Rod Lew, M.P.H. 1988

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Since graduating with a degree from the school’s Department of Community Health Sciences, Lew has spent more than 20 years working to eliminate health disparities, with a focus on Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The term “Asian American” includes 68 nationalities; despite being the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, Asian Americans are among the most overlooked and underserved. Lew has devoted his career to changing that. He is founder and executive director of the Asian and Pacific Islander Partnership for Education, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), an organization addressing health justice issues for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Prior to APPEAL, Lew was the health education director at Asian Health Services. He was a contributing author on the 1998 Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco Use and was the 2002 recipient of the Christopher Jenkins Cancer Control Award.