Community Outreach Initiative

About Us

Community Outreach Initiative (COI) is an APAMSA program that encourages communication among APAMSA chapters and provides resources to facilitate the planning and implementation of valuable community outreach activities. Together, chapters work together to document past and future community-service activities, exchange ideas in forums, and contribute to an online inventory of event reports, sample program materials, contact info, advice, and other helpful information. Such communication not only assists individual chapter efforts but also allows for opportunities to collaborate on larger-scale, regional- and national-level community-service projects. In addition, chapters that sign up may be eligible for grants to support their activities as such grants become available.

Resources and Opportunities

How your chapter can get involved:

Sign up to join the COI network! E-mail with the contact info of at least one or two representatives who will serve as your chapter’s COI liaisons. They will be in charge of obtaining communications from National COI and will submit brief event reports and photo documentation of their chapter’s activities. They will also provide information to regional officers, who will work to monitor the community needs of their regions and plan collaboration opportunities where possible. Regional officers are welcome to recruit additional APAMSA members to help them with such responsibilities, and please let us know if there are members in your chapter that would also like to take on a regional role!

Submit event reports and pictures of your latest community-outreach projects. Just email

Contribute translated health materials or language-learning materials. Send to Many of the communities we serve are non-English-speaking. We are currently recruiting any and all language-related materials that you may have for a new database that will be shared on our APAMSA website and that can assist chapters in serving such communities. Examples might include translated forms or surveys, translated health information packets, or handouts from Medical Chinese classes. We will credit the chapters that provide us with the resources. If you know of other materials, such as helpful links or resources from other organizations, please also let us know!

In need of additional funding for your community outreach project, such as a health fair or fitness day? We are currently accepting grant applications! Grants will be reviewed and funds disbursed on a first come first serve basis. Please email with any questions.

Other Resources:

American Cancer Society’s Asian Language Materials

National Cancer Institute’s “Do it for yourself, do it for your family”

National Diabetes Education Program

Medline Plus’s Asian American Health