Pacific American-News Journal
Iulai-July 1996 Volume 2 Issue 7
Models That Work
by David Cooper, PAF
Health conferences held within the past year in San Francisco
and Honolulu confirm that more needs to be done in health
research for Pacific Americans.
Because of the work by many people, a major step was achieved
for all Pacific Americans just by the holding of the conferences.
Now, we must once again move forward in providing for a much
improved health care system for all Pacific Americans living in
the islands and on the mainland.
A community empowered model of health care, designed in
cooperation with health care providers and practitioners, federal
and state health agencies and private foundations is just the
The Bureau of Primary Health Care recognized, in its first
annual "Models That Work" Symposium held in Washington,
DC in January 1996, the 110 health care delivery models that
benefited the underserved populations in our country.
Pacific Americans were invisible at this Symposium.
It's time to get to work once again.
We believe we have made an inroad to high tech research.
It is time for high touch health care that is appropriate to
the cultural values, beliefs, and traditions of Pacific
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