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Testimony and Comments
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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) appreciates the opportunity to submit additional comments on potential changes to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity. APIAHF is the nation’s leading health policy group working to advance the health and well-being of over 20 million Asians and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders across the U.S. and its territories. Because we work with many different Asian and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities and populations in the U.S., we are acutely aware of the importance of these federal standards. Disaggregated data for Asian and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations beyond the 1997 OMB minimum race and ethnicity classifications are vital for federal departments and agencies to understand the needs of diverse communities and to effectively meet their obligations to serve the American people. We and our community partners rely on the race and ethnicity data collected by federal departments and agencies in all the work that we do.