APANO’s Theory of Change defines the impact we aim to make, and the individual, institutional and cultural steps or “shifts” we believe are necessary.  It is our pathway, uniting our complex web of organizing and advocacy activities in a coherent way that best leverages our strengths and resources to make significant, concrete change.  This is a living, working document that is reguarly revisited by our board, staff and members.

– We win concrete change for our communities.
– All communities have the rights, resources and recognition to thrive.
– API are fully engaged in the decisions that affect them, led by progressive, accountable API
– Life outcomes are not tied to identity or social determinants of health.
– Grow and sustain a diverse, thriving neighborhood without displacement.

– Base-Building Organizing & Cultural Work
– Leadership & Political Development
– Policy Advocacy and Civic Engagement Campaigns
– Community & Economic Development
Individual Shifts:
– Cultivate a strong analysis of power and oppression.
– Foster the ability to articulate core APANO values of racial justice, strong families and the social determinants of health.
– Take increasing levels of leadership in APANO campaigns, inspiring new people to contribute their time and treasure.

Institutional Shifts:
– Full inclusion and equitable representation of API in all aspects of decision-making.
– Accountability to API communities and adopt policies to address disproportionate impacts to API.
– Equitable distribution of resources with a focus on culturally specific strategies
APANO recognized as a hub for API engagement.

Cultural Shifts:
– API are a core part of movements for justice, in solidarity with oppressed peoples.
– Public values affirming the inherent worth and dignity of all people.
– Addressing issues with an intersectional analysis.
– Challenging the model minority myth.