We cultivate healthy, long-lasting, and vibrant Asian and Pacific Islander communities through grassroots organizing.
We want a world where Asian and Pacific Islander communities – and all communities of color – have full power to access good health and a healthy environment.
API Forward Movement (APIFM) was founded as the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance, or APIOPA, in 2007. The founders were a group of community advocates who saw that Asians and Pacific Islanders were being left out of public health efforts to address the obesity epidemic, which is why our organization’s name centered obesity prevention at the time.
Since then, the organization’s focus has broadened to ensure APIs are served and represented in efforts to address a range of community health and environmental justice issues. This work has included collaboration with local Asian American farmers and other small farmers of color, building a local food hub to distribute produce from these farmers to small corner stores in LA’s low-income neighborhoods and to the general public via Community Supported Agriculture, as well as environmental justice leadership development with high school youth in San Gabriel Valley. Over the years, we’ve also offered dynamic active living programs, like monthly hiking groups and community bike rides that integrate physical activity with education about the cultural history of LA’s Asian enclaves. More recently, we have also been working on transportation and parks, to ensure that discussions on these key issues include API faces, voices, cultures, and languages. With the support of LA County Department of Public Health’s Champions for Change grant, we’ve also rolled out culturally responsive nutrition education and neighborhood-based advocacy for healthy food access for immigrant communities in Little Tokyo, Koreatown, Historic Filipinotown, and Chinatown.
Our team is passionate about amplifying and addressing the needs of our communities, and moving API community-based leadership forward. That’s why, in 2017, we changed our name from APIOPA to API Forward Movement, and unveiled our new mission statement: to cultivate healthy, long-lasting, and vibrant Asian and Pacific Islander communities through grassroots organizing.
API Forward Movement is driven by advocates who are passionate about health equity, the environment, food access, and social justice. Our core staff collaborates closely with community members, organizational partners, youth activists, researchers, and other local leaders on a daily basis. We believe in doing the work collectively!
Our highly active advisory board provides vision and fundraising support across our work. Their energy and dedication help drive us!
Donors & Supporters
We want to thank the following donors and supporters for their generosity, and for helping make our work possible.
- Aetna Foundation
- Annenberg Foundation
- California Community Foundation
- Chinatown Firecracker Run
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
- Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
- Dignity Health Community Benefits – Long Beach
- First 5 Los Angeles
- FreshWorks Fund
- Kaiser Permanente – Los Angeles
- Kaiser Permanente – South Bay
- Kaiser Permanente – Southern California
- Independence at Home (IAH), a SCAN community service
- Nissan Foundation
- SoCalGas Foundation
- St. Joseph’s Foundation
- The California Endowment
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation
- Board of Supervisors – Hilda Solis
- California Environmental Protection Agency
- Center for Disease Control
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- North American Association for Environmental Education
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- US Department of Agriculture
- California State University, Fullerton
- California State University, Los Angeles
- Pepperdine University
- Pitzer College
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of Southern California
- Elite Graphics
- Asian Pacific Community Fund
- Circle of Change