AAPI Weekly Highlights: The President & First Lady Visit Those Fasting for Immigration Reform

AAPI Highlights, December 5, 2013  

Welcome to this edition of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Highlights. Read about the Administration’s work on commonsense immigration reform, the Affordable Care Act, and 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 and First Lady Michelle Obama visits with a group staging a public fast for immigration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2013. "Fast for Families" is seeking to pressure Congress into passing an immigration bill. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President & First Lady Visit Those Fasting for Immigration Reform

Last week, the President and the First Lady visited the brave individuals who are fasting in the shadow of the Capitol, sacrificing their health in an effort to get Congress to act swiftly on commonsense immigration reform. The President and the First Lady gave their support for their fight for family unity this Thanksgiving weekend, as families across the country come together to spend time with loved ones. Read more.

Meaningful Progress on 23 Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

On January 16, 2013, President Obama announced 23 executive actions to reduce gun violence. Today, we have completed or made significant progress on every one of them. Take a look at what we've done.

Engaging Young People on the Affordable Care Act

This week, youth leaders from across the country gathered for the White House Youth Summit. The Summit was made of up 160 of this country's finest national and local leaders aged 18-35. Joined by White House and Administration staff, these millennial participants discussed issues important to their generation – especially spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act and organizing to get people enrolled in their respective communities. Read more.

WHIAAPI Announcements

Celebrating Four Years of President Obama’s Commitment to AAPIs

2013 marks the four-year anniversary of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders under President Obama. Since President Obama signed the Executive Order reestablishing the Initiative and the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs in October 2009, we have worked to open the doors of government to the AAPI community. Read about highlights of our work over the past four years.

12/12 Webinar: Recognizing & Addressing the Needs of AAPIs with Disabilities

On Thursday, December 12, from 3:00-4:00 PM ET, please join us for a conference call and webinar on Recognizing and Addressing the Needs of AAPIs with Disabilities with the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC). Read more.

12/19 Webinar: Hepatitis B & Reducing Perinatal Transmission

Please join WHIAAPI and Hep B United on Thursday, December 19, from 2:30-4:00 PM EDT for a webinar on Hepatitis B and Reducing Perinatal Transmission featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Hep B United. Read more.

Agency Announcements

Small Businesses & Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars

With new Health Insurance Marketplaces open, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Small Business Majority are excited to announce the next set of dates for our free Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. Read more.

HHS Shares Tips for Consumers Visiting HealthCare.gov

As the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues working around the clock to improve HealthCare.gov and the holiday shopping season kicks into gear, it shares some consumer friendly tips for individuals looking for quality affordable health insurance. Read more.

Health Disparities Service Fellowship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), is seeking a Survey Statistician, Social Scientist, or Health Scientist for a Health Disparities Service Fellowship in NCHS’ Office of the Center Director. Applications are due by January 15, 2014. Learn more.

Nominate a Small Business Owner for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards

Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted online. National Small Business Week will be celebrated May 12-16, 2014.

VA & Walgreens Working Together to Update Patient Immunization Records

Under a new pilot for enrolled veterans in the Florida region of VA’s Veterans Integrated Service Network 8, Veteran patients who choose to get a flu shot at any of more than 800 Walgreen’s locations now have an option for Walgreens to electronically forward their immunization record to VA – no paper record, no remembering required. Read more.

Strengthening and Transforming Local Partnerships to Serve Veteran Families

Recently, VA released a report on the effectiveness of its Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. The program is a competitive grant program to assist Veteran families at imminent risk for losing their housing, helps to maintain safe permanent housing. Read more.

Funding Opportunities

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities is funding the innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field. Such projects might enhance our understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities. Learn more.

Youth CareerConnect Grants

The Youth CareerConnect grant program is designed to encourage America's school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for America's youth. The Department of Labor award up to $100 million in 25 to 40 grants for individual or multi-site projects. Grants will be awarded to local education agencies, public or non-profit local workforce entities, or non-profits with education reform experience. Learn more.