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San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Community Health Network
Blue Ribbon Award Semi-Finalist
The Asian Pacific Islander Community Health Network (API) is a San Diego county-wide nexus for improved research, accessible information, and health resources. The primary partners are Operation Samahan, a community health center that has emerged within the Filipino community over the last 30 years, and the Institute for Public Health in San Diego State University (SDSU), a graduate research center promoting quality evaluation, training, technology, and effective project partnerships to bridge academic and community knowledge.
Based on a desire to see API groups represented in research and to further engage the community, Operation Samahan brought in two non-profit organizations (Access, Inc., and Pacific American Education and Scholastic Foundation) as new partners.
Data collection, analysis, and dissemination are a collaborative process, while SDSU provides training and skill transfer to the other partners. The primary community benefit was creating a clearinghouse of resources and research related to San Diego County API health. The project also encourages partnerships among different providers and agencies.
The network trains API student interns in community-based participatory research through the project, and faculty benefit from opportunities to meet and exchange with fellow local researchers, making a wider audience aware of information available. The project has also built and strengthened relationships between SDSU and its community partners.
Miriah De Matos, Institute for Public Health
San Diego State University
Anh Chu & Phylicia Marie B. Ruiz, Operation Samahan
Key words: Asian/Asian American/Asian Pacific Islanders, law/ legal services, domestic violence, immigrants, San Diego, Southern California, internship, clearinghouse