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Central Valley Adult AANHPI Leadership Summit

February 11 @ 10:00 am - February 12 @ 3:00 pm

About this Event

The California Health Collaborative invites you to attend the Central Valley Adult Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Virtual Leadership Summit on February 11-12, 2021 from 10:00AM-3PM (both days)on Zoom. Join us for two powerful days of teaching and fellowship with Rod Lew, MPH a national leader committed to improving the health of AANHPI communities. A special leadership box will be mailed to each participant to support your participation!

This opportunity is open to community members who wish to advance their leadership and advocacy skills to reduce tobacco-related health disparities among AANHPI communities in the Central Valley. The training will be hosted in collaboration with a national organization, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL). APPEAL is an organization created in 1994 to address health justice issues for AANHPI populations. They are skilled in providing training related to capacity building, leadership development, and advocacy to support community leaders committed to making a positive impact in their communities. Founder and Executive Director of APPEAL, Rod Lew, has over 30 years of experience in managing diverse community health programs and leading efforts towards achieving health equity. He will be joined by other APPEAL leaders who will engage participants through a series of interactive leadership activities and trainings.

Apply today to join our third cohort of leaders and gain:

• Knowledge, skills and tools related to advancing policy change to address health disparities among the AANHPI community.

• Receive a certificate from a nationally recognized leadership program after completion.

• Long-lasting relationships with like-minded people!

Please complete the following registration form for you to be considered for participation in the Summit. You must be at least 18 years old to participate and reside in the Central Valley. Space is limited to only 15 participants.

Deadline to apply: February 4TH at 5PM.

Notification for acceptance: February 5TH by 5PM.

Questions? Contact Baolia Xiong at bxiong@healthcollaborative.org or 559-244-4553

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About Rod Lew, M.P.H.

Rod has over 30 years of experience in managing diverse community health programs and leading efforts toward achieving health equity. His experience includes leadership development, program implementation, advocacy, coalition building, community-based research, strategic planning, grants development and multimedia materials development.

Rod is the Founder and Executive Director of Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), a national non-profit organization created in 1994 to address health justice issues for Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs). Through APPEAL, Rod has developed national models on cross cultural leadership, capacity building and policy change that have contributed to the growth of a national movement for AANHPIs and other priority populations on tobacco, food and active living justice. Rod has given hundreds of presentations in 38 states and territories and 10 countries and trained more than 1000 community advocates from multiple priority populations. Prior to APPEAL, Rod was the Health Education Director at Asian Health Services and the Associate Director for the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations.

Rod was a contributing author to the 1998 Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco Use and has written and published widely on tobacco control and health equity. He was the guest editor for a monograph on health equity among Asian Americans and two journal special issues on tobacco control. Rod provided testimony to the U.S. Congressional Committee on Commerce on the impact of national tobacco policy and to the U.S. Surgeon General. He has also served on numerous national health advisory committees. Rod has also produced and directed several health and educational videos.


February 11 @ 10:00 am
February 12 @ 3:00 pm




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