AAPI Weekly Highlights: We Should Pass Immigration Reform, and We Should Do It this Year


AAPI Highlights, October 28, 2013

Welcome to this edition of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Highlights. Read about the need to pass immigration reform this year, enrolling in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace, WHIAAPI’s Hangout in Vietnamese on the Health Insurance Marketplace, and more agency announcements.

As a reminder, you can read about our work at www.whitehouse.gov/aapi and you can follow us on Twitter: @WhiteHouseAAPI for the Initiative, @KiranAhujaAAPI for Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of the Initiative, and @Inouye44 for Shin Inouye, White House Director of Specialty Media.

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks on immigration, in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 24, 2013. (Official

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks on immigration, in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 24, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama: We Should Pass Immigration Reform, and We Should Do It this Year

Last week, President Obama joined leaders from business, labor, and faith communities who are united around one goal: fixing our broken immigration system. People across the political spectrum understand that our current system is broken, President Obama said. And earlier this year, the Senate passed a bill with bipartisan support that addresses "the core challenges of how we create an immigration system that is fair, that’s just, that is true to our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants." Read more about President Obama’s remarks on immigration reform.

Weekly Address: Enrolling in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace

In last week’s address, President Obama discusses the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace for the Affordable Care Act, which gives millions of Americans the opportunity to have access to affordable and reliable healthcare—many for the first time. Watch President Obama’s weekly address.

Hurricane Sandy: Recovery Efforts One Year Later

Nearly one year ago, communities across a dozen states in the Northeast experienced the devastating and tragic effects of Hurricane Sandy. Communities were shattered, families were torn apart, homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and lives were upended. But brick by brick, block by block, we are rebuilding. The impacted communities will come back stronger and the federal government will continue to stand right by their side as we continue to recover and rebuild. Read more about the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

WHIAAPI Announcements

Learn About the Health Insurance Marketplace in Vietnamese – November 6, 2013

WHIAAPI will be continuing our Google+ Hangout Series on the Health Insurance Marketplace, with the next session to be held in Vietnamese on November 6th at 3pm ET. Dr. Tung Thanh Nguyen of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders wrote about the Vietnamese-language Hangout: “Having come to the United States as a refugee from Vietnam and now providing medical care and conducting research on Asian American health, I know that the Vietnamese community faces challenges in accessing quality health care. One in five Vietnamese Americans lacks health insurance coverage. Vietnamese Americans are also among the highest limited English proficient populations in the nation. Over half, or 53 percent, of all Vietnamese Americans report speaking English less than very well. So, access to information on health care in Vietnamese is critical to increasing health insurance coverage and access to health care among Vietnamese Americans.” Read more about the upcoming Google+ Hangout in Vietnamese.

Agency Announcements

Department of Transportation: 2014 Summer Transportation

Internship Program for Diverse Groups

The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and skills that will complement your academic pursuits. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate tomorrow's leaders, strengthen their understanding of the transportation industry and prepare them for future public service opportunities. The Summer 2014 STIPDG application period is now OPEN. Read more about the internship opportunity.

Department of Labor: Obama administration Awards $20.5 million for Make it in America Challenge Grants to Spur Business Investment and Job Creation

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Christopher A. Masingill announced the 10 winners of the Make it in America Challenge, an Obama administration initiative to accelerate job creation and encourage business investment in the United States. The grantees are receiving a total of $20,533,409 for projects supporting regional economic development, advanced skills training, greater supply chain access and other enhancements. The programs are designed to encourage U.S. companies to keep, expand or reshore their manufacturing operations — and jobs — in America, and to entice foreign companies to build facilities and make their products here. Read more about the grants.

Department of Health & Human Services: Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Marking Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a statement: “October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month - when individuals, families, schools, and communities across the nation help to raise awareness about bullying prevention. Bullying remains a widespread problem with nearly 30 percent of adolescents in the U.S. reporting some experience with bullying, whether as the victim, the bully or both. An infographic developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) highlights important facts and information about bullying prevention. We know that there are a number of emotional effects that can result from bullying such as depression and anxiety. There are also physical effects as well, like headaches and stomachaches, and sleep problems. In a special supplement of the Journal of Adolescent Health supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) we see how researchers continue to investigate the complex relationship between bullying and suicide.” Read Sec. Sebelius’ full statement.

Grant Opportunities

NIH: Clinical Research in the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of HIV-Related Heart, Lung, and Blood (HLB) Diseases in Adults and Children (R01)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites clinical research project grant (R01) applications on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV-related heart, lung, and/or blood (HLB) diseases in adults and children. Proposed projects may utilize various approaches such as observational studies; quasi-experimental designs; and single-center, pilot trials. Whenever possible, investigators are strongly encouraged to leverage existing infrastructure such as clinical cohorts, biological specimens and imaging banks. The goal of this FOA is to address major scientific gaps in characterizing, preventing, diagnosing, or treating HIV-related HLB diseases and foster multi-disciplinary collaborations among investigators. Closing date for applications is January 8, 2015. The award ceiling is $499,999. Read more about this funding opportunity.

NSF: Advancing Informal STEM Learning

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. The AISL program supports five types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, and (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops. The deadline for proposals is January 14, 2014. Award ceiling is $3,000,000. Read more about this funding opportunity.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Scholarly Editions and Translations

Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. These grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Projects must be undertaken by a team of at least one editor or translator and one other staff member. Grants typically support editions and translations of significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible. Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing or the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions. Translation projects should also explain the approach adopted for the particular work to be translated. Editions and translations produced with NEH support contain scholarly and critical apparatus appropriate to the subject matter and format of the edition. This usually means introductions and annotations that provide essential information about the form, transmission, and historical and intellectual context of the texts and documents involved. Proposals for editions of foreign language materials in the original language are eligible for funding, as well as proposals for editions of translated materials. The closing date is January 7, 2014. The award ceiling is $300,000. Read more about this funding opportunity.