Welcome to #APAMSAAdvocates, a series of interviews highlighting Asian/Pacific Islander American advocates in healthcare to inspire and inform APAMSA members and help us envision a future in advocacy.
Dr. Martina Leialoha Kamaka, a Native Hawaiian Family Physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine; Vice Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians; and founder and board member of the Ahahui o na Kauka (Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians) and the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress.
Dr. Alka Kanaya, a general internist, epidemiologist, and the Director of Clinical Translational Sciences Training at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research in cardiovascular disease epidemiology focuses on risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, particularly in South Asian communities.
Kimberly S.G. Chang, MD, MPH, a family physician at Asian Health Services in Oakland, California, and vice speaker of the house on the board of directors for the National Association of Community Health Centers.
Dr. Tung Nguyen, the Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); director of the UCSF Asian American Research Center on Health; chair of the Progressive Vietnamese American Association (PIVOT); AAPI Progressive Action board member; and former Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs.