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Major Outreach Award Highlights: Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islander Substance Abuse Information Outreach Center

by Ford Kuramoto, DSW, LCSW
Director, National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse
Los Angeles, CA

The National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA) received funding for a Major Outreach Award Subcontract from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Pacific Southwest Region. The project involved outreach to California, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands Jurisdiction. NAPAFASA is a national, private, non-profit coalition of youth, parents, community leaders, service providers and other professionals dedicated to the prevention, treatment and recovery of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI). Through its working relationships with community-based service agencies in California, Hawaii, and Guam, NAPAFASA developed a plan to reach and train as many groups and organizations as possible to promote the use of the National Library of Medicine and its many resources.

Picture of NAPAFASA Staff at the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers

In California, the NAPAFASA Project conducted numerous outreach efforts to primarily Southeast Asian populations in the Central Valley region of the state from Fresno to Sacramento. In Southern California, MedlinePlus demonstrations and trainings were conducted at the Southeast Asian Community Alliance, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, and the Korean American Family Service Center. The NAPAFASA Project disseminated NN/LM brochures to the Asian Pacific Resource Center Librarian, County of Los Angeles Public Library, in Montebello and the public libraries in Carson, San Gabriel and Rosemead.

Picture of Participants at the NAPAFASA Project training session in Honolulu

NAPAFASA partnered with the Coalition for A Drug-Free Hawaii (CDFH) in Honolulu, to educate the AANHPI communities about the NN/LM resources and promote their use. A project training session was conducted in Honolulu, which included CDFH, Guam and NAPAFASA staff. Cynthia Cabot of Community Voices, Incorporated, in Guam, traveled to the training, and an American Samoa representative in Pago Pago participated by telephone. The training included how to use MedlinePlus and other resources, and how to conduct training sessions for local communities. The Coalition for A Drug-Free Hawaii made outreach efforts to the “Neighbor Islands” of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the “Big Island” of Hawaii. A training was also held in Hilo on the “Big Island” as well as Lihue, Kauai.

Community Voices, Incorporated, the NAPAFASA Project partner in Guam, conducted a training on Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, and on Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Numerous technical assistance events were held, including the University of Guam student groups and the Community Services and Resources Coalition on Guam.

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