WASHINGTON – Tonight, President Biden called for unity in his first State of the Union address to the nation.

Juliet K. Choi, president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum issued the following statement:

“President Biden’s State of the Union highlighted historic firsts that his Administration has achieved, including the enactment of the bipartisan law to address anti-Asian hate.

“We applaud and echo the President’s calls on Congress to reform our country, making it affordable, safe and healthy for all Americans. This includes permanently reducing the cost of health insurance premiums, prescription drug prices and investing in mental health. 

“The Biden-Harris administration has continuously put racial equity at the forefront of its policies, and we are encouraged to see the investments to ensure every community has access to the resources and tools to address our collective challenges, from COVID-19 to hate incidents to the cancer moonshot. 

“We are inspired by President Biden’s vision for a better, healthier America, and look forward to continuing progress toward equity and justice.”

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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.