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REACH Letter Senate FY18

Letter, Testimony and Comments

Dear Chairman Cochran and Vice-Chair Leahy: We are writing to expressed our deep concern that funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program has been eliminated in the Senate Fiscal Year 2018 Health and Human Services appropriations bill. For nearly 20 years, REACH grantees have worked to improve public health and…

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Public-Private Partnerships for Data Equity


In 2015, APIAHF received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to implement the Data Equity Project. This project sought to address: (1) the underutilization of national health data and (2) the limited efforts by federal and state agencies to promote higher quality data collection, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of AA and NHPI health…


Blueprint For a Better America: Ensuring Our Immigration System Advances the Health and Well-Being of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and All Immigrants


As the country continues to grow and prosper, the participation and progress of our nation’s nearly 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are crucial to the health and welfare of the nation as a whole. Over the past decade, more immigrants have come to the U.S. from Asia than from any other region…

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Identifying Vulnerable Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in California Under Health Care Reform


In 2013, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) did a study on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander small business owners and employees throughout California. We were interested in identifying barriers they faced in getting health insurance, finding out what they knew about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and if they…


The Affordable Care Act: Medicaid Expansion and the Health Insurance Exchange in our States


This map represents the states where AIM for Equity partners are located and highlights their progress toward implementing the Affordable Care Act’s significant components—the Medicaid Program Expansions and the Health Insurance Exchanges. While these two health policy changes represent an important way for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AAs & NHPIs) to access…

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Brief on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Report

Health Brief

Epidemiologic Profile 2010: Asians and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders In August 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a groundbreaking report focusing on the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities and their disease burden for several viral communicable diseases: specifically, HIV /AIDS; viral hepatitis; sexually…


Health Care Reform and Pacific Islanders: Increasing Access and Quality


This webinar focused on expanded access to coverage, health disparities, and funding opportunities for community-based organizations under health care reform. APIAHF Policy Analyst Paulo Pontemayor discussed the health insurance exchanges and health care provisions that will help reduce health disparities among Pacific Islanders. Don Novo, Medicaid Program Branch Manager, and Tom Schenck, Region IX Pacific…


Pacific Islanders and Health Care Reform: Access and Coverage


This webinar focused on access and coverage issues. Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Minority Health, provided welcome remarks. Herb Schultz, Director of the Region IX office, opened the webinar with an overview of the Department of Health and Human Services, the role of the Region IX office, and key benefits…

Prevention with Positives Interventions for Asian & Pacific Islanders


This document is intended as a tool to assist community-based organizations (CBOs) who are interested in implementing and/or enhancing HIV prevention programs targetting Asian & Pacific Islander (A&PI) communities. It highlights “promising interventions” that are currently being developed and implemented for A&PIs who are living with HIV/AIDS (LWHA). In general, HIV prevention programs for individuals…