Meet the Team: Sakura Miyazaki, MPA(c), Program Manager of Training and Technical Assistance
Welcome to our blog series, “Meet the AAPCHO Team,” where you’ll have a chance to get to know our staff! Meet Sakura Miyazaki, MPA(c), Program Manager of Training and Technical Assistance, as they answer questions.
What’s your role at AAPCHO?
At AAPCHO, I am the Program Manager for Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA). I manage programs focused on diabetes prevention and improving population health for underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs).
What are Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander health topics that you think people should know about?
Climate justice is a topic deeply related to AANHPI communities. As climate change impacts land (e.g., rising sea levels, changes in rain patterns) and displaces communities, migration patterns and health outcomes rapidly shift and create new challenges.
Gender and sexuality also presents a complex challenge for AANHPI. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute reports that 82% of AANHPI LGBT person experienced discrimination due to their sexual orientation, 82% due to their race/ethnicity, and 52% due to their gender expression.
Audre Lorde sums it up perfectly in her 1982 speech: “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” It is really crucial for us to come together and assess these issues in tandem, because the issue is becoming more complex, not in spite of it.
How would you describe what community health centers do and why they should support them to someone who may not be familiar with them?
Community health centers (CHCs) offer comprehensive care to patients regardless of their financial availability or insurance status. CHCs not only offer preventive services like vaccines, but also enabling services like health education and transportation. CHCs understand that a person’s health is related to the health of the community (and vice versa). CHCs frequently collaborate with community organizations and other healthcare providers to ensure culturally appropriate care.
What are you most looking forward to in this new year at AAPCHO?
I am looking forward to collaborating and learning from health centers and community members to create invaluable resources and partnerships! I am also excited to work with the team and partners on ways to empower the most marginalized within our community through identifying under/unaddressed challenges.
What is your favorite or go-to childhood comfort food?
Chicken nanban or sara udon!