Filipino Family Health Initiative

 Best practices for raising kids in the U.S. and Bridging the generation gap

About Us

Dr. Joyce Javier

 Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS  is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  She is a primary care pediatrician and physician scientist whose research over the past 16 years has focused on optimizing the well-being of Filipino American youth.  Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Health’s Eunice Kennedy National Institute for Child Health and Development and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

Link to Publications

Team Kapwa

Team Kapwa  is a multidisciplinary team of health professionals and community partners  whose vision is to create a culture of mental health and healthy parenting in the Filipino community.

We are honored to be chosen for the first cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship, a national leadership program aimed at creating a culture of health for all Americans.

Team Kapwa includes:

Joyce Javier MD, MPH, MS (Team Captain), Dean Coffey PsyD, Jed David MS, OT, Horacio Lopez MD, Aviril Sepulveda MS, OT, and multiple community partners/members.


Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers/SSG

Filipino Cultural School

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School

Kayamanan Ng Lahi

Precious Blood Catholic School


Search to Involve Pilipino Americans

Our Project


The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a parent education program entitled, "The Incredible Years" on the Filipino community. The goal of this program to strengthen parent-child relationships and promote the social and academic success of our children. 


  • Filipino
  • A parent of a child age 8-12 years old
  • Living in Southern California


Please call (323)691-0529 or email at to learn more about this study and determine your eligibility. 

Benefits to you

You may learn positive parenting skills that can ultimately improve your child's behavior and success in school, prevent behavioral problems in children, and improve family communication and problem-solving. 

Benefits to society

The proposed research will provide important information on how parenting programs can prevent emotional and behavioral issues among Filipino youth. 

Help spread the word

Download our flyer to share with friends and family!

Parent Testimonials: The Incredible Years

Want to participate in our project?

News and Events

Upcoming: American Public Health Association

Team Kapwa members Aviril Sepulveda and Jed David will present at the American Public Health Association's 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego, California. The presentation is entitled, "A Silent Minority Speaks: A conference to address stigma and increase awareness of Filipino mental health disparities". 

Crescenta Valley Weekly

Local Pediatrician Honored as a Hero 

by Mary O'Keefe



SC CTSI Alum Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS, is Honored as one of World's Most Influential Filipinas by Global Advocacy Organization By Paul Karon


Incredible Years Reunion

Location: Griffith Park

Thank you to all of our previous parents and community partners for coming! 

We hope everyone had a blast. 

Filipino Family Wellness: Community Conversations

In July 2017, we facilitated an community event at Children's Hospital Los Angeles to talk about mental health in the Filipino Community. Thank you to all who participated!

Kababayan LA

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