FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2020
The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Celebrates New Member, The South Asian Public Health Association
Washington, D.C.— Following a vote by the general membership, NCAPA is pleased to welcome the newest member of the coalition, the South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA).
SAPHA was established in 1999 to address public health issues impacting South Asians in the United States. They work through interactions among South Asian health professionals and shared resources, focusing on research, education, communication, and advocacy.
Yousra Yusuf, MPH, President of the South Asian Public Health Association said:
“The South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA) is excited to join the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) network. SAPHA’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of South Asian communities by advancing the field of South Asian American public health through research, education, communication, and advocacy. We look forward to working together towards progressive policy for the health and future of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. We are particularly glad to express our solidarity in this moment of heightened crisis and hope to forge enduring partnerships in the work for justice and equity for our communities.”
NCAPA National Director, Gregg Orton stated:
“We are thrilled to welcome SAPHA as the newest member of NCAPA. As we continue to face the current pandemic, meaningful solidarity is needed so much more, and these moments to appreciate working together resonate more deeply. SAPHA’s expertise and track record will undoubtedly make our health work stronger, but it is their allyship, when we know it will take all of our collective efforts to overcome the challenges of COVID-19, that we celebrate today.”
Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of 37 national Asian Pacific American organizations that serves to represent the interests of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns. Our communities are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, currently making up approximately six percent of the population.