It’s Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month!
Cohen Veterans Network is committed to developing and maintaining a diverse organization that reflects, is responsive to, and embraces the diversity of the communities we serve!
During Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage month, we are taking time to celebrate the vibrant AANHPI community served by our Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Child & Family Service in Mililani, Hawai’i.
The clinic team considers itself as “more fortunate” than their mainland counterparts to have such “strong and diverse cultural influences.” In fact, according to data from the US Census Bureau, approximately 52% of the population in the Honolulu Metro area identifies as Asian and 12% as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander – compared to just 5.9% and 0.2% in the overall American population, respectively.
Most of the clinic staff have AANHPI heritage themselves and take pride in honoring the local culture at the clinic! When the Cohen Clinic opened late last year, a kahu (minister, spiritual guardian) performed a traditional Hawaiian blessing, which included the team sharing their mana (energy) and aloha as part of the ceremony.
By Nicole Meek
CVN Manager, Network Communications & Marketing