AAPI Highlights: AAPI Student Data Disaggregation Conference – June 6

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AAPI Highlights, May 28, 2013


Welcome to this edition of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Highlights. Read about the President’s meeting with DREAMers – U.S. citizen children of undocumented workers, how the Affordable Care Act is helping AAPIs, the WHIAAPI iCount data disaggregation conference, an upcoming webinar on careers in the public sector, and more agency announcements.


Aspiring Americans Share their Stories as Senate Debates Immigration Reform

 President Obama and DREAMers

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with DREAMers who have received Deferred Action and U.S. citizen family members of undocumented immigrants, in the Oval Office, May 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

As the Senate debates bipartisan immigration reform legislation, the President and the Vice President hosted a meeting on May 21 in the Oval Office with young immigrants, also known as DREAMers, as well as with the siblings and spouses of undocumented immigrants. The meeting was an important opportunity for the President and the Vice President to hear directly from people whose families are affected daily by our nation’s broken immigration system. Read more here.

Giving Thanks to Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

In the President’s weekly address, President Obama commemorates Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country. Read more on how you can send a message of thanks to service members and see the weekly address here.

Blog Post: Removing Obstacles to Health Care for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The Affordable Care Act will remove obstacles to care that many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders historically have faced and ensure that they will have better access to stable, affordable health insurance and high quality health care suited to their needs. Read the rest of the blog by Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor Juliet Choi here.


Digital Strategy: Delivering Better Results for the Public

The Digital Government Strategy is built on the proposition that all Americans should be able to access information from their Government anywhere, anytime, and on any device; that open government data - data that are publicly accessible in easy-to-use formats - can fuel innovation and economic growth; and that technology can make government more transparent, more efficient, and more effective. Read more how the digital government strategy helps citizens obtain the information they need here.  


WHIAAPI Announcements


iCount: Equity Through Representation – June 6, 2013 


One of the President's top priorities is to provide a competitive education for all Americans.  For the AAPI community, a major hurdle to this goal is the current practice of data collection that aggregates AAPI subgroup data, thus masking disparities of underserved AAPI communities.  On June 6, WHIAAPI, together with New York University’s National Commission on AAPI Research in Higher Education, will host the first-ever working symposium to address the obstacles to, and need for, AAPI student data disaggregation in K-12 and higher educational institutions.  Join Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the Honorable Judy Chu, Chair, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and other high-level federal officials as they join more than 40 educational institution representatives from across the country to learn about this new movement, iCount: Equity Through Representation.


Registration is required by Friday, May 31, and seating is limited. Register here. Learn more at the iCount website here. For more information, contact Seema Patel at seema.patel@ed.gov. 


Agency Spotlight - U.S. Department of Education: Advancing Data Disaggregation Practices for the AAPI Community


Last year, the Department of Education issued a Request for Information (RFI) to collect data disaggregation practices at educational institutions across the country.  The responses to the RFI included information from many community based organizations, state education associations, and higher education institutions.  Through this effort, the Department of Education will be able to identify best practices around data collection in the field, identify challenges and barriers, and develop appropriate support services as needed.  Identifying more comprehensive data systems will ultimately help to reduce academic disparities and increase overall educational attainment for AAPI students.  In an effort to further understand these issues, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be providing keynote remarks at the June 6thiCount, Equity Through Representation” symposium that will bring together federal officials, foundation partners, data specialists, and policy experts to strategize about data disaggregation practices, systems, and solutions.  Learn more about the work that the Department of Education is doing on behalf of the AAPI community here.  


Professional Development Webinar: Careers in the Public Sector Webinar – June 18


WHIAAPI and the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) will host a webinar on careers in the public sector on June 18 at 2:00 EDT with speakers from the Department of Education, Peace Corps, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Office of Personnel Management.  Recent graduates and young professionals interested in careers in the federal government are encouraged to participate. Click here to RSVP by June 17.


Agency Announcements


The Health Care Law and You Webinar in Mandarin – May 28, 4PM EST


The Health Care Law and You is a presentation developed by the Department of Health and Human Services to educate AAPI community members about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. This resource has been translated by the Office of Public Engagement at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services into the following languages: Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi, Bengali, Hmong, Khmer, Samoan and Tongan. 

The webinar on May 28 at 4:00 PM EST in Mandarin will feature Professor Furjen Deng Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Sam Houston State University and Light and Salt Association, Board Chair, who will speak about how the Affordable Care Act will increase health care access and reduce health care disparities.  Register here.


VA, DoD and HHS Partner to Expand Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members and Families


The Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Health and Human Services announced progress made to date on initiatives called for in President Obama’s August 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and their families. Read more here.


US Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy Announces Theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month October 2013


"Because We Are EQUAL to the Task" is the theme of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Chosen by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, the theme reflects the reality that people with disabilities have the education, training, experience and desires to be successful in the workplace. Read more here.


OPM Launches USAJOBS and Operating Status Mobile Apps


The Office of Personal Management released new mobile services for USAJOBS and the Washington, DC-area operating status. This release is part of our efforts to carry out the Administration's Digital Government Strategy, set to transform public-facing government services in line with 21st Century expectations. Read more here.


Grant Opportunities

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.


Interior Department to Hire Nearly 17,000 Young People to Work on Public Lands This Year – $4.2 million in Grants Available


In response to President Obama’s challenge to expand employment opportunities for youth, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced $4.2 million in grants to support conservation employment and mentoring opportunities for more than 600 young people ages 15-25 on public lands across the country. Read more and see a full list of grants here.