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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.

Contact:
Miriah De Matos, Institute for Public Health
San Diego State University
mdematos@projects.sdsu.edu

Co-Researchers:
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

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Last Updated: May 06, 2016