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Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum Launches Health Information Network

May 28, 2009

San Francisco, CA - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Forum (APIAHF) today launched its Health Information Network to provide valuable information on Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander health issues and tools to communicate with advocates, policymakers, community leaders and health organizations.

http://www.apiahf.org/index.php/apiahf-health-information-network.html

The Health Information Network includes issue-specific email lists to share information and resource, a health organization directory containing organizations that serve Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.  Students, researchers and advocates will also be able to find data, research and other resources on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, in a publications directory.

"One of the biggest challenges in addressing health issues in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities is finding and distributing information about the health issues we face," said Dr. Ho Luong Tran, president and CEO of APIAHF.  "Our goal is to make timely and accurate information available to support our communities in their efforts to improve health and health care.  The Health Information Network links our communities together and provides a gateway to lessons learned, new ideas and the knowledge base for driving change."

The Health Information Network will provide up to date information on public health emergencies.  APIAHF is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, (NCAPIP) and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) to make announcements and urgent information available in Asian and Pacific Islander languages.  The Health Information Network can also be used to access U.S. Census data on population, growth, and socio-economics for 21 Asian American and Pacific Islander sub-groups as well as for other major racial/ethnic groups in the United States.

The Health Information Network is supported by grant funding from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) at the National Institutes of Health and the U.S.  Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) is a national health policy organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. APIAHF's mission is to advocate for greater recognition, inclusion and engagement of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders on policies and programs that are critical to the health and well-being of our diverse and vibrant communities.