Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza

Coalition for Health Access to Reach Greater Equity
Health Policy Director
namendoza@cacf.org

Key Topics: Immigrant health access, Asian-American community, Asian American health, Coalitions, Community-based participatory research, Food and active living policy.

Bio: Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza is the Health Policy Director of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. She has a unique background and experience as a program manager, researcher, trainer, and health policy advocate. In her capacity, she leads health advocacy initiatives to improve language access, cultural competence, data equity, and health care affordability. Among her major responsibilities is serving as the Director of Project CHARGE (Coalition for Health Access to Reach Greater Equity), a pan-Asian network of 16 partners aiming to expand access to health care for Asian Pacific Americans in NYC. She also spearheads “Invisible No More”, a campaign pushing for data collection and reporting standards on demographic data of Asian Pacific Americans by city and state agencies.

Prior to joining CACF, Noilyn was the Deputy Director of Outreach and Program Development at the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health. She is a member of the U.S. Health and Human Services, Region II Health Equity Council (RHEC), working to advance health equity initiatives in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands and the NYC Metro Regional Advisory Committee for the New York State Health Benefit Exchange.

Noilyn was a recipient of Comptroller John Liu’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Award, (2013), Marshall England Public Health Award (2012), New American Leaders Fellowship Program (2005), and the United Way of NYC Nonprofit Leadership Development Institute’s Senior Fellow Program (2006). In 2010, Noilyn co-edited the book, “Praeger Handbook of Asian American Health: Taking Notice and Taking Action”, a 2-volume compendium on the most prevalent health issues facing Asian Americans. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis & Design from the University of California, Irvine, and an Master in Public Health, Sociomedical Sciences from the Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Sept. 2013: New America Media and Health Care for All New York’s panel on the Affordable Care Act and children & families.
  • Nov. 2013: Talking Transitions panel on health care in NYC.
  • Nov. 2013: Talking Transitions panel on Asian Americans in NYC.