OCAPICA Stands in Solidarity with Black Community
Words alone cannot express our anger, frustration and sadness at the continuing injustices affecting Black communities across this country. George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor. . . and countless other Black Americans should not have to die for us to work harder at dismantling our nation’s systems of racism. The coronavirus pandemic alone is killing twice as many Black Americans as Whites because of our history of racist policies that have resulted in inequitable access to housing, wealth, healthful environments, insurance and health care. The Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) was founded in 1997 with the mission to build healthier and stronger communities through inclusive partnerships in service, education, advocacy, organizing, and research. We stand in support of and solidarity with our Black communities to call for change that ends police brutality, racial injustice, and health inequities. We call on all policy makers to commit to maximum engagement with Black leaders to address Black disparities in health, education, community and economic development, and the legal system. We also echo others’ calls for our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities to join together with the Black community to work for systemic change.
Here at the High School Allied Health Academy, it is our goal to provide a unique opportunity for high school students to explore and learn about health careers through research, community engagement, and leadership activities. We provide academic advisement, college prep support, potential networking with allied health professionals and much more. Students will also learn how to create a community-based participatory research project that is centered around health. Through this pipeline program, our goal is to support students every step of the way through their academic journey. Although OCAPICA’s Allied Health Academy focuses on some of the Anaheim District high schools, this program also takes place in certain colleges from community to graduate school.
We aim for students to bring what they learn from this program into their own communities. Moving forward, we hope that they will become active leaders in creating a healthier community through education, engagement, and empowerment.
Our website offers program highlights from past years to now, personal reflections from our students, college and career resources, and so much more! We encourage you to take a tour of your own.
– OCAPICA Youth Education Team