Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve
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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) is a health justice non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of more than 17 million Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders living in the United States and its jurisdictions. We believe that all persons have the right to be healthy, the right to live in a thriving community, and the right to quality, affordable, and accessible health care. For the past 25 years, APIAHF has worked with community advocates, public health leaders, and policymakers to generate policies, programs, and systems changes to improve the health of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Through our policy and advocacy efforts, APIAHF was instrumental in the creation of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, fought for the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and continues to demand the inclusion of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the collection and reporting of local, state, and national health data. Among our many successful partnerships, APIAHF is proud to direct the largest ever investment in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities through a $16.5 million grant by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Mission: The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Our work derives from three core values: Respect because we affirm the identity, rights, and dignity of all people. Fairness in how people are treated by others and by institutions, including who participates in decision making processes. Equity in power, opportunities,and resources to address obstacles hindering vulnerable communities and groups from living the healthiest lives.

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12/27/2020

Have an open application? Call 1-800-318-2596 for an interpreter. If you do not have an application, seek out your local assistance: navigators, and certified application counselors. They can provide language access! Visit: http://ow.ly/Yvxl50CTtqW and http://ow.ly/M2SS50CTtqX

12/26/2020

If you have lost coverage, apply and your coverage will start on the first day of the month you’re enrolled #covid19 #acaenrollment.

12/25/2020

If you are aware that you will lose your coverage, apply ASAP to avoid a gap in coverage!

12/24/2020

Last minute shopping? Don’t forget to add insurance to your cart! Iven if you’re covered, still shop around to ensure you are getting the best possible premium. Make sure you are actively renewing, do not rely on automatic renewal. #covid19 #acaenrollment

We are proud to introduce Amy Ngoc Hoang as CDC's Project Firstline Prevention & Control Champion from Asian Pacific Ame...
12/24/2020

We are proud to introduce Amy Ngoc Hoang as CDC's Project Firstline Prevention & Control Champion from
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)! #WeAreFirstline

12/24/2020

Insurance can cover COVID-19 testing, doctor visits, and hospital treatments. ACA plans will be required to cover the COVID-19 vaccine. Take care of yourself, make sure you’re ensured. #covid19 #acaenrollment

Each state has a different ACA Enrollment deadline. To see when your state’s enrollment deadline date is, go to http://o...
12/23/2020

Each state has a different ACA Enrollment deadline. To see when your state’s enrollment deadline date is, go to http://ow.ly/3RFl50CTnmz #covid19 #acaenrollment #deadline

ICYMI certain states have their own marketplaces and deadlines; The deadline to ensure health insurance coverage is acti...
12/23/2020

ICYMI certain states have their own marketplaces and deadlines; The deadline to ensure health insurance coverage is active by January 1, 2021 for Massachusetts (12/23), Rhode Island (12/31), and New Jersey (12/31). There is still time! To see the full list go to http://ow.ly/6tdo50CTiNi #covid19 #acaenrollment

We're so proud to be a part of this coalition with National Council of Asian Pacific Americans - NCAPA, Association of A...
12/22/2020

We're so proud to be a part of this coalition with National Council of Asian Pacific Americans - NCAPA, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, and Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese as well as grateful to members of Congress like Senator Mazie K. Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas in advocating to restore Medicaid access for #COFA communities!

BREAKING: NCAPA Applauds Restoration of COFA Medicaid Access in COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

Read our full statement here: https://www.ncapaonline.org/cofa-medicaid-access.../
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APIAHF's CEO Juliet K. Choi calls the restoration of Medicaid access for #COFA communities in the economic relief packag...
12/22/2020
Decades later, Congress restores Medicaid for Marshallese and other Pacific Islanders

APIAHF's CEO Juliet K. Choi calls the restoration of Medicaid access for #COFA communities in the economic relief package Congress passed on Monday "bright and hopeful" during this "dark time."

APIAHF urges members of Congress to continue to keep health equity for vulnerable communities of color in their minds as we navigate this unprecedented time.

via Los Angeles Times

Nearly 25 years ago, Congress went back on its promise to give the Marshallese medical coverage. This weekend, lawmakers voted to reinstate it.

Thank you to all of the members of Congress who have championed for COFA communities and to all of our national and loca...
12/22/2020
‘A shining moment’: Congress agrees to restore Medicaid for Pacific Islanders

Thank you to all of the members of Congress who have championed for COFA communities and to all of our national and local partners who have tireless advocated for COFA families. The hard work continues until we finally have health equity for communities of color!

After fleeing their homeland scarred by U.S. nuclear tests, Marshall Islanders finally get the health care that was promised them.

