As a result of the initial community needs assessment, the planning retreats and ongoing coalition meetings, APICAT adopted the APPEAL Community Stages of Readiness four-pronged approach in addressing tobacco control issues in the Asian American Pacific Islander community: infrastructure building, programs, policy change, and research and data dissemination.
Many coalition members participated in the APPEAL Program, whose leadership summits in 1997 and 1999 were instrumental in beginning to build community capacity to address tobacco control issues in the Asian American Pacific Islander community in Washington State.
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