As president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), prostate Kathy Ko Chin spearheads the organization’s efforts to influence policy, patient mobilize communities and strengthen organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, shop Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. With strong values handed down from her parents, immigrants from China, Kathy’s life’s work has built community institutions that contribute to a just and multiracial society. At an early age, Kathy’s parents shared with her the truths about injustice in our society, instilling in her the impetus to give back to the country that has given her so much. Kathy heeded their words, and for over 35 years, has worked to improve health services especially for the poor and underserved.
Kathy, recognized as an authority on national health policy, is also a renowned voice for the Asian American community and serves on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Kathy is a frequent contributor in the media on AA and NHPI perspectives and health issues, including in Huffington Post, mainstream publications and ethnic media.
Despite her many work commitments, Kathy is passionate about volunteering, and she has donated her time to many nonprofits, including the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Asian Women’s Shelter, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Public Health Institute and California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. For her dedication to community service, Kathy has received numerous prestigious accolades, including induction into the Stanford Alumni Multi-Cultural Hall of Fame.