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AAPI Highlights, May 21, 2013
Welcome to this edition of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Highlights. Read about the President’s remarks on how the Affordable Care Act is helping women and their families, the 10th annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the WHIAAPI fall internship program, and more agency announcements.
President Obama Explains How Health Reform is Helping Women
President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House, May 10, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama spoke on May 10th to discuss how the Affordable Care Act has improved the lives of many American women. Women across the nation have written to the White House about how health reform has now allowed them to gain access to free preventive care like checkups, mammograms, cancer screenings with no co-pays and deductibles.
"Women in particular now have more control over their own care than ever before," the President said. "And I’m pleased to be joined today by many women who wrote in to tell us what the Affordable Care Act means to them." Read more here.
From the White House Kitchen: Healthy and Traditional Asian American and Pacific Islander Cuisine
Cristeta Comerford, the White House Executive Chef, teamed up with Chef Ming Tsai, WHIAAPI, the First Lady’s Let’s Move Initiative, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create healthy and delicious AAPI recipes. Check out the video and recipes here.
Coming Together to Stop Slavery
On May 17, the White House convened the 10th annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Secretary of State Kerry led the meeting, which was attended by Cabinet secretaries and representatives from agencies including State, Justice, Defense, Labor, Human and Health Services, Homeland Security, Interior, Agriculture, Transportation, Education, as well as USAID, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Management and Budget, and White House policy offices.
Each department, agency, and office shared their strategies to prevent trafficking, protect victims, prosecute offenders, and partner with civil society— both at home and around the world. Read more here.
Hanging Out with “We the Geeks”
On May 16th, the White House kicked off “We the Geeks,” a series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation. Topics such as commercial space exploration, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, turning science fiction to science fact, and others will be discussed with Administration officials and key private sector contributors. Learn more and see the video of the first Google+ Hangout here.
WHIAAPI is accepting Fall 2013 Internship applications. WHIAAPI is seeking highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in AAPI issues and have outstanding research, writing, and computer skills. If you are interested in applying, please send a statement that describes (1) one issue that affects the AAPI community, (2) a strategy that you would implement at the Initiative to address that issue, and (3) the organizations and/or federal agencies with whom you would collaborate.
Commissioner Tung Nguyen’s Story: Our Land of Limitless Opportunities
In this blog post, Dr. Tung Thanh Nguyen, a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, tells his immigration story from upheavals in Vietnam to his current position as a Professor of Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco. Read more here.
Jenny Yang Sworn in as EEOC Commissioner
On May 13, Jenny R. Yang was sworn as Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Yang was nominated by President Obama on August 2, 2012, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on April 25, 2013, to serve a term expiring July 1, 2017. "I am delighted to welcome Jenny Yang to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission," said EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien. "Her expertise in employment discrimination law and experience as a litigator will be great assets to the agency, and I look forward to working with her and my other colleagues on the Commission to promote equal opportunity in the workplace." Read more here.
Department of Labor AAPI Heritage Month Celebration – May 29
To commemorate AAPI Heritage Month, the Department of Labor will host an event on Wednesday, May 29, from 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris and Chief of Staff Ana Ma will join a panel of experts including Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of WHIAAPI, to discuss how President Obama’s call to increase the minimum wage would benefit AAPI communities. The event is open to the public, and you can register here.
Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West Speaks at the Department of Justice Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Event
On May 16, 2012, Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West celebrated AAPI Heritage Month by discussing the work of the Department of Justice that promotes equality and justice for the AAPI community. He also introduced Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress for the State of Illinois and the first member of Congress born in Thailand. Read more here.
Helping to answer President Obama’s call to ensure quality early education for every American child, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new regulation for public comment that will better ensure children’s health and safety in child care and promote school readiness. Under the proposed rule, states, territories and tribes would be required to strengthen their standards to better promote the health, safety and school readiness of children in federally funded child care. Comment on the rule and learn more here.
Administration Announces $1 billion Initiative to Launch Health Care Innovation Awards to Provide Better Health Care and Lower Costs
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a nearly $1 billion initiative that will fund awards and evaluation to build on the Obama administration’s work to transform the health care system by delivering better care and lowering costs. This second round of Health Care Innovation Awards will fund applicants that have a high likelihood of driving health care system transformation and delivering better outcomes. Read more here.
Health and Human Services Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE announced the winners of the Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color Challenge. A first-of-its-kind effort to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, the winning apps will help women of color prevent and fight cancer. Read more here.
How to Give Back to Veterans
Want to give your time and talents to support the care of America’s Veterans? There are many ways you can get involved and help fellow Veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Program (VAVS). VAVS volunteers have the opportunity to work at hospitals, outpatient clinics, readjustment counseling centers, VA regional offices, and cemeteries. Read more here.
USCIS to Expand Entrepreneurs in Residence Initiative
In just over one year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) innovative Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative has produced real benefits that will strengthen agency policies and practices relating to job-creating immigrant entrepreneurs who help advance American economic growth.
USCIS recruited both startup experts from the private sector, using DHS’s Loaned Executive Program, and internal immigration experts from across the agency. Working within the framework of current immigration law, the team set out with the overarching goal of optimizing existing visa categories used by entrepreneurs to provide pathways that are clear, consistent, and aligned with business realities. Read more here.
Webinar: EPA Grants Award Process
This webinar hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide an overview of the grants award process with a question and answer session to actively engage Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) stakeholders. We invite you to join us for this important event and for future events that are of significant impact to the AAPI community.
Date: Wednesday May 29, 2013
Time: 2-3PM EDT
Webinar Conference Number: 866-299-3188; Code 202 564 6771
Please note that this webinar has limited capacity and participants will be admitted on a first-come first-serve basis. If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia Maclin at 202-564-4401.
Applications for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Due by May 22
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the availability of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, a competitive grant opportunity which promotes immigrant civic integration and prepares permanent residents for citizenship. Applications are due by May 22, 2013. Through this grant opportunity, USCIS seeks to expand the availability of high-quality citizenship preparation services. Organizations selected to receive funding will offer both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to permanent residents. Learn more here.
CMS Navigator for Federally-Facilitated or State Partnership Marketplaces
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the availability of new funding to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. Navigators are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The funding opportunity announcement is open to eligible self-employed individuals and private and public entities applying to serve as Navigators in states with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace. The new funding opportunity provides up to $54 million in total funding and applications are due by June 7, 2013. To access the funding opportunity announcement online, visit: http://www.grants.gov, and search for CFDA # 93.750.