The C4H staff

Emerson Shiang

Evaluation and Strategy Development Specialist

Emerson is the Evaluation and Strategy Development specialist for APIAHF’s Capacity for Health project and COVID-19 projects. In his role, Emerson coordinates monitoring and evaluation activities, and collects and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data on key impact metrics and indicators. His goal to bridge theory and practice for health and racial equity drives his work to be supportive and nuanced when amplifying the voices of AANHPI and queer communities.

Before APIAHF, Emerson was on an arduous road to finding his place in public health. From working in medical tech to the serving in San Francisco restaurants to getting his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in Rishikesh, India and teaching yoga in the Bay Area, Emerson eventually found his way to San Francisco State University where he received his Master of Public Health with a focus on community health education. His capstone/thesis was titled “The pain and opportunity of being negated: Interrogating the effect of racialized sexual hierarchy on gay Asian American agency, identity, sex, and health”; he hopes to get his PhD pursuing a similar topic. Emerson’s favorite candy are Haribo gummy bears, his comfort food are soupy noodles, and loves to rewatch The Office even when there are more relevant shows on.

I think we’re often overwhelmed with how we as an individual have to fix the world; how to fix health disparities, how to fix systemic racism, how to heal ourselves and our community. We forget that we don’t have to do this alone. I like to think that we are part of an ecology of change. If we can do what we do best, and rely on others on what they do best, we can keep taking those life-changing steps toward equity.” – Emerson

Our Mission

Community-based organizations are the change makers of HIV prevention, care, and treatment. How far can we scale our impact? Let's find out together.

Our Staff

C4H has trained 1300+ and co-designed with 120+ community-based organizations and health departments to make waves of change in their communities.

Health Equity

Equity, Sustainability, Cultural Competency, and Social Determinants

Health Equity aims to enable better opportunities for organizations and public health professionals to respond to racial, health, and structural disparities at the local level.

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National Learning Community

Training the next generation of the HIV prevention workforce

The National Learning Community for HIV CBO Leadership is a distance-based learning program that will strengthen the next generation of leaders at community-based organizations. Learn more here


Creative Problem-Solving Intensive

In this six-week program, you will be matched with a cohort of CDC-funded CBO managers from across the country to learn and practice methods to accelerate organizational change.


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Meet the Faculty

C4H has trained 1300+ and co-designed with 120+ community-based organizations and health departments to build creative solutions and make waves of change in their communities.

EHE Video & Podcast Series

As the U.S. continues to respond to COVID-19, increased investments in the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative are vital to regain momentum, advance innovation, and achieve health equity.


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Outside Resources

Capacity for Health is a capacity building assistance (CBA) provider and have many resources available.