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  • OUR WORK: Public Health Initiatives: Capacity Building Initiatives | APIAHF

    CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVES The AIDS movement has changed the way society thinks about the link between disease and social forces, the politics of public health and the importance of community involvement in programming, research, funding and policymaking. APIAHF ’s HIV Program has a long history of addressing health inequities across all racial/ethnic communities, especially among at-risk, underserved, and vulnerable populations. ​ COVID-19 & INFLUENZA TUBERCULOSIS ELIMINATION OUTREACH HIV EDUCATION & OUTREACH PUBLIC HEALTH INITITATIVES — The HIV Program works to improve the quality and sustainability of HIV prevention programs across the United States, including its affiliated territories, and to decrease the barriers to accessing HIV services and care for high-risk and racial/ethnic minority populations. APIAHF’s HIV Program accomplishes this by providing capacity building assistance via one-to-one consultations, skills-building trainings, peer based coaching and mentorship opportunities, and referrals to culturally and linguistically competent resources. ​ Click on APIAHF 's initiatives below to find out more. CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVES 20 X 20 INITIATIVE The 20x20 Navigator program provides vital help to AA NH/PI communities in navigating the health insurance marketplace, enroll in Medicaid and Medicare, and access the services they need. ​ Learn more about the 20x20 Navigator program here. 20x20 Navigator Program HEALTH ACCELERATOR The California Health Advocacy Accelerator (CHAA) will help community based organizations (CBOs) serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPIs) to accelerate their capacities to advance public policy for health and health equity. ​ AANHPIs are the fastest growing racial groups in California comprising over 17% of the state’s population, and the needs of the communities are wide and diverse. As important frontline service providers, CBOs provide critical culturally and linguistically tailored programs and accurate information. As CBOs, you are experts on your community needs and driven by missions to ensure these communities are not harmed or left behind in local, state and national level efforts to improve health and public health. Whether established or emerging, CBOs in California are ready for increasing their advocacy capacities. ​ CHAA Aims to Boost CBOs’ Ability to Advance Public Policy. CHAA will develop the capacity of AANHPI-serving CBOs by increasing their knowledge, skills, and efficacy to be more resilient, inspiring, strategic, and impactful in addressing structural barriers and advancing health and other policy solutions. We believe CHAA will accelerate the growth of strong, sustainable AANHPI-serving CBOs that have policy as an organizational strategy and can engage in full scope public policy advocacy (the ability to exercise the broad spectrum of advocacy strategies and tactics). ​ This 9-month program will begin with a 4-day in-person CHAA Immersive in Oakland, that brings together two-person teams from each CBO. The Immersive will provide a strong foundation in APIAHF’s full scope public policy advocacy framework, covering: (1) Advocacy Essentials; (2) Strategic Communications; and (3) Relationship Building. Following the Immersive, CBOs will convene through 6 distance-based learning sessions. ​ We are currently accepting applications. Click here to review Request for Applications . ​ California Health Advocacy Accelerator (CHAA) EDUCATIONAL DIGITAL INITIATIVE Learn more about our monthly digital podcast, "The Hot Pot." COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT More to come... The AIDS movement has changed the way society thinks about the link between disease and social forces, the politics of public health and the importance of community involvement in programming, research, funding and policymaking. APIAHF ’s HIV Program has a long history of addressing health inequities across all racial/ethnic communities, especially among at-risk, underserved, and vulnerable populations. ​ PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES COVID-19 & INFLUENZA — The AIDS movement has changed the way society thinks about the link between disease and social forces, the politics of public health and the importance of community involvement in programming, research, funding and policymaking. APIAHF’s HIV Program has a long history of addressing health inequities across all racial/ethnic communities, especially among at-risk, underserved, and vulnerable populations. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES HIV Education & Outreach Tuberculosis Elimination Outreach COVID-19 & Influenza Capacity Building Initiatives LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES Expanding Access to Healthcare COVID-19 & Influenza Tuberculosis Elimination Outreach HIV Education & Outreach

