UPIHC was founded in 2011 by representatives of six founding organizations: National Tongan American Society, The Queen Center, Hui Hawai’i o Utah Hawaiian Civic Club, Utah Department of Health, Association for Utah Community Health, and Granite School District.
The mission of the Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition is to reduce health disparities and increase access to affordable and culturally responsive wellness services for Utah Pacific Islanders.
Healthier Pacific Islander communities through effective outreach, innovative intervention, and sustainable partnerships with health organizations, providers, advocates, and policymakers.
Meet Our Board Members
Utah Department of Health
Granite Technical Institute
Karen Mulitalo, MPAS, PA-C
University of Utah
Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition
Dr. Kalani Raphael
Oregon Health & Sciences University
Granite School District
National Tongan American Society
Pacific Islander Knowledge to Action Resources
Joyce & Sale Ah You
The Queen Center
Dr. Nia Aitaoto
University of Utah Health
Voices for Utah Children
Community Health Worker & Project Embrace Program Manager
In Loving Memory of Margarita Satini
In October 2020 we lost one of our founding members of the coalition, Margarita Satini. Rita was a fierce unapologetic woman of color who worked tirelessly to advocate for our Pacific Islander community. Leading up to her passing she helped organize critical covid-testing clinics along with connecting community members with critical resources that were much needed as a result of financial difficulties from the pandemic.
We will continue to honor Rita's legacy as we continue to advocate and help our fellow Pacific Islanders in Utah. Rest in love Rita, until we meet again!