March 14, 2017

WASHINGTON—The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) congratulates Seema Verma on her confirmation as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Ms. Verma is a national health policy consultant with over 20 years’ experience working on public health matters.

“As an organization that advances and protects the health and well-being of the 20 million and growing Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, APIAHF looks forward to working with Administrator Verma to ensure our healthcare system is able to meet the needs of all communities and respond to changing needs,” said Kathy Ko Chin, APIAHF President & CEO. “APIAHF has worked closely with CMS and its predecessors over our 30-year history and we look forward to continuing this work with Administrator Verma.”

Founded in 1986 with headquarters in Oakland and an office in Washington DC, APIAHF is the oldest and largest health advocacy organization working with AA and NHPI communities across the nation, in the US Territories, and with the US‐affiliated Pacific jurisdictions. By providing policy and political analysis, research and data support, and effective communications strategies, APIAHF supports local AA and NHPI communities to have an influence on local, state, and national policy. By providing grants, training, technical assistance, and consulting, APIAHF is a source of key resources so that communities can mobilize and grow stronger in their coalitions and organizational structures. By providing thought leadership to the fields of policy, health, immigrant inclusion, and philanthropy, APIAHF creates the conditions for AAs and NHPIs to be a clear and articulate voice for respect, fairness, equity, and health justice for all.