  • OUR WORK: Public Health Initiatives: HIV Education | APIAHF

    HIV EDUCATION & OUTREACH Coming soon... LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES COVID-19 & Influenza Tuberculosis Elimination Outreach Capacity Building Initiatives HIV Education & Outreach CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVES TUBERCULOSIS ELIMINATION OUTREACH HIV EDUCATION & OUTREACH PUBLIC HEALTH INITITATIVES — FIND A LOCAL VACCINE CLINIC AT www.vaccines.gov COVID-19 & INFLUENZA PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES HIV EDUCATION & OUTREACH — FIND A LOCAL VACCINE CLINIC AT www.vaccines.gov LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES Expanding Access to Healthcare COVID-19 & Influenza Tuberculosis Elimination Outreach Capacity Building Initiatives

  • OUR WORK: POLICY: Medicare & Medicaid | APIAHF

    MEDICARE & MEDICAID WHAT WE DO In 2010, we worked to shape and pass the biggest expansion in health care access and civil rights in a generation through the Affordable Care Act. Now we continue to defend the law in the halls of Congress, the Administration and in the courts. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR POLICY WORK Expanding Access to Healthcare Data Disaggregation Human Equity and Human Rights Medicare and Medicaid The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the most significant expansions in civil rights and health care since the creation of the Medicaid program in 1964. The ACA’s public and private coverage expansions have cut the uninsured rate in half for Asian Americans (from 15.1% to 7.5%) and nearly half for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (14.5% to 7.8%). Despite these historic gains, disparities within Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities remain due to varying degrees of poverty, immigration-based barriers, lack of cultural competency in the health care system, and language access barriers. ​ HUMAN EQUITY & HUMAN RIGHTS DATA DISAGGREGATION EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE MEDICARE & MEDICAID POLICY — GETTING PEOPLE COVERED AND HELPING THEM STAY COVERED APIAHF leverages a considerable network of national and community-based partners throughout the country to support continued enrollment efforts through culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies. We work with federal and state policymakers to ensure that policies and programs meet the needs of AA and NHPIs and other immigrant communities. ​ In 2012, APIAHF co-founded Action for Health Justice with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Los Angeles, Asian Americans Advancing Justice — AAJC and 72 federally qualified health centers and community based organizations. Across three enrollment periods, Action for Health Justice outreached and educated nearly 1 million AAs and NHPIs in 56 different languages, helping to substantially lessen the coverage gap in these populations. KEEPING MEDICAID’S PROMISE Medicaid is a lifeline for 24 percent of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and 16 percent of Asian Americans under 65, providing coverage they otherwise would never be able to afford. Whether it is fighting attempts to dismantle the program or addressing threats to reduce coverage for covered individuals in the states, APIAHF ensures the voices and needs of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are heard. ​ POLICY MEDICARE & MEDICAID — WHAT WE DO In 2010, we worked to shape and pass the biggest expansion in health care access and civil rights in a generation through the Affordable Care Act. Now we continue to defend the law in the halls of Congress, the Administration and in the courts. ​ LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR POLICY WORK Expanding Access to Healthcare Expanding Access to Healthcare Data Disaggregation Human Equity and Human Rights

