CHICAGO (Nov. 1, 2015) — The Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (APIC) will be hosting three days of special events at the 2015 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago, IL. Beginning November 1, APIC will convene nine scientific sessions, one mentorship roundtable, three poster sessions, and an APIC President’s Session entitled “Ensuring a Healthy Future for Asian American and Pacific Islander American Older Adults.”
On Nov. 2, between 8 and 10 p.m., APIC will host their Students & Young Professionals Meet & Greet, “Inspiring the Future of Asian & Pacific Islander Public Health” at the McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S106A. Sora Park-Tanjasiri, DrPH, MPH, will kick-off the event with a presentation on “Paying It Forward.”
APIC will honor UCLA School of Public Health Professor Margie Kagawa-Singer, PhD, MA, MN, RN, FAAN, with APIC’s Lifetime Achievement Award. To inspire the future, Dr. Kagawa-Singer will present APIC’s “Inspiring the Future Award” to Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a young Marshallese poet who had the privilege of addressing the 2014 U.N. Summit on Climate Change. To recognize the promise of students and young professionals, APIC will recognize Nathan Boucher, DrPH and Ruijia Chen, MS, with the “Advancing the Health and Health Equity of Older Americans of Color Award.” RSVP for this free event at apic-yp.eventbrite.com.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, between 8 and 10:30 p.m., the APIC program will close with a penultimate event, the APIC Awards Ceremony, at the McCormick Place Convention Center. The APIC Awards ceremony will begin with “America’s Doctor is In: A Conversation with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy,” and a keynote address by Tung Nguyen, MD, the Chair of the President’s Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The awards event will be moderated by MSNBC and NBC News Anchor Richard Lui, MBA. APHA President-Elect Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD and APIC President & CEO Elena Ong, PHN, MS, will induct U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA into the APIC Hall of Fame. The APIC Community Organization Recognition Awardees: Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center and Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs; the APIC Best Published Paper Awardees: Mandy LaBreche, MPH et al, Feng Qian, MD, PhD et al, and Edwin Chandrasekar, MBA et al; and the APIC Best Student Abstract Awardees: Kris Pui-Kwan Ma and Sae Rom Chung, will also be honored.
RSVP for this event at apic-event.eventbrite.com. For details regarding the full 2015 APIC Program, visit www.apicaucus.org.
About APIC – APIC is the vision and voice for Asian & Pacific Islander Public Health and Health Equity. APIC became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2014 last year, after 40 years serving as a caucus in affiliation with APHA. APIC’s mission is to advance the health and health equity of Asians & Pacific Islanders in the United States, associated jurisdictions, and the diaspora, in affiliation with the American Public Health Association.