Op-ed: President Biden: Accelerate Our COVID Recovery by Democratizing Our Data

Democratize our data.

The challenge of accurately diagnosing which areas require the most relief and vaccine focus is twofold: First, we must address the underreporting of certain racial groups when collecting data. Second, we must standardize our data collection effort across government agencies, including how we categorize demographic data. Incompleteness and lagging uniformity exacerbate a vicious cycle that directs resources inaccurately, driving up resource needs in certain communities, and foments distrust. We have an opportunity now to stop the cycle.

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 Readout of the White House’s Listening Session with Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders on Rising Hate Crimes and Incidents Against Asian American Communities

Ambassador Rice and Congressman Richmond expressed gratitude for the participants’ courageous leadership in addressing acts of violence and bias against Asian American communities. They reiterated President Biden’s commitment to ending anti-Asian violence and bias, and confronting the role that some federal leaders played during the COVID-19 pandemic in promoting unfounded fear and bias against Asian American communities.

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 Biden targets diverse groups with vaccine hesitancy for COVID-19 funds

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum is set to use its $1.8 million dollar award to address the “digital divide” in Asian American communities and offer additional simplified vaccination instructions in less broadly spoken but critical languages like Samoan, Marshallese and Chuukese, said CEO Juliet K. Choi.

Choi also said online messaging about vaccines would be prominent on popular communication platforms like WeChat, WhatsApp, and KaKao.

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 EDITORIAL: We need a Cabinet seat for racial equity

The everyday lives of Black, Latino, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, American Indian and Alaska Native communities are shaped by generations of systemic racism. The U.S. government played a significant role in setting these conditions. It only stands to reason that the same government has a responsibility to dismantle these systems, which have prevented our nation from being the truly free, truly equal land it hopes to be. A White House office dedicated to racial equity would be able to coordinate the full range of federal agency efforts to advance racial equity, centered on the administration’s promise to confront systemic racism and heal the “soul of our nation.”

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 National racial equity coalition calls on Biden administration to create a White House Office on Racial Equity and Inclusion

“In 2020, the world experienced a historical chapter of reckoning with how systemic racism permeates throughout civil society. We call on the Biden-Harris administration to lead the country with a whole of government approach with the charge of dismantling institutionalized racism, tackling the deep rooted inequities that exist for communities of color, while also uplifting and celebrating the resilience and brilliance of the diversity our communities represent,” said Juliet K. Choi, CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum.

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