  • OUR WORK: POLICY:Data Disaggregation | APIAHF

    DATA DISAGGREGATION WHAT WE DO APIAHF advances the collection, reporting and analysis of detailed data to make sure Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities are visible and heard. ​ LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR POLICY WORK Expanding Access to Healthcare Medicare and Medicaid Human Equity and Human Rights Data Disaggregation OUR POSITION APIAHF believes that detailed and accurate data collection, analysis, reporting, and dissemination at the federal, state and local levels is essential to having diverse communities be visible and represented. ​ Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders trace their heritage to more than 50 different countries and speak more than 100 different languages. Yet, when diverse communities are considered as one, the resulting data leads to inaccurate policy assumptions and poorly targeted investments that undermine equity for all. ​ APIAHF works to ensure that the distinct social, health, educational and economic di­fferences within Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities are represented in policy, research and advocacy. APIAHF advocates for comprehensive data collection and analysis that is scientifically robust and refined in its results, through strategies that include combining multiple years of data for analyses of smaller populations, proper sampling methodologies including oversampling, and ensuring that surveys are administered in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. ​ 30 YEARS ADVANCING DATA EQUITY Since our founding 1986, APIAHF has been a leader in advocating for health data equity, serving as a national convener and working with state and local community-based organizations to advance the issue. This focus, and the major impetus for the creation of APIAHF, originated with the 1985 Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health (“Heckler Report”). This foundational report, by then U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler, was one of the first comprehensive government reviews of minority health disparities, but incorrectly concluded that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPI) were healthier than other minorities, despite only analyzing aggregated data. Since then, APIAHF has successfully led advocacy for the collection, analysis, and reporting of AA and NHPI data through successful legislative and administrative strategies, nationally funded partnerships, and as a thought leader on data equity. ​ OUR STRATEGIES APIAHF works to increase data and research on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities by supporting: Standardized collection of data on race, ethnicity, primary language and sociodemographic factors. Efforts to collect data in health surveys, hospitals and health care organizations and plans. Increased data collection and reporting by federal agencies. Adequate resources to support efforts to collect Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander health data. Partnerships with funders and state and local health advocates to advance data equity at the local level. Policy Recommendations: Health Equity Cannot Be Achieved Without Complete and Transparent Data Collection and the Disaggregation of Data FEBRUARY 2021 - HEALTH BRIEF READ MORE Advocating for Data Disaggregation by Race and Ethnicity MAY 2021 READ MORE HUMAN EQUITY & HUMAN RIGHTS MEDICARE & MEDICAID EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE DATA DISAGGREGATION POLICY — POLICY DATA AGGREGATION — LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR POLICY WORK Expanding Access to Healthcare Expanding Access to Healthcare Medicare and Medicaid Human Equity and Human Rights

  • OUR WORK: Public Health Initiatives: COVID-19 | APIAHF

    COVID-19 AND INFLUENZA APIAHF is closely monitoring the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) . This page will be updated regularly as news and resources develop. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES HIV Education & Outreach Tuberculosis Elimination Outreach Capacity Building Initiatives COVID-19 & Influenza CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVES TUBERCULOSIS ELIMINATION OUTREACH HIV EDUCATION & OUTREACH COVID-19 & INFLUENZA PUBLIC HEALTH INITITATIVES — OUR POLICY WORK ON COVID-19 APIAHF is advocating for an equitable federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are fighting to ensure public health officials have the detailed demographic data they need to help all communities; to guarantee people who are Limited-English Proficient have their civil rights respected; and to demand the inclusion of immigrant and AANHPI communities in the federal public health and economic responses. FIND A LOCAL VACCINE CLINIC AT www.vaccines.gov APIAHF and 27 national and community Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) partners, with the CDC, launched the National AA and NHPI Health Response Partnership (the Partnership) to offer culturally and linguistically accessible resources to AANHPI communities. ​ AA-NHPIHealthResponse.org will provide online resources to inform AANHPI populations on different pressing public health issues. In its initial phase, the Partnership included resources for COVID-19, specifically vaccinations, data accumulation efforts, public service announcements and health education. National AA and NHPI Health Response Partnership VISIT THE NATIONAL AA & HHPI HEALTH RESPONSE PARTNERSHIP RELATED RESOURCES — COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATES FROM THE CDC COVID-19 VACCINE BASICS COVID-19 LEARNING MATERIALS & GLOSSARY VIDEO RESOURCES Project Firstline, CDC’s national training collaborative for infection prevention and control, is committed to preparing frontline healthcare workers and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats. ​ Healthcare workers are on the frontlines of infection control and are essential partners in stopping the spread of infectious diseases. Project Firstline provides infection control training to this workforce, across all roles and settings. ​ Project Firstline is building infection control training expertise within the public health workforce to support a culture of infection control in healthcare communities everywhere. A workforce trained in infection control can stop the spread of infectious diseases in healthcare settings, and protect staff, patients, and communities. ​ CDC brings decades of experience in infection control and is uniquely positioned to provide this large-scale training to healthcare workers and the public health workforce. All healthcare workers—whether in environmental services, administration, acute, or long-term care—must unite in the effort to save lives with good infection control practices every day. ​ To better inform Project Firstline’s training content, CDC and APIAHF, along with partners Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations , Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance , NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health , Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation, Papa Ola Lokahi , and Na Limahana o Lonopuha listened to people on the frontlines of healthcare and public health. Together we will continue these dialogues to ensure that Project Firstline provides relevant and accessible trainings—trainings that present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them. PROJECT FIRSTLINE LEARN MORE AT THE WEBSITE MEET THE CHAMPIONS VIEW CDC TRAININGS FIND IN-LANGUAGE RESOURCES PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES COVID-19 & INFLUENZA — LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES Expanding Access to Healthcare HIV Education & Outreach Tuberculosis Elimination Outreach Capacity Building Initiatives

