apafss.org  |  September 2019


September is National Childhood Awareness month. According to healthfinder.gov, one in 5 children in the United States have obesity. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Our H.E.A.L. & Wellness project addresses the community health need of "Healthy Eating, Active Living."  The target population is low-income Asian immigrant, Hispanic/Latino and African American youths and their families from Chinatown, Tenderloin, and Visitacion Valley communities. We will serve at least 270 individuals (youth and their families). It is a one-year project funded by Kaiser Permanente.

This month we are in the midst of training six adults and six youth as Community Educators in the adapted evidence-based California Department of Public Health (CDPH) / Champions for Change “HEAL Toolkit.” In turn, they will outreach and educate community members through workshops, conduct participant assessments, and measure behavioral changes. Our staff will follow up with those interested and eligible to enroll in CalFresh, WIC and other food or physical activity programs. Success is to have 75% of the participants demonstrate consistency in a change in behavior.


Individual Therapy At School Helped Youth Overcome Panic Attacks

Michelle, a 10-year-old youth, moved to San Francisco from China 15 months ago. Suffering from cerebral palsy, she has already lost the ability to walk. She speaks English, but has never lived outside of her home country. Soon after the move and beginning of school in San Francisco, Michelle began to show signs of severe anxiety.


Her mom referred her to counseling at school. She reported that Michelle had recently developed acute anxiety related to her new medical treatment. In addition to her anxious concern over her medical treatment and her health, Michelle experienced a change in her care which deeply upset her. Her grandma, who used to be her primary caregiver and by her side every day,...

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After successfully leading APA for ten years, Amor Santiago, our Executive Director will be leaving the organization effective January 2020. The Board of Directors' Personnel committee has been diligently reviewing resumes to identify candidates for the next phase of in-person interviews. We anticipate a smooth transition when the time comes.


To our newsletter readers and recipients who got to know APA through Amor, we hope you will stay with us beyond Amor's tenure. If you would like to stay, please contact Angie at angie@apafss.org.

5 QUESTIONS  With Our Board Member

Dean Yao PhD

Dean has been with our Board of Directors for close to 9 years, serving on the Personnel committee. His professional background is in software marketing with a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science.


Currently the Senior Director of Product Marketing at Logi Analytics, Dean has worked for companies such as Intel Corporation, VMware, and Nimbula in the past decade. In 2009, he founded the San Francisco chapter of Project by Project (PbP). PbP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization originally founded in New York City in 1998 by a group of young Asian American professionals with the mindset of volunteering, increasing awareness and fundraising for fellow organizations within the Asian American community.


Why did you join the Board?

I would like to get more involved in helping the community. While I was President of Project by Project - San Francisco, I learned about APA and we raised funds for the organization.


What do you appreciate about the services that APA provides?

APA provides hands-on, direct support for at-risk families.


What would you like to see APA accomplish for the future?

Expand services to help more families in the broader community, not just limited to Asian and Pacific Islanders.

What would you like to see APA accomplish for the future?

Expand services to help more families in the broader community, not just limited to Asian and Pacific Islanders.


Tell us about your family?

My wife and I have a 6-year-old son who is now learning Mandarin at school, and a 2-year-old daughter. 


What do you do in your leisure time?

As much as I travel for business, I still enjoy traveling. Of course I love spending time with my family, doing different activities.


On August 26, CTBC Bank's Financial Relationship Officers Gary Li and Ano Monteiro gave a presentation to our Spanish speaking clients at our 50 Raymond Ave. Visitacion Valley site. Our Program Coordinator thought that her clients need basic saving/budgeting concepts. She noticed they spend a lot of money, and a financial literacy workshop would be beneficial. She's right. Among the questions raised in the Q&A were: What is the requirement of opening a savings account ? What is an IRA account?


Twelve new and expecting moms were invited to our August Community Baby Shower at our Chinatown/North Beach main office. Registered nurse Natalie Hsueh came to present a workshop and provided resources...

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Back to school is not just for kids. On August 23, young and middle-aged adults, and seniors attended our first Smartphone Workshop at APA Visitacion Valley 50 Raymond Ave. office site. Funded by the...

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APA's Chinatown Family Support Center programs are now back in session at the Chinatown YMCA. There was a huge turnout at our Fall Kick-Off Celebration on August 27. Families mingled and signed up for our...

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Play & Glow families, our Visitacion Valley parent-child interactive group, went to the Nature Play Day hosted by First 5 San Francisco on August 28. Held at the Louis Sutter Playground in McLaren Park, it was...

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We were at the Autumn Moon Festival Street Fair in Chinatown to promote our services to the general public. Over the weekend of September 7 and 8, over 280 families visited our booth. Thanks to our...

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We organized a Mid-Autumn Festival celebration for clients at our Excelsior family resource center on September 12. Fourteen families were at this lunch gathering. The adults had fun figuring out the riddles...

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APA's mission is to promote healthy children and families by providing family support services to prevent child abuse and domestic violence. We also advocate for culturally competent services for Asians and Pacific Islanders through education, community building and leadership development.
APA Family Support Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency. Your contribution to support APA is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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Received -- August 24-September 20, 2019 Donations

Bronze Level:  Jesse Cheng Foundation

Comerica Bank, Magenta, Inc. (monthly)

Friends of APA: Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corp.

$100 - $499: Dale Minami & Sandra Ai Mori

$10 - $99: Sarah Chui, Linus Liang


Chair  Rose Chung  Asian America Foundation

President  Cary Chen  Recology  
Vice President  Jacqueline Huie First Republic Bank

Secretary  Julie Hoxie  University of California, Berkeley
Treasurer  Joyce Tso, CPA/ABV  ASAM, LLP

Mai-Sie Chan, M.D.  Private Practice
Van Diep  KTSF-TV, Channel 26

Stephen Koh, CLF  MassMutual Financial Group

Fanny Lam  COMPASS Real Estate

Kory Lam  HSBC Bank (USA)
Susan Sung, Ph.D., Professor Emerita  

San Francisco State University

Dean Yao, Ph.D.  Logi Analytics

Rick Yuen, Assistant Dean Emeritus, Stanford University 

Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH

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