When we look at the health of our Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community in Utah-- heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and most importantly infant mortality are among the top health disparities.

The Pacific Health 5K is a way to remind our NHPI community members to stay active and to have fun doing it as a family or with friends. We help raise awareness on important health issues, promote healthy lifestyles, and build healthy communities one step at a time.


We are pleased to announce that we will be holding the Pacific Health 5K. The past two years have been quite challenging, which is why this year's event will be a walk in remembrance to honor loved ones we have lost during the pandemic.

Last October, one of our founding board members of the Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition, Margarita Satini, passed away due to COVID-19 complications. Rita was a fierce advocate and worked tirelessly to organize COVID-19 testing clinics for the Pacific Islander community before her death. Her leadership and work continues to have an impact today. On October 9th, please join us as we walk and reflect on the many loved ones that have had an impact in our own lives. In lieu of our annual fundraiser where registration proceeds are donated to families in the community, we are hosting this event free of charge to our community members.

Saturday, October 9, 2021


Liberty Park 700 E 1300 S Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Cost: FREE, with option to purchase an event t-shirt

  • Masks are required

  • COVID-19 Vaccination clinic will be onsite

  • If you are interested in submitting a tribute for your loved one, please complete our online tribute form at: https://bit.ly/ph5Ktribute and make sure to register.

  • Download and share the event flyer here.


Participants will go around the park two times. Start and finish is at the pavilion in the northeast corner of the park. Parking is available all along the park leading up to the pavilion. You can also park on the northwest corner of the park entering from the 900 South entrance and then park and walk over to the pavilion on the east side.


We can always use more helping hands! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, we need you. Please contact our Pacific Health 5K organizer, Laneta Fitisemanu at Laneta@upihc.org


Each year, all proceeds from the event are donated to two deserving families from the Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander community that are currently experiencing extenuating health issues and need assistance with medical care and/or living expenses that were nominated by the community.

Meet our 2019 recipients, Agnes Lomu and Chris Lock. Thank you to all our participants for their contributions and commitment to health!