AAPI Weekly Highlights: The First Lady Visits Children's National Medical Center

AAPI Highlights, December 17, 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.

First Lady Michelle Obama, with Obama family pets, Bo and Sunny, greets children during a Christmas holiday program at the Children’s National Medical

First Lady Michelle Obama, with Obama family pets, Bo and Sunny, greets children during a Christmas holiday program at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

The First Lady Visits the Children’s National Medical Center

First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. to read one of her favorite Christmas tales and to spread some holiday cheer. First Dogs Bo and Sunny came along to help the First Lady greet the children and their families. Read more.

Marking the One-Year Anniversary of the Tragic Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

In his weekly address, President Obama honors the memory of the 26 innocent children and educators who were taken from us a year ago in Newtown, Connecticut. Watch the weekly address.

What You Missed: Vice President Biden Answers Your Questions on Immigration Reform

Last week, Vice President Biden and Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, sat down with Natali Morris to answer questions on immigration during a live Skype event. "At its core, we’re a nation of immigrants,” said the Vice President. Read more.

WHIAAPI Announcements

12/19 Webinar: Hepatitis B and Reducing Perinatal Transmission

Please join WHIAAPI and Hep B United on Thursday, December 19, from 2:30-4:00 PM ET 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.

Building a Federal Workforce that Reflects a Changing America

By 2020, almost one out of every five Americans will be of AAPI descent.  Yet AAPIs currently account for only 5.6% of the total federal workforce and only 4.4% of the Senior Executive Service (SES), the highest managerial level in the federal government.  WHIAAPI has been collaborating with federal agencies and community organizations to increase AAPI representation in the federal government at all levels, strengthening the pipeline for AAPIs to enter and advance up the ranks. One example is through the Asian American Government Executive Network (AAGEN) SES Development Program. Read more.

Regional Interagency Working Group: Community Engagement Partners at the Grassroots Level

With jackets off, sleeves rolled up, and ready for action, members from the WHIAAPI Regional Interagency Working Group (RIWG) gathered in Washington, DC last week to plan future engagement efforts with the AAPI community across the country. Members of the RIWG include over 100 Regional Administrators, District Directors, Assistant District Directors, and staff from over 20 federal agencies and sub-agencies. More importantly, RIWG members are members of your community. We are your neighbors and we understand the issues that you face every day. Read more.

Agency Announcements

12/18: Webinar for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries about "Work from Home" Opportunities

If you receive Social Security disability benefits and want to make more money by working at home, Social Security's Ticket to Work (TTW) program may be able to help you. Register for this free Work Incentives Seminar Event which will be held on December 18, 2013 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You'll learn about how the TTW works and other work incentives that may let you keep your benefits while you explore employment or receive vocational rehabilitation services. Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY)Learn more.

Nearly 365,000 Americans selected plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace in October and November

Last week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that nearly 365,000 individuals have selected plans from the state and federal Marketplaces by the end of November. November alone added more than a quarter million enrollees in state and federal Marketplaces. Enrollment in the federal Marketplace in November was more than four times greater than October’s reported federal enrollment number. Read more.

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.

Funding Opportunities

Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault

The Consolidated Youth Program creates a unique opportunity for communities to increase collaboration among non-profit victim service providers, violence prevention and children (0-10), youth (11-18), young adult (19-24) and men-serving organizations, tribes and tribal governments, local government agencies, schools, and programs that support men’s role in combating violence against women and girls. Learn more.

College Assistance Migrant Program

The College Assistance Migrant Program under the U.S. Department of Education provides academic and financial support to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family complete their first year of college and continue in postsecondary education. Learn more.

Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children

This initiative encourages research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. Specific targeted areas of research include biobehavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities such as biological (e.g., genetics, cellular, organ systems), lifestyle factors, environmental (e.g., physical and family environments) social (e.g., peers), economic, institutional, and cultural and family influences; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known health condition and/or disability; and studies that test and evaluate the comparative effectiveness of health promotion interventions conducted in traditional and nontraditional settings. Learn more.