OAPIA Launches Healthy Living Initiative

The DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) has launched Healthy Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in DC (HAAPIDC) – a healthy living promotion targeting the District community.

“This initiative fits in line with Mayor Bowser’s vision of ensuring residents in all 8 Wards have access to the tools they need to live quality and productive lives. Growing up with limited English proficient (LEP) parents and being an English language learner (ELL) myself, I have a keen understanding of the benefits that HAAPIDC will afford our residents by increasing access to translated materials in their language,” said David Do, OAPIA Director.

Healthy Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in DC is an initiative aimed at improving the quality of life of DC’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) residents. HAAPIDC will increase the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate information on healthy living to DC’s AAPI residents. The information provided will be on health conditions and risk factors that disproportionately affect AAPIs as a whole, and specific AAPI ethnic groups. The top ten causes of death in AAPIs are: cancer; heart disease; stroke; unintentional injuries; diabetes; influenza and pneumonia; chronic lower respiratory disease; kidney disease; Alzheimer’s disease; and suicide.

This multilingual healthy living promotion initiative is the first of its kind in the District. The information will target residents and practitioners alike and serve as a starting point to improving health outcomes in the AAPI community and help contribute to reducing health disparities.

For more information about HAAPIDC, please visit www.apia.dc.gov or contact Neel Saxena at neel.saxena@dc.gov.

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