Advocacy

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SSG’s advocacy programs are designed to empower individuals and families to engage and resolve critical challenges affecting their communities. These programs’ advocacy efforts promote positive and just environments for vulnerable populations and enable individuals to live life at its fullest.

Below is a list of SSG’s advocacy programs. Click on the program name for more information.

ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER FORWARD MOVEMENT (APIFM)
Formerly known as API Obesity Prevention Alliance – API Forward Movement’s mission is to cultivate healthy, long-lasting, and vibrant Asian and Pacific Islander communities through grassroots organizing.

Our Vision: We want a world where Asian and Pacific Islander communities – and all communities of color – have full power to access good health and a healthy environment.

Our History: API Forward Movement (APIFM) was founded as the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance, or APIOPA, in 2007. The founders were a group of community advocates who saw that Asians and Pacific Islanders were being left out of public health efforts to address the obesity epidemic, which is why our organization’s name centered obesity prevention at the time.

Our Work: Since then, the organization’s focus has broadened to ensure APIs are served and represented in efforts to address a range of community health and environmental justice issues. This work has included collaboration with local Asian American farmers and other small farmers of color, building a local food hub to distribute produce from these farmers to small corner stores in LA’s low-income neighborhoods and to the general public via Community Supported Agriculture, as well as environmental justice leadership development with high school youth in San Gabriel Valley. Over the years, we’ve also offered dynamic active living programs, like monthly hiking groups and community bike rides that integrate physical activity with education about the cultural history of LA’s Asian enclaves. More recently, we have also been working on transportation and parks, to ensure that discussions on these key issues include API faces, voices, cultures, and languages. With the support of LA County Department of Public Health’s Champions for Change grant, we’ve also rolled out culturally responsive nutrition education and neighborhood-based advocacy for healthy food access for immigrant communities in Little Tokyo, Koreatown, Historic Filipinotown, and Chinatown.

SSG Program Since: 2010 (In existence since 2007)
905 E 8th St. Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tel: (213) 553-8491 | Fax: (213) 553-1822
Website: www.apifm.org
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BENEFITS ASSISTANCE CLIENTS URBAN PROJECT (BACUP)
The Benefits Assistance Clients Urban Project is a mental health wellness center and benefit advocacy program. The wellness center also known as the LIFE Center provides activities to promote self-sufficiency and wellness for adults with mental illness. BACUP also works to educate the community the realities and stigmas of mental illness.

Services Offered

SSG Program Since: 1986

515 Columbia Ave. Suite 310 Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tel: (213) 368-1888 | Fax: (213) 368-6888
Website: www.bacup.net
Email: info@bacup.net

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PALS FOR HEALTH/ALAS PARA TU SALUD (PALS)
PALS for Health seeks to improve the health care system’s understanding and support of Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients and families and to increase its capacity to provide quality interpretation and translation assistance. Serving Los Angeles and surrounding counties (Orange, Riverside San Barnardino), PALS for Health also works to inform LEP patients and families of their right to these services and how to access them. Staff and language consultants’ language capacity includes Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, Russian, Spanish and threshold Asian languages (including Tagalog.)

Services Offered

  • Interpretation services
  • Translation services
  • Evaluation and training of health care interpreters and translators
  • Continuing education seminars and case conferences for health care interpreters and translators
  • Trainings for consumer and provider groups
  • Advocacy on language access, safety net programs, and early intervention and prevention services
  • Bilingual proficiency testing
  • Health care, breast health and HIV interpreter training services
  • Simultaneous Interpretation Training
  • Translation training
  • Promotores and community health workers training (including training mental health services promoters)
  • Cultural competency and health literacy trainings to providers and community education for consumers

SSG Program Since: 1991

515 Columbia Ave., Suite 320 Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tel: (213) 553-1818
Fax: (213) 553-1876
Email: info@palsforhealth.org
Website: www.palsforhealth.org

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TONGAN COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER (TCSC)
The Tongan Community Service Center provides social services to vulnerable families, seniors and disabled Tongans in Los Angeles County. They support the community to engage in pressing issues, including poverty, education, immigration and health.

Services Offered

  • Case management
  • Immigration services
  • Health programs
  • Academic support
  • Youth leadership programs
  • Food distribution
  • Employment services
  • Translation and interpretation services

SSG Program Since: 1991

13030 Inglewood Ave. Suite104, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Tel: (310) 679-9099 or (310) 679-9899 | Fax: (310) 679-9022
Website: www.tonganla.org
Email: office@tonganla.org

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