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  • Learