Health Advocacy Initiative Mission:

The Health Advocacy Initiative is National APAMSA’s effort to educate, equip, and empower APAMSA members to be advocates for, and leaders of policy and systems changes that improve the health of Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities at national, state, and local levels.  Our goal is to provide chapters with the resources, opportunities, and networks to be able to translate social ideals into political action.

Specifically for 2014-2015, we hope to:
1. Provide basic health advocacy education to all APAMSA members
2. Keep APAMSA updated in current health advocacy efforts through APAMSA’s Website, National Newsletter, and Facebook Page
3. Coordinate national advocacy campaigns and legislation change to address critical or stigmatized A&PI health issues
4. Educate APAMSA members about how they can integrate health advocacy work on A&PI issues as part of their future career
5. Mobilize interested members in a National Health Advocacy Committee to further expand APAMSA’s Health Advocacy Initiative
From the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)

International and Foreign Language Education: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program
The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health: Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities Initiative (PICCI)
The purpose of the Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities Initiative (PICCI) is to identify and assist minority populations, to educate them about the Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) and to assist them with enrollment, completion of the application to determine their eligibility and purchase of health insurance offered through the Marketplace. Activities will include: Utilizing coalitions and partnerships to maximize outreach and education of the underserved population(s) as well as developing and providing comprehensive information and education sessions to consumers relative to the Marketplace. This program ends August 31, 2016. Learn more.

National Institutes of Health: Commits $1M For Big Data Educational Grants
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced this week that it is seeking applications for new educational grants to fund curriculum design projects and research experiences that will teach the use of “big data” research in the biomedical sciences. NIH intends to commit $1 million in the fiscal year 2015 to fund approximately five awards of up to $200,000 in direct costs each year. The project period may not exceed five years. Applications are open to public, state controlled, and private institutions of higher learning. In addition, applicant institutions must be domestic baccalaureate-granting colleges or universities that receive less than $7.5 million of NIH research project grant funding annually and must have an award-eligible pool of undergraduate students, at least 25 percent of whom are supported by Pell grants. The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program strongly encourages applications from: Hispanic-serving institutions; historically Black colleges and universities; tribally controlled colleges and universities; Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions; and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander serving institutions. Applications are open February 19, 2015 and are due March 19, 2015, by 5:00 pm ET. Learn more.

Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention: Youth Violence Prevention Coordinated Technical Assistance Program
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recognizes that preventing and ameliorating youth violence requires a shared framework to address the factors that impact violence and victimization at the individual, peer, family, community, and societal levels and promote child and youth well-being. Jurisdictions that work to address these issues benefit from strategic, coordinated training and technical assistance (TTA) and participation in learning communities to help them reach their short- and long-term goals. To facilitate progress, better support youth violence prevention, and promote well-being in localities nationwide, OJJDP invites proposals to broker, coordinate, and provide relevant TTA to the 39 jurisdictions that OJJDP is funding through its three signature youth violence prevention initiatives—the Defending Childhood, National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, and Community-Based Violence Prevention initiatives. Learn more.

White House Summit on AAPIs on May 12, 2015
WHIAAPI is pleased to invite you to the White House Summit on AAPIs on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Washington, DC. The Summit will feature engaging panels, workshops, and armchair dialogues with senior Administration officials, AAPI celebrities, and well-known community leaders, plus performances by distinguished AAPI artists. The Summit will inspire participants to continue to build upon the legacy, strength, and influence of the AAPI community, especially in the final years of the Obama Administration. The Summit is part of a series of events on May 11-15 during AAPI Heritage Month in Washington, DC, and provides a unique forum to actively engage with hundreds of AAPI leaders from across the nation.  Previous AAPI Heritage Month speakers have included President Obama at the 2013 White House Celebration and Vice President Biden at the 2014 Opening Ceremony.The White House Summit on AAPIs is open to the public and free of charge. Stay tuned for details on the program in the coming months, but please visit our Summit webpage and subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive updates. For questions, please email

Please click the links below to browse through the different sections of our Health Advocacy Initiative:

Health Advocacy Fundamentals

Recent Advocacy Efforts

2013-2014 Health Advocacy Committee

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