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Kathy Ko Chin, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum


Kathy Ko Chin, is the President & CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens organizations to improve the health of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. With strong values from her parents, Kathy's life’s work has been to build community institutions which contribute to a just and multiracial society. At an early age, Kathy's parents, immigrants from China, shared with her the truths about injustice in our society, instilling in her the impetus to give back to the country that has given her so much. With more than 30 years’ experience, Kathy has provided direct community-based health services, been staff and consultant to nonprofits and private philanthropy, and has worked in policy advocacy.

Kathy is recognized as an authority on national health policy, but also as a leader in the Asian American community nationally. Through her advocacy on AA and NHPI health issues, leading foundations have joined APIAHF’s work, doubling the scope and size of APIAHF over 3 years. Kathy is a frequent contributor in the media on AA and NHPI perspectives and health issues, including in the "Huffington Post”, local publications, and ethnic media.

Kathy volunteers by chairing or serving on the board of many nonprofits, including Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Asian Women’s Shelter, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, the Public Health Institute, and California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. Kathy’s contributions have been recognized by prestigious organizations, including being accepted into the Stanford Alumni Multi-Cultural Hall of Fame and receiving the California Primary Care Association Community Clinic Champion Award.


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