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WHIAAPI Weekly Highlights

Learn about upcoming WHIAAPI events next week, including a plenary session on “Healthcare and the AAPI Community” in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a webinar on innovation and economic growth. See an announcement regarding free translated publications and a health hazard alert on formaldehyde exposure.

Welcome to this edition of the WHIAAPI Weekly Highlights. Read below for details on the coming week, including a Minnesota panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act and AAPI communities and a webinar on innovation and economic growth. See also an announcement regarding free translated publications and a health hazard alert on formaldehyde exposure.

Events for the Week of April 18:

On, April 18, WHAAPII Deputy Director Christina Lagdameo will speak at the Korean Churches for Community Development Conference and 10th Anniversary Dinner in Los Angeles, California.  This national conference brings together policy makers, elected officials, corporations, Asian American pastors, media, community leaders and others devoted to community development. Visit for more information.

On April 19, President’s Advisory Commissioner Debra Cabrera will deliver remarks at the Second Regional Conference on Island Sustainability at the University of Guam themed “Guam 2050 - Developing our Sustainable Future: What is the Cost of Doing Nothing?”  The conference will focus on sustainability issues and indigenous solutions. Visit for more information.

Join a webinar onApril 19 at 2:00pm ET, i6 Green: Bringing Technology to Market, designed to encourage and reward innovative approaches to accelerating technology commercialization, new venture formation, job creation, and economic growth. Register at: and visit for upcoming webinar announcements. i6 Green is led by the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, in partnership with the Departments of Agriculture and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and Patent and Trademark Office.

On April 21, WHIAAPI will host a meeting between the project directors for 10 Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) and Department of Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter.  AANAPISI speakers will make recommendations to the Department of Education on how to increase the effectiveness of the AANAPISI program.  Following this meeting, these institutions will meet with various agency representatives to discuss partnership opportunities for minority serving institutions.

On April 22, WHIAAPI will host a luncheon plenary session at the 15th Annual National Hmong Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The session will feature a Federal interagency panel discussion on implementation of the agency plans as they relate to the Hmong American community. Visit for more information.

On April 23, WHIAAPI will co-host a plenary session entitled, “Healthcare and the AAPI Community” in conjunction with the 15th Annual National Hmong Conference in Minneapolis, MN. One in six Asian Americans, and one in four Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are either uninsured or underinsured.  The Affordable Care Act expands affordable coverage to as many as 2.5 million AAPIs who will become eligible for new insurance coverage options because of the law. 

Other Important Announcements

FREE Publications on Health and Government Benefits in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese: Now is your chance to share valuable information about health and government benefits with your community. These educational publications are available in Chinese, Tagalog, Korean and Vietnamese. The health package includes three booklets on cholesterol, high blood pressure and lung cancer. The government benefits package includes two booklets on Social Security. These publications are available FREE in bulk for you to share with people who want to receive information in these languages.

To order these packages, go online to and fill out the online order form. Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Order yours today and allow up to six weeks for delivery. This offer is provided by the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Citizen Information Center in partnership with WHIAAPI, the Social Security Administration and U.S. Food and Drug Administrations’ Office of Women’s Health.

Hazard Alert: The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a hazard alert to hair salon owners and workers about potential formaldehyde exposure from working with some hair smoothing and straightening products.  The hazard alert, available on OSHA’s website at, provides information about OSHA’s investigations, the health hazards of formaldehyde and how to protect people who are working with hair smoothing and straightening products.

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