The White House has announced that it intends to appoint four health center leaders to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
Teresita Batayola, President and Chief Executive Officer of International Community Health Services, Washington state’s largest Asian and Pacific Islander health center. Batayola holds a record of leadership and advocacy in advancing health care equity and has served on NACHC’s Executive Board of Directors. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including: the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Award for Outstanding Business & Philanthropic Contributions; the Woman of Courage Undaunted from the University of Washington Women’s Center; and the Filipino Women’s Network’s Most Influential Filipino Woman in the World.
Kimberly Chang, MD, MPH, a board-certified family physician at Asian Health Services, a federally qualified Community Health Center in Oakland, CA. Dr. Chang has dedicated her career spanning more than 20 years to focus on the health of the underserved AANHPI community, including people vulnerable to and affected by human trafficking and exploitation and developing national clinical and health policy recommendations to address this problem. She serves as Vice Speaker of the House on NACHC’s Executive Board of Directors.
Luisa Blue, Board Member, Asian Health Service, Oakland, CA, and former Executive Vice Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Blue was one of the highest ranking AAPI officials in the labor movement, leading the SEIU’s Asian Pacific Islanders Civic Engagement and Leadership program prior to her retirement. She also served as a member of the SEIU’s Racial Justice Task Force and chaired its Environmental and Climate Justice Committee and the Ethical Culture Committee.
Victoria Huynh, Senior Vice President of the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS), Atlanta, GA, the first and largest Asian and Pacific Islander health and human service agency in the Southeast region. For more than a decade, Huynh has advocated for equitable language access, promoted local civic engagement, protected immigrant rights, championed cultural competency, and developed vital social service programs within the immigrant and refugee communities in Atlanta, Georgia.
To view the full White House Announcement on the Presidential Advisory Commission, please visit this link.
Established in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) serves as the national voice for America’s Health Centers and as an advocate for health care access for the medically underserved and uninsured.