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Asian American Pacific Islander Health Scientific Interest Group

Thank you to the many who attended our Inaugural Seminar on September 23, “Health Disparities Research: Addressing Multilevel Social Determinants of Health in Asian American and Pacific Islander Populations” by Grace X. Ma, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Health Disparities, Temple University. If you missed it, you can watch the recorded archive.

Background
In 1999, White House established a first Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to improve their quality of life and opportunities to participate in federal programs (https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-1999-06-10/pdf/99-14901.pdf). In 2021, the NIH Asian American Pacific Islander Health Scientific Interest Group (AAPI-HSIG) was formed. It is open to all in the intramural and extramural NIH community, as well as HHS staff, with an interest in research relating to the health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (including Native Hawaii) populations. The group provides a forum to foster scientific communications, share and disseminate information, facilitate collaborations, provide education, assess research needs, and make recommendations to NIH leadership aiming to stimulate research and to improve the health and well-being of AAPI populations. Regular activities include a monthly meeting with research and education seminars, virtual or in-person on NIH campus. Other activities can be both inside and outside the NIH, such as potential conferences and lectures in collaborations with NIH ICOs or other NIH SIG groups and other Federal and Non-Federal entities.

Mission and Goals
To advance NIH mission and improve AAPI health by stimulating research, fostering collaboration, mentoring junior scientist, and providing scientific input to NIH leadership.

Vision
To serve as an NIH resource of high-quality AAPI-Health information for research and education, and as a scientific information exchange and collaboration platform for assemblies of scientists and staff at NIH, HHS, extramural academia, or other Federal and Non-Federal entities.

Leadership Team and Responsibilities 

  1. Chair: Dan Xi, Ph.D., Program Director, NCI
    • To lead and moderate the day-to-day SIG activities
    • To serve as point of contact for SIG at NIH
  2. Co-advisers: Keji Zhao, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, NHLBI; and Ramesh Vemuri, Ph.D., Chief, NIA Scientific Review Branch
    • To ensure the compliance of NIH and NIH intramural policy
    • To provide inputs and advice for SIG activities
  3. Senior Advisory Members: Paul Liu, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Scientific Director, NHGRI; and Lei Ming, Ph.D., Division Director, NIGMS
    • To provide inputs and advice for SIG activities
  4. Sub-committee and WG Co-lead; Annual AAPI Heritage Month Research Symposium Sub-committee: Co-chair, Yihong Ye, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, NIDDK; Mentor and Career Advancement Working Group, Ramesh Vemuri, Ph.D., Chief, NIA Scientific Review Branch; and Science Communication Group, Catherine Yu, BS, CRTA Fellow, NCI

Past Events

Contact: Dan Xi, xida@mail.nih.gov, for more information about this newly formed group.

Mailing List

To join the Asian American Pacific Islander Health Scientific Interest Group mailing list, please visit the Asian American Pacific Islander Health Scientific Interest Group Listserv home page, then click the “Subscribe or Unsubscribe” link in the right sidebar.


The page was last updated on Monday, September 27, 2021 - 4:57pm