“It’s taken nearly 25 years to correct a legislative error that stripped Medicaid from the COFA community. Once this leg...
12/22/2020
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“It’s taken nearly 25 years to correct a legislative error that stripped Medicaid from the COFA community. Once this legislation is enacted, tens of thousands of COFA families will finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief as they regain eligibility to and access Medicaid.

As the nation is reeling from this devastating winter wave of the COVID pandemic, we urge Congress to continue to lead in a bipartisan fashion and act aggressively to ensure that all Americans have access to healthcare, including equitable access to the vaccine, especially when so many millions of our neighbors still lack access to any care.”

- Juliet K. Choi, CEO of APIAHF

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Medicaid access is restored for COFA communities!Our CEO Juliet K. Choi sums this up best as “a shining moment” It means...
12/21/2020
‘A shining moment’: Congress agrees to restore Medicaid for Pacific Islanders

Medicaid access is restored for COFA communities!

Our CEO Juliet K. Choi sums this up best as “a shining moment” It means so much to us that after 25 years, the legislative error that stripped Medicaid from the #COFA community, is finally corrected.

via POLITICO

After fleeing their homeland scarred by U.S. nuclear tests, Marshall Islanders finally get the health care that was promised them.

We are proud to introduce Romeo DeVera, MSN, RN, CPAN as @CDC_Firstline Prevention & Control Champion from the Philippin...
12/18/2020

We are proud to introduce Romeo DeVera, MSN, RN, CPAN as @CDC_Firstline Prevention & Control Champion from the Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation #WeAreFirstline

APIAHF CEO Juliet K. Choi was quoted in NBC Asian America on the importance of disaggregated data for Asian American pat...
12/18/2020
South Asian, Chinese New Yorkers among the hardest hit by Covid, study shows

APIAHF CEO Juliet K. Choi was quoted in NBC Asian America on the importance of disaggregated data for Asian American patients, especially as the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community represents over 50 different countries and over 100 different languages.

The research shows the importance of disaggregating data for Asian American patients — and the need to do more, advocates say.

APIAHF's CEO, Juliet K. Choi was quoted in Dan Diamond's POLITICO article on how COVID-19 has impacted COFA communities....
12/18/2020
Irradiated, Cheated and Now Infected: America’s Marshall Islanders Confront a Covid-19 Disaster

APIAHF's CEO, Juliet K. Choi was quoted in Dan Diamond's POLITICO article on how COVID-19 has impacted COFA communities.

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But after two decades of fighting—and losing—the effort to restore Medicaid access, those advocates like Juliet Choi, the CEO of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Health Forum, are expressing a new emotion: cautious optimism.

"2020 was a watershed moment," Choi says, noting that a coronavirus relief package that passed the House in May, the HEROES Act, contained legislation to reinstate the islanders' Medicaid access. That's the first time the House advanced such a bill in more than 20 attempts—a historic breakthrough in a difficult election year, Choi hastens to add."

"Given the political divide in Washington, the COFA bill in the House was a shining example of bipartisanship to do the right thing."

"I'm just begging for our political leaders to have the political will to allocate resources—even translated materials—as our country is bracing for the next bad wave of Covid this winter," Choi says. "But the fact that we have political leaders willing to advocate to restore Medicaid, that's a really good thing."

The United States used their homeland for nuclear test-bombing, then denied them Medicaid. Now, their way of life in the U.S. heartland has left them prime prey for the pandemic.

CDC's Project Firstline just published a new Inside Infection Control video. Tune in to learn what respiratory droplets ...
12/17/2020

CDC's Project Firstline just published a new Inside Infection Control video. Tune in to learn what respiratory droplets are, and how they spread the virus that causes COVID- 19. When you know how a virus spreads, you can take action to stop it. Together, we have the power to stop infections. http://ow.ly/vmJq50COB9d

CDC's Project Firstline
12/17/2020

CDC's Project Firstline

We’re back again for another Ask Project Firstline with Dr. Abby!

Q: In yesterday’s video, you described the structure of the virus SARS-CoV-2 and talked about the special layer on the outside that cleaning your hands will destroy. Can you explain this?

A: Sure! The virus SARS-CoV-2 has an envelope on the outside. It’s made of fats and proteins and helps the virus spread from one person to another. Hand hygiene--using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer -- destroys that fatty layer and makes it impossible for the virus to continue spreading.

