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. 

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision 

Healthier Pacific Islander communities through effective outreach, innovative intervention, and sustainable partnerships with health organizations, providers, advocates, and policymakers.

Meet Our Coalition 

Executive Team

Ofa Matagi

Executive Director


Jacob Fitisemanu

Past Director

Tima Clawson

Program Manager

Vaccinations, Maternal & Infant Health


Tausoa Mulitalo

Program Manager

Behavioral Health


Lisia Satini

Program Manager

Community Health Team


Advisory Board

Dr. Nia Aitaoto

University of Utah Health

Joyce & Sale Ah You

The Queen Center

Susi Feltch-Malohifo'ou

Pacific Islander Knowledge to Action Resources

Charlene Lui

Granite School District (retired)

Karen Mulitalo, MPAS, PA-C

Utah Valley University

Fahina Pasi

National Tongan American Society

Dr. Kalani Raphael

University of Utah Health

Tufui Taukei'aho

Mālohi Impact

Our Chapters

Tima Clawson

Davis County Chapter Director

Susi Lafaele

Southern Utah Chapter Director

Oreta Tupola

Utah County Chapter Director 

Lisia Satini

Salt Lake County Chapter Director

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!

Our Member Organizations