AAPCHO Awarded $1.72M to Support Community Health Centers Serving Vulnerable Populations

June 19, 2020

Award Includes Supplemental Funding to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) recently received $1.72 million to help community health centers respond to the evolving health care landscape amid and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. AAPCHO is the only organization among other award recipients focused on providing training and technical assistance to advance the health care needs of medically underserved Asian Americans (AAs), Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs).

AAPCHO received $1.72 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support its National Training and Technical Assistance program, which provides resources and training and technical assistance (T/TA) to existing and new health centers to best meet the cultural and linguistic needs of AA and NHPI communities. The award also includes supplemental funding of $75 thousand for the development and delivery of T/TA to support health centers’ COVID-19 prevention, preparedness, and response.

“This funding allows us to strengthen our training and technical assistance offerings to support AAPCHO members and other health centers,” said Joe Lee, training and technical assistance director at AAPCHO. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with our members and other partners to provide tailored resources on improving language access, cultural humility practice, and data collection focused on the impact of social determinants of health and value of Enabling Services programs in health centers.”

“We are grateful for this continued support from HRSA. This funding will help advance health equity and lead to better health for some of our most vulnerable AA and NHPI communities,” said Jen Lee, director of community services and partnerships at AAPCHO. “With the growing number of AAs and NHPIs, it is important that our health care system is equipped to meet their needs. This grant will help in our efforts to ensure that more culturally and linguistically responsive community health center providers exist and are supported nationwide.”

More information about this award can be found here. To learn more about AAPCHO’s National Training and Technical Assistance program, visit


AAPCHO is a national association of community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. For more information on AAPCHO, please visit


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