12/17/2020
CDC's Project Firstline

CDC's Project Firstline

Episode 4 of Inside Infection Control is all about respiratory droplets. Dr. Abby will talk about what these droplets are, and how they spread SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Respiratory droplets are the main way SARS-CoV-2 spreads, and when you know how a virus spreads you know how to stop it- so this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

Happening soon! Tune in to our webinar on Patient Assistance Programs on Thursday, December 17 at 11AM PST/ 2PM EST. Pan...
12/17/2020

Happening soon! Tune in to our webinar on Patient Assistance Programs on Thursday, December 17 at 11AM PST/ 2PM EST.

Panelists:
Amarilis Coombs, Pfizer
Hannah Mooney Mack, PhRMA

Register now at: http://ow.ly/eGbX50COnwR

12/15/2020

Now live! New video from CDC's Project Firstline covers what viruses are, how viruses like SARS-CoV-2 spread, and why this information matters for infection control. Tune in to learn more. After you watch, pass the video along to a fellow healthcare worker.
http://ow.ly/EVh350CMj3R

CDC's Project Firstline newest video has been posted. Hear Dr. Abby explain what a virus is and discuss applying infecti...
12/15/2020

CDC's Project Firstline newest video has been posted. Hear Dr. Abby explain what a virus is and discuss applying infection control!

Tomorrow, Dr. Abby is back with a new episode of Inside Infection Control about what a virus is. Knowing this information can help you understand and feel confident in applying infection control.

Tell us: can you name the 3 main parts of a virus?

Choice 1: Yes! I know 3/3
Choice 2: I know some, but not all
Choice 3: No, but I’m ready to learn more!

Let us know in the comments.

12/15/2020
CDC's Project Firstline

Sars-Cov-2? Covid-19? What's the Difference? Watch CDC's Project Firstline Facebook video http://ow.ly/LJ6C50CMgFU Dr. Abby explains what a virus is; knowing this information can help you feel more self-assured in applying prevention control.

Ever get confused about the relationship between SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, or want help explaining the difference to others? Project Firstline’s Dr. Abby Carlson is back to clear up the confusion in the newest Inside Infection Control video. Being comfortable with these terms can help you feel more confident understanding and applying infection control actions.

APIAHF is looking to fill our I would do VP of Policy and Advocacy position! For more information on the job, go to http...
12/15/2020

APIAHF is looking to fill our I would do VP of Policy and Advocacy position! For more information on the job, go to http://ow.ly/RIyj50CM5sC Please send a cover letter, references and resume to [email protected], with the subject line “VP Policy & Advocacy”.

12/15/2020

Today is the deadline for ACA Open Enrollment in most states! Make sure that you and your loved ones are covered in 2021. We can’t stress enough the importance of enrolling now! Visit healthcare.gov to sign up now.

For more resources check out our website athttps://bit.ly/APIAHF_ACAOpenEnrollment

For resources specific to state marketplaces visit APIAHF.org/ACAenrollment

#GetCovered

Tomorrow is your last day to shop and enroll for health coverage. If you haven’t enrolled yet, now is the time to make s...
12/14/2020

Tomorrow is your last day to shop and enroll for health coverage. If you haven’t enrolled yet, now is the time to make sure you and those you care about get covered in 2021. Visit to healthcare.gov to sign up now. For more resources check out our website at https://bit.ly/APIAHF_ACAOpenEnrollment. or resources specific to state marketplaces visit APIAHF.org/ACAenrollment. #GetCovered

TOMORROW: Join us for our webinar on the Involvement & Safety of Participation in Clinical Trials happening on Dec 15 at...
12/14/2020

TOMORROW:

Join us for our webinar on the Involvement & Safety of Participation in Clinical Trials happening on Dec 15 at 11AM PST/ 2PM EST. #COVID19

Panelists:
Lorena Kuri, Bristol Myers Squibb
Cassandra Smith, Johnson & Johnson
Sandra Amaro, Pfizer

Register here: bit.ly/APIAHF_ClinicalTrialsWebinar

This webinar is in partnership with the national AA NHPI COVID-19 Health Response Partnership: NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health Papa Ola Lokahi APAPA HQ - Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs CACF: Coalition for Asian American Children & Families Pacific Islander Center of Primary Care Excellence National Council of Asian Pacific Americans - NCAPA Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation (PNAAF)

We are proud to introduce Dr. Shantha McKinlay as a CDC's Project Firstline Infection Prevention & Control Champion from...
12/12/2020

We are proud to introduce Dr. Shantha McKinlay as a CDC's Project Firstline Infection Prevention & Control Champion from Papa Ola Lokahi!
#WeAreFirstline

5 more days left until the end of Open Enrollment. Make sure you and your loved ones have the health coverage you deserv...
12/11/2020

