TUCSON, Ariz. – Howard J. Eng, MS, DrPH, RPh, professor in Public Health and Pharmacy Practice and director of the Southwest Border Rural Health Research Center at the Center for Rural Health, was named Pan Asian Man of the Year by the Pan Asian Community Alliance (PACA). PACA is a non-profit organization that promotes and develops education and community services for Asian and Pacific Islanders.
Dr. Eng was honored “For Championing Cultural Diversity and for Philanthropic Services and Achievements in the Tucson Community.” The award recognizes his involvement in founding the Southern Arizona Asian and Pacific Islander Health Coalition.
Formed in August 2010, the coalition seeks to improve the health of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Arizona. The coalition includes partnerships with API community organizations, businesses, several colleges, and health professionals.
“The main goals [of the coalition] are to increase access to health care, but at the same time to improve the health status of API communities,” says Dr. Eng. The coalition seeks to be an interface between the API community members and healthcare centers, while empowering the community to be their own health advocates. “We want to develop the infrastructure within the community to let them address their own health concerns…a platform to let the community take their health concerns to the next level.”
The award was presented to Dr. Eng during the 17th Annual Asian Lunar New Year Celebration February 11 in Tucson. “There were a number of very deserving people who could have been recognized,” Dr. Eng said. “I’m humbled and honored to be recognized with a group of excellent past recipients."