Background

The North Orange County Allied and Other Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP) aims to increase the pipeline of disadvantaged Latinos, Pacific Islanders (including Native Hawaiian, Samoan, and Chamorro) and Southeast Asians (particularly Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong, and Lao) into the professions of communicative disorders, counseling, occupational therapy, public health (including environmental health specialists, epidemiologist, health educators, and gerontologist), physical therapy, and social work. This multifaceted effort is specifically designed to increase retention and graduation of these diverse underserved students across and graduate allied and other health profession programs.

 

 

 

OCAPICA Stands in Solidarity with the Black Community

Mary Anne (Executive Director) and Sora (Chair, Board of Directors)

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.