5 more days left until the end of Open Enrollment. Make sure you and your loved ones have the health coverage you deserve. Go to http://ow.ly/znvp50CHkFp now and find your health plan; you may qualify for assistance to lower health care costs. For more resources check out our website at http://ow.ly/uQV150CHkFr. For resources specific to state marketplaces go to http://ow.ly/fyCW50CHkFs #GetCovered

12/09/2020

Six more days until ACA Open Enrollment closes. There is no time to waste! Go to healthcare.gov to sign up for a health plan. For more resources check out our website at https://bit.ly/APIAHF_ACAOpenEnrollment For resources specific to state marketplaces go to APIAHF.org/ACAenrollment. #GetCovered

12/08/2020
CDC's Project Firstline

What’s the goal of infection control? In the first episode of CDC's Project Firstline new Inside Infection Control video series, Dr. Abby Carlson breaks down why infection control matters, and how it can protect healthcare workers, their patients, and their communities. Watch the first episode here:
http://ow.ly/vanh50CFVQ2
#WeAreFirstline

Welcome to Inside Infection Control! In our first episode, meet CDC’s Dr. Abby Carlson, who will describe the goal of infection control. Share this video with your fellow frontline healthcare workers!

12/08/2020

7 more days left to enroll for health insurance; the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hasn't gone anywhere! Get a health plan you can trust at http://ow.ly/Nu8r50CFbXk. Open Enrollment ends Dec 15. #GetCovered

For more resources check out our website at http://ow.ly/Js0150CFbXh.

For resources specific to state marketplaces, go to APIAHF.org/ACAenrollment. #GetCovered

12/08/2020

Want to learn more about infection control while you scroll? Today, CDC’S Project Firstline launches Inside Infection Control, a new video series featuring content every frontline healthcare worker should know. Videos are hosted by Dr. Abby Carlson, an infectious diseases doctor with experience on the frontlines of COVID-19 and a Project Firstline staffer. Follow CDC's Project Firstline on Facebook to make sure you never miss an episode.
#WeAreFirstline

Join us for our webinar on the Involvement & Safety of Participation in Clinical Trials happening on Dec 15 at 11AM PST/...
12/07/2020

Join us for our webinar on the Involvement & Safety of Participation in Clinical Trials happening on Dec 15 at 11AM PST/ 2PM EST. #COVID19

Panelists:
Lorena Kuri, Bristol Myers Squibb
Cassandra Smith, Johnson & Johnson
Sandra Amaro, Pfizer

Register here: bit.ly/APIAHF_ClinicalTrialsWebinar

This webinar is in partnership with the national AA NHPI COVID-19 Health Response Partnership: NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health Papa Ola Lokahi APAPA HQ - Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs CACF: Coalition for Asian American Children & Families Pacific Islander Center of Primary Care Excellence National Council of Asian Pacific Americans - NCAPA Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation (PNAAF)

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Bipartisan Bill will Restore Medicaid Coverage for COFA Citizens October 23,2019 WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Representatives Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Steve Womack (R-AR), Ed Case (D-HI) and Gregorio Sablan (D-MP) introduced the Covering Our FAS Allies Act (COFA Act), a bill to reinstate Medicaid eligibility for the more than 61,000 citizens of the Freely Associated States living in the United States and its territories under the Compacts of Free Association (COFA). “COFA communities have contributed to our nation’s security, pay taxes and play a role in driving our economy, but they are not eligible for many of the programs that their tax dollars support,” said Kathy Ko Chin, president and CEO of APIAHF. “We thank Representatives Cárdenas, Radewagen, Gabbard, Womack, Case and Sablan for correcting a nearly 25-year error, by working to restore Medicaid eligibility to COFA individuals. We hope that the bill will continue to receive bipartisan support and will be passed in the House and Senate.” The Compacts of Free Association, since 1986, have defined the relationship between the United States and the independent governments of the Freely Associated States (FAS) including the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. In return for the exclusive use and military strategic positioning in those countries, the United States entered into a treaty agreement to provide care for individuals from the Freely Associated States (commonly called COFA communities), along with the right for them to freely enter, live and work in the United States. In 1996, Congress inadvertently excluded COFA individuals from the list of legally present non-citizens eligible to qualify for certain federal benefits. Since then, COFA individuals have been excluded from qualifying for Medicaid. The denial of Medicaid has led to poor health consequences for COFA communities, many of whom suffer from serious chronic conditions and health disparities, including effects from exposure to nuclear weapons testing conducted by the United States in FAS nations. In the absence of federal support, states with large and emerging COFA populations have shouldered the costs of providing care. This legislation is the companion namesake to Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Brian Schatz’s (D-Hawaii) bill, S. 2218, which was introduced in July.
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