APIFM’s Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL) program aims to serve people of all ages in underserved, historically Asian American neighborhoods. Our HEAL team of staff and volunteers currently does grassroots education and organizing to promote health equity in Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Historic Filipinotown, and San Gabriel Valley. We place a high priority on delivering culturally responsive community programming that is accessible to people regardless of English language proficiency, which is why we do our work in Korean, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Spanish, and other languages/dialects besides English.

The HEAL program currently includes:

  • Nutrition education
  • Healthy recipe demonstrations
  • Nutrition information outreach (door-knocking, tabling, etc.)
  • Physical activity, especially easy exercise and Qigong/Tai Chi that is accessible to different abilities and ages
  • Produce distribution via pantries and pop-up stands, per funding availability and site capacity
  • Community gardening
  • Activating community member leadership, so that residents can assess, discuss, and make change around local issues affecting their ability to be healthy and active

HEAL’s amazing community partners include:

  • Chinatown Service Center
  • Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance
  • Koreatown Youth & Community Center
  • Little Tokyo Service Center
  • Los Angeles State Historic Park
  • Pilipino Workers Center
  • Search to Involve Pilipino Americans
  • Sustainable Little Tokyo/Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
  • The Karsh Center

Thank you to the funders that currently make the HEAL program possible:

  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Champions for Change – Healthy Communities Initiative

If you are interested in partnering with us, volunteering/interning for HEAL, or would like more information, please contact Corina Penaia, HEAL Program Manager, at corina [at] apifm.org.