Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Asian Pacific American Officer Committee

Chair's Corner

Welcome for visiting the APAOC website! As the 2020 APAOC chair, I would like to share our brief history, and our operational year goals for this year.

APAOC was chartered in 1990, and we were tasked to support the Office of Surgeon General (OSG) on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues. APAOC represents a diverse group of officers who are of AAPI descent, and our members speak more than 10 different languages and are mostly first or second generation Americans, which makes our group very unique. We focus on providing leadership opportunities to AAPI officers to have an additional venue to support the OSG’s initiatives and missions.

Even though we primarily focus on AAPI officers and issues that mostly concern AAPI communities, we strive to support OSG and provide additional value to all Commissioned Officers.  APAOC represents a specific population, and our niche is to support AAPI communities where English might not be their first language.  However, I want to stress that we, as officers, our primary purpose is to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our nation.  All officers are invited to our events, leverage our resources, and participate in our activities.  We want to make sure that everything we do can be used, shared, and exemplified by all Commissioned Corps officers.

LCDR Kelly Leong


LCDR Kelly Leong is the 2020 APAOC Chair.  She is in the Health Services category as a health administrator and is currently stationed at the ICE Health Service Corps as the Deputy Registered Health Information Administrator.  She previously stationed at the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in various capacities.  She is most proud of her role as an IT Specialist, supporting states to set up their own health insurance marketplaces under ObamaCare which benefited over a million people to gain access to health insurance.  

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