  • OUR WORK: PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES | APIAHF

    COVID-19 & Influenza HIV Education and Outreach Tuberculosis Elimination Outreach Capacity Building Initiatives PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES —

  • OUR WORK: POLICY: Human Equity & Human Rights | APIAHF

    HUMAN EQUITY & HUMAN RIGHTS Health equity means that every individual has the opportunity to attain optimal health and well-being. To achieve health equity, our country must work to address pervasive disparities in both access and outcomes. Our experience has shown us that achieving health equity requires in-depth research to identify problems and solutions, responsive policies to population needs and smart investments in communities. In doing so, we must address both the underlying socio-economic factors and existing policies that drive health care disparities. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR POLICY WORK Expanding Access to Healthcare Medicare and Medicaid Data Disaggregation Human Equity and Human Rights MEDICARE & MEDICAID DATA DISAGGREGATION EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE HUMAN EQUITY & HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY — RESPONSIVE RESEARCH Data and research are the underpinning of any effort to achieve health equity. We cannot address disparities without first understanding what they are and who they impact, followed by understanding what interventions and changes are needed to adequately and effectively uplift affected populations. Since, and before, the groundbreaking 1985 Heckler Report, which failed to accurately reflect the realities of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, advocates and academics have worked for better reporting. We work to advocate for research, both by government and private actors, that accounts for disaggregated data, includes the voices of relevant communities and furthers our understanding of how health equity can be achieved. ​ ADDRESSING POLICY SHORTCOMINGS Public policy can both exacerbate and minimize health disparities. We believe that policymakers at all levels of government must act to address previous injustices and prevent future disparities. Policy interventions to achieve health equity range from ensuring communities of color have access to safe, livable communities to closing nationwide gaps in cancer outcomes, maternal mortality and diabetes prevention. SMART COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS We believe empowered communities are best positioned to determined what is needed for achieving their own health equity. Decision-making and research must include input and leadership from affected communities. Funding local efforts of community based organizations, who know best the needs of their neighborhoods, are often the most effective ways to address disparities. And while national problems often require national solutions, we must account for the ways those solutions will impact diverse communities. ​ POLICY HUMAN EQUITY & HUMAN RIGHTS — LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR POLICY WORK Expanding Access to Healthcare Expanding Access to Healthcare Data Disaggregation Medicare & Medicaid

