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WHIAAPI Weekly Highlights

Learn about the exciting things the WHIAAPI has been working on this week and highlights for the upcoming week, including the President’s Conference on Bullying Prevention, AAPI health leaders meeting with HHS Secretary Sebelius, the Commission and Interagency Working Group meetings, and a host of exciting details about events happening across the country, including the announcement that our very own, Kiran Ahuja, has joined Twitter @KiranAhujaAAPI !

Welcome to this week’s edition of the WHIAAPI Weekly Highlights.  This week, the President and First Lady made addressing bullying their top priority, and AAPI community leaders met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about critical AAPI health issues.  Next week is action-packed for the WHIAAPI, with the President’s Advisory Commission and the Interagency Working Group on AAPIs converging in Washington, D.C.  Read below for more details on these exciting events.

On March 10, the President and First Lady called for a united effort to address bullying at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.  Approximately 150 students, parents, teachers, non-profit leaders, advocates, and policymakers came together to discuss how they can work together to make our schools and communities safe for all students.  The conference encouraged schools, communities, and the private sector to join together to combat bullying.  The White House also highlighted private, non-profit, and federal commitments to bullying prevention.

On March 9, Chair Daphne Kwok and Commissioner Doua Thor, along with over 20 AAPI health organizations met with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Howard Koh and Deputy Assistant for Minority Health Dr. Garth Graham.  HHS leadership dialogued with community health leaders on the draft of the agency plan and AAPI community recommendations on the standardization of data, culturally and linguistically appropriate services, prevention and disparities in chronic diseases, and the Affordable Care Act, among other issues.

Next week, on March 14 and 15, the President’s Advisory Commission and the Interagency Working Group on AAPIs will converge in Washington, D.C. to discuss implementation of agency plans to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through increased participation in Federal programs in which they may be underserved.  If you haven’t yet, please comment on the agency plans.  This is your opportunity to influence and shape policy in a meaningful way, and we want you to check them out and tell us what you think!  Comments are due on March 31, 2011.

During the meeting, Census Director Robert Groves will present the latest Census data on AAPIs, and attendees will discuss innovative strategies to invest in the AAPI community.  Following the joint meeting, the Commission will meet representatives from 23 federal agencies to create a one-year work plan that will result in measurable progress for AAPIs.

In case you missed it, please read Amanda Baran’s blog Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day.

And finally, Kiran Ahuja has joined Twitter! Follow her: @KiranAhujaAAPI.

Upcoming Event:

Join Commissioners Hines Ward, Sefa Aina, Kamuela Enos and other celebrities and community leaders in Los Angeles, CA on April 2 for the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health and Fitness Day!  Check out our Facebook event page for details on the program.

If you have friends or family that would like to join our efforts, please have them click here.