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Social, Political, and Structural Impacts on Diabetes and Comorbidities Management for AA and NH/PI Populations Learning Series

Module 1: Whole Food Model for Holistic Community Wellness

Year Developed: 2024

Resource Type: Micro-Learning.

Primary Audience: Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff PCAs
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.)

Language(s): English

Developed by: Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
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Resource Summary: The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health organizations (AAPCHO) chronic disease management programs, expertise, and national network in the AA and NH/PI community health center space, will feature research, community intervention strategies, and historical context for diabetes and other co-morbidities among AAs and NH/PIs. This self-paced learning series will feature modules that outline various social, political, and structural drivers of health for diabetes and comorbidities management. Modules will include case studies which promote resources, strategies, and interventions to support health center performance improvement and transformation efforts. This is module 1 and was recorded on March 15, 2024.

Resource Details: This module features Janssen Hang, Executive Director of the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Janssen highlights the journey of Hmong refugees who revitalized the farmers market system in Minnesota. He highlights HAFA’s innovative Whole Food model that gave way to successful programs like Veggie Rx, which significantly improved health outcomes by addressing food insecurity, fostering connection to community, and reducing chronic disease incidence overall.

Resource Topic: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Impact/Outcomes, Satisfaction, Partnerships, Health Equity, Population Health, Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships.

Keywords: Access to Care, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AA&NHPIs), Chronic Diseases and Care, Community Engagement, Comorbidities, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), Health Systems, Nutrition, Obesity, Partnerships, Prevention, Rural Health Services.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit