WASHINGTON – Today, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) released its report Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Networks for Community Health: Results of a National Survey of Community-Based Organizations. The third annual national survey explores the priorities and challenges of nearly 100 Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander serving community-based organizations post the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.    

“This unique report provides an understanding of the critical work of our community partners. Our partners’ input captured in the report provides data and analysis for decision-makers at all levels, with actionable information on how to better engage and resource community-based organizations to promote racial and health equity more effectively to better contribute to the prevention, response, and recovery to current and future public health emergencies.

“As our nation emerges from the Public Health Emergency and leaders work to address the most pressing needs, community-based organizations still struggle for resources to meet the needs of their constituents. Long-term, sustainable solutions need to be established to shift the paradigm from facilitating access to services and treatment to aspiring for achieving prevention and wellness.”

Top Five Emerging Health Programming Funding Gaps:

  • People With Disabilities 
  • LGBTQI+ Health
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Addiction & Substance Abuse 
  • Mental Health

With more community-based organizations responding, this year’s survey underscores and validates key findings from APIAHF’s second National Survey of Community-Based Organizations (2021). Real investment and resources are required and necessary to systemically move the needle on the following institutionalized challenges. 

Top Five Advocacy Priorities: 

  • Health Equity 
  • Data Equity and Data Disaggregation
  • Language Access
  • Access to Health Insurance
  • Racial Justice 

Challenges to Enrolling People in Health Coverage

  • Language Access
  • Systemic Complexities
  • Funding
  • Staffing Constraints
  • Trust Issues

The full report can be found here.