Kwon Discusses Intersection of Research and Advocacy in the Asian American Community

3-thumb-250x250-150584Melissa Kwon was invited to speak to an audience including Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health Jeanne Ayers, Minnesota policy makers, non-profits, and community leaders at the annual Asian Pacific Islander Advocacy Day at the Minnesota State Capitol. Kwon is the recently elected Chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander Health Coalition (AAPIHC), a coalition of over 12 organizations and professionals committed to improving the health of AAPIs in Minnesota. She spoke about conducting research on and educating the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community about AAPI health and wellness, and specifically addressed the importance of disaggregating data among Asian American ethnicities. Kwon’s research with CAREI on API young women and health ties closely with her presentation, and Kwon’s undergraduate class participated in the advocacy day training and event.