Health care disparity within the Southeast Asian Pacific Islander communities in Washington State is an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed. Barriers leading to this disparity includes lack of access and knowledge of existing resources, lack of awareness and understanding of health issues, and medical care without a cultural context.
In an effort to address this issue, the Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander (SEA&PI) Health Education Summit Committee was formed. The committee consists of a Lao-American physician who works with SEAPI communities and representatives from the Mien, Khmu, Lao, Thai, Pacific Islander, and Cambodian communities.
The event is a one day community collaborative health summit on Saturday, August 25th, 2018 from 9:30am-5pm at Highline Community College. The purpose of the event is to educate, engage, and empower the SEAPI community towards better health.