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ABOUT US - MISSION, ACTION, & HISTORY


Mission and Vision

Our mission is to be the voice of AA and NHPI health professionals to advance the health and well being of AA and NHPI peoples and communities. NCAPIP is committed to:

a)   Achieving optimal health and well being of AA and NHPI communities by promoting adequate and fair public and private funding to address both health and social issues related to health;

b)   Advancing equitable representation of the AA and NHPI medical professionals throughout the private and public health care delivery and management systems at executive and senior levels;

c)   Preparing its members to assume leadership positions by improving the educational pipeline, fostering culturally appropriate professional development initiatives, and promoting mentorship

We are committed to the concept of serving all Americans with fairness and equity by addressing the critical issues in our health care debate: quality, access, and cost containment. As a physician organization dedicated to the improvement of health and well-being of the AA and NHPI community, we also stand for solutions that advance the health care status of all of our peoples and communities.


A Call to Arms: NCAPIP's Plan of Action

In order for the NCAPIP to fulfill its mission to be the voice of Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander health professionals in advancing the health and well being of AA, and NHPI peoples and communities, NCAPIP will conduct two key actions:

1.   Move Forward the NCAPIP Health Care Reform Platform

As both the Obama administration and congressional leaders have declared health care reform as a top domestic priority, NCAPIP is poised to galvanize the AA and NHPI health providers to become involved in a movement that is inclusive of the AA and NHPI challenges and experiences. To succeed at creating changes, NCAPIP needs to build the membership, and as one member stated: "NCAPIP will be a membership organization with as many members as we can muster to amplify our voice, to support our works and to mobilize our core constituency."

The NCAPIP policy agenda is based on three objectives: to improve access and quality of care that includes cultural and linguistically competent care services, to increase research and data collection, and to provide API representation and leadership development.

Although the HIT legislation is already done, NCAPIP needs to support a policy that would strengthen the HIT program by allocating federal resources for further research to improve efficiency of HIT system, by putting special consideration to small practice needs, and by increasing the level of doctorsˇ¦ efficiency in using HIT. There is a need for the federal government to set up an FDA like entity to oversee products offered for HIT, and to consider a waiver should certain providers not be able to implement HIT by 2015, when penalties are instituted.

Cultural competence is a major issue with regard to access and quality of care. Therefore, under health care reform, there must be policies that address the needs of underserved AA and NHPI communities, as well as other minority communities, by promoting the placement of providers with both language and cultural proficiency in these communities.

In May 2010 NCAPIP will hold the second annual conference in Washington, D.C. with the theme: "Moving Forward the NCAPIP Health Care Reform Platform." Discussions will center on access to care, quality of health care that is equitable with due consideration to the diversity of the AA and NHPI population, data collection that also captures variation in care and outcomes, health information technology (HIT) and the electronic health record that take in account the clinical settings of AA and NHPI providers.

2.   Build NCAPIP Communication System

NCAPIP will develop interactive health communication (IHC) applications, defined as "the interaction of an individual, NCAPIP, with or through an electronic device or communication technology to access or transmit health information, or to receive or provide guidance and support on a health-related issue" (The Science Panel, 1999, pg.1). The primary goals are: to stay connected with the AA and NHPI health professional community, to develop public education access to health issues pertinent to AA and NHPI in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate, to develop and maintain a peer reviewed online health journal with special emphasis on the application of medical science to improve a broadly defined health and mental health care for AA and NHPI, and to develop a rapid response network to prepare our communities for public health and other national emergencies with information that is language appropriate and takes cultural differences into account.

The intent of the NCAPIP website is to disseminate invaluable health and policy information, resources and capabilities to the AA and NHPI peoples and communities that can be in the form of news, alerts, references, bibliographic references, annotations, commentaries, resource materials. Integrated into the website will be new technologies that NCAPIP can utilize to communicate with its constituencies. It will provide efficient and effective electronic communication.
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NCAPIP's Historical Perspective

1986 - 2006: The Need for an Asian Health Movement

In 1986, the Secretary of Health and Human Services issued a report on the status of Minority Health: Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black & Minority Health. The report was notable for the paucity of information concerning the health status of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AA, NHPI) and the erroneous perception that their health was better than other minority populations.

As a direct response to the publication, San Francisco Chinese physicians and other concerned individuals came together. They created what became the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) in order to develop a common agenda to address the healthcare needs of and the lack of relevant information and data about AA,NHPI communities.

In the past 20 years, significant momentum to address AA, NHPI health and well-being has been generated.? In 1999, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13125 which established the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In 2001, President George W. Bush signed an Executive Order extending the Advisory Commission.

Other indicators of progress include the founding of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC); the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators (NAPACSL); the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA); Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART), the Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Alliance, and the National Council of API Physicians (NCAPIP). This momentum continues with recent investments by the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

September 13, 2006: Creation of the National Council of API Physicians

Assessments conducted across the nation recognized that Asian and Pacific Islander physicians speaking as a concerted voice for the advancement of AAPI health would have much greater leverage in both public and private sectors. There was an urgent and growing need for this constituency to come together and organize as a national advocacy Council to work on policy and advocacy for the community.

A national convening of Asian & Pacific Islander physicians took place on September 13, 2006, at the APIAHF 2006 Health Summit, in San Jose, California. Leaders from different national AA, NHPI physiciansˇ¦ organizations representing almost all AA, NHPI ethnic groups such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian Asian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Thai, Vietnamese and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander participated and agreed to the creation of the National Council of Asian & Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP).

The NCAPIP Steering Committee was formed and the announcement made at the APIAHF Health Summit on September 14, 2006 to an audience of more than 600 participants coming from most states and territories of the United States and representing different sections of health services.

NCAPIP was created to be the voice of Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander health professionals to advance the health and well being of AA, NHPI peoples and communities.

2007: Stepping into the Public Sphere

NCAPIP participated in national efforts to move forward the advocacy voice, speaking at functions and educating legislators on issues.

2008: Laying Foundations for Improvement

The second general meeting was held in October 2008 in Anaheim/Orange County, California having the theme: "Physicians and Community Engagement to Advance Optimal Health and Well Being of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders."

Major resolutions passed at this meeting included:

  • Highly educated, privileged professionals must lend their voice to make changes happen and have the courage to take leadership
  • Health care is a right
  • Promoting equity in resources
  • NCAPIP will move forward by forming alliances and building partnerships while keeping our intrinsic culture
  • NCAPIP status as a non profit 501 (c) 3 entity representing physicians' organizations
  • 2009: First Annual Conference

    On May 30-31, 2009 NCAPIP held the third general meeting in Crystal City, Virginia and a conference entitled: "Health Care Reform: Implication to Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders".

    2010: Second Annual Conference

    The National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians will hold its Second Annual Conference on May 21-22, 2010 entitled: "Moving Forward on Health Reform: Building Partnerships, Achieving Health Equity".
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