  • OUR WORK: POLICY: Expanding Access to Healthcare | APIAHF

    EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE WHAT WE DO APIAHF works to ensure that all Americans have access to health coverage and quality care that they can afford and rely on, no matter where they come from or what language they speak. ​ LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR POLICY WORK Data Disaggregation Medicare and Medicaid Human Equity and Human Rights Expanding Access to Healthcare Health coverage is a strong predictor of access to health care in the U.S. Health coverage rates vary widely among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. As a group, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are more likely to be uninsured than non-Hispanic whites. Specific ethnic groups face extremely high rates of uninsurance: In 2016, 14% of Nepalese Americans, 12% of Micronesians and 9% of Laotians were uninsured. REMAINING UNINSURED Despite improvements through the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and CHIP, disparities within AA and NHPI communities remain due to varying degrees of poverty, immigration-based barriers, lack of cultural competency in the health care system, and language access barriers. ​ Immigration status is a major social determinant of health, impacting the type of coverage a person is eligible for and whether that person can access routine and preventive care. As a result, many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are locked out of public programs due to federal and state immigration restrictions. Nationally, 35% of noncitizens are uninsured, compared to 8% of naturalized citizens and 7% of native-born citizens. ​ In addition, many Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders that qualify for public programs remain uninsured because of language and cultural barriers in the enrollment process, misinformation about eligibility, and other family hardships such as food and housing insecurity. POLICY — EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE DATA DISAGGREGATION MEDICARE & MEDICAID HUMAN EQUITY & HUMAN RIGHTS LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR POLICY WORK Expanding Access to Healthcare Data Disaggregation Medicare and Medicaid Human Equity and Human Rights POLICY EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE — WHAT WE DO APIAHF works to ensure that all Americans have access to health coverage and quality care that they can afford and rely on, no matter where they come from or what language they speak. ​

  • OUR WORK: POLICY | APIAHF

    APIAHF works with community advocates, public health leaders and policymakers to generate policy and systems changes that benefit our communities at the national, state and local levels. As part of an ambitious framework for change in policies, in systems, and in the fundamental ways that we address health for our communities, APIAHF policy work focuses on: LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR POLICY WORK Expanding Access to Healthcare Data Disaggregation Medicare and Medicaid Human Equity and Human Rights 1 Expanding access to healthcare 2 Improving the quality of health care through cultural competency, language access and diverse workforce ​ 3 Increasing research and improving data collection about health issues faced by our communities EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE POLICY — DATA DISAGGREGATION MEDICARE & MEDICAID HUMAN EQUITY & HUMAN RIGHTS

  • ABOUT | APIAHF

    APIAHF influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans & Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders. MISSION — ABOUT — Offices in San Francisco and Washington, DC Established 1986 Also Known As: “Health Forum” ​APIAHF is the oldest and largest health advocacy organization working with AA & NH/PI 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 & NH/PI 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. VISION STATEMENT — APIAHF envisions a world where all people share responsibility and take action to ensure healthy and vibrant communities for current and future generations. VALUES — RESPECT because we affirm the identity, rights and dignity of all people. in how people are treated by others and by institutions, including who participates in decision making processes. FAIRNESS in power, opportunities, and resources to address obstacles, hindering vulnerable communities and groups from living their healthiest lives. EQUITY

  • ABOUT: OUR BOARD | APIAHF

    OUR BOARD — NEAL SHAH, JD, MPH CHAIRPERSON SHERI HAMAMOTO BOYLE, PhD, MSW VICE CHAIR CHANG RIM NA, MD, MPH SECRETARY HEANG K. TAN TREASURER DONNA LEUNG, MS, MBA AT LARGE JENNIFER "JAE" REQUIRO AT LARGE BLEU BLAKSLEE BENJAMIN ENG, MD, MA KEALOHA FOX, PhD, MA NELLY GANESAN SOHINI GUPTA, JD OLIVER KIM, LLM, JD JEANETTE QUICK, JD JENNIFER RASING SHELDON RIKLON, MD JEFFREY S. ROH, MD, MBA, MSc SHAO-CHEE SIM, PhD, MPA KARIN WANG, JD

  • ABOUT: OUR LEADERSHIP | APIAHF

    OUR LEADERSHIP — JULIET K. CHOI, JD PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER LILY SHEN CHIEF OF STAFF AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF COVID-19 RESPONSE MICHAEL H. CHAE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER MARY L. SMITH, JD VICE PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS JOHN "JAKE" GREENE II INTERIM CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER KAMANAʻOPONO M. CRABBE, PhD COUNSELOR VICTORIA LAI, JD COUNSELOR

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