South Asian, Chinese New Yorkers among the hardest hit by Covid, study shows

By Vignesh Ramachandran | The research shows the importance of disaggregating data for Asian American patients — and the need to do more, advocates say.

“Disaggregated data is absolutely critical,” said Juliet Choi, CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a health advocacy organization. “For the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander community, we represent over 50 different countries and we speak more than 100 different languages. So to really understand both the wellness — or the lack of wellness — experienced by our communities, we need that disaggregated data.”

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 Irradiated, Cheated and Now Infected: America’s Marshall Islanders Confront a Covid-19 Disaster

By Dan Diamond | The United States used their homeland for nuclear test-bombing, then denied them Medicaid. Now, their way of life in the U.S. heartland has left them prime prey for the pandemic.

But after two decades of fighting—and losing—the effort to restore Medicaid access, those advocates like Juliet Choi, the CEO of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Health Forum, are expressing a new emotion: cautious optimism. “2020 was a watershed moment. Given the political divide in Washington, the COFA bill in the House was a shining example of bipartisanship to do the right thing. I’m just begging for our political leaders to have the political will to allocate resources—even translated materials—as our country is bracing for the next bad wave of Covid this winter. But the fact that we have political leaders willing to advocate to restore Medicaid, that’s a really good thing.”

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 HHS rule targets more than transgender protections

By Dan Diamond and Adam Cancryn | It guts provisions to ensure patients’ language access, such as requiring health organizations to post certain messages in multiple languages. Advocates like the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum warned that one-third of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have limited English proficiency.

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 Trump finalizes rollback of LGBTQ patient protections

By Dan Diamond | The Trump administration on Friday formally rolled back an Obama-era policy that protected LGBTQ patients from discrimination and required robust language translation services, unnerving health experts who worry vulnerable populations will face further risks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 How the CDC compromised its coronavirus testing totals

By Adam Cancryn and Dan Diamond | Advocates are bracing for a final rule that largely hews to last year’s controversial proposal, based on recent meetings with the administration. “They had no questions for us during our meeting,” said Juliet Choi of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, whose group joined two other organizations for a May 14 teleconference with the White House and warned about plans to roll back language protections for people with limited English proficiency.

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 Helpers in the Time of Coronavirus

By Asian Americana | We explore the stories of Asian Americans working to defend our communities from attacks, the volunteers organizing direct aid to vulnerable populations, the people translating information into terms and languages so more can understand, and the local businesses helping each other and their communities survive during Covid-19.

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 Coronavirus testing numbers are ticking up

By Dan Diamond and Adam Cancryn | ADVOCATES CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR DEMOGRAPHIC DATA — More than 250 groups, led by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and Trust for America’s Health, are asking congressional leaders and HHS Secretary Alex Azar to invest in tracking disparities in order to combat the pandemic but also to guard against future risks.

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