WASHINGTON – The White House released the National Strategy to Advance Equity, Justice, and Opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) Communities, which includes action plans from 32 federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

APIAHF president & CEO Juliet K. Choi released the following statement:

“The National Strategy Report builds upon the work the Biden-Harris administration has already achieved to promote health equity and social justice for AAs and NHPIs, including Executive Order 14031 in May 2021 and the reestablishment of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. 

“We are heartened to see many of APIAHF’s priorities included within this Report. In particular, APIAHF applauds the HHS priority program goals for our communities, including disaggregated data, increasing language access, raising awareness of hate crimes and hate incidents, and strengthening AA and NHPI health disparities research.

“The Report serves as a blueprint for truly investing in our communities and is a positive step toward improving the health and welfare of all AAs and NHPIs in our nation. We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and its agencies to turn these goals into action and implement sustained policies for the future of our communities.”

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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.