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The Latest on the Outbreak of Lung Injury

By Michelle Wong The vaping trend is rapidly rising, and teens are paying the price. E-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco products among U.S. youth since 2014.1 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that “E-cigarettes are not safe for youth.”2 Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine,…...

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A Successful Summer Mixer

By Courtney Shojinaga Last month, our team hosted a mixer at Wolf and Crane Bar in Little Tokyo. Getting the location ready for the event was a busy time, with people organizing tables of fresh produce and food from local businesses, creating prize bags, and setting out pins and t-shirts…...

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‘Tis the Season of Stone Fruits!

By Courtney Shojinaga The students at KYCC Kids Town have completed a lesson on peaches, which included tasting white, yellow, and donut peaches. One parent shared that her daughter couldn’t stop talking about the donut peaches at home- a fruit that even the mother didn’t know about! This lesson also…...

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Reflection on My APIFM Internship

By Victoria Tan My name is Victoria and I was an intern at APIFM this past summer. I am a Masters of Health student at UCLA and have previously worked in the mental health field. My career interests center on immigrant health issues, specifically Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian…...

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Parents from Garvey Unified School District Head Start Learn About Whole Grains

Written by Corina Penaia From September 2018 to June 2019, APIFM partnered with Garvey Unified School District’s Head Start program to offer a nutrition education series that integrated farm-to-school produce distribution! in one of our monthly nutrition workshops parents learned about the benefits of consuming whole grains. Whole grains contain…...

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Kizuna Workshop

By Courtney Shojinaga This past week, Kyle and I had the honor of being guest speakers at NCI: an 8 week summer internship through Kizuna. The 13 interns were growing into our next generation of community leaders, learning about their ethnic identity and increasing awareness of Asian American communities and…...

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A Cig-nal for Others to Follow!

By: Emily Pham California is a pioneer in the development and implementation of anti-smoking legislation. In 1998, it was the first state to prohibit indoor smoking in public places to reduce secondhand smoke; more recently, the state has placed an excise tax on cigarettes and expanded smoke laws to include…...

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It’s Finally Summer!

We recently had to say good-bye to our Kid’s Town graduating students who will be moving onto kindergarten, but are so glad they were able to create fun memories in the school garden with us. We recently completed a lesson on purple rice! The students were eager to share the…...

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Let’s Learn about Edamame!

By Courtney Shojinaga, Health Educator Whether mixed in with rice or served fresh out of the pods, edamame is a classic snack among API communities. Recently, the students at KYCC Kid’s Town completed a lesson on this vegetable! They learned that edamame is a great source of protein, which helps…...

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Ulam, Malunggay, and MyPlate: Creating a Culturally Tailored Health Educator Guide for Filipino Americans

by Jamie Michelle Prudencio My name is Jamie Michelle Prudencio, a third-year Public Health major at California State University, Northridge. Growing up as a daughter of Filipino immigrants, I lived in Historic Filipinotown, where my parents both worked two jobs. My parents attempted to make homemade meals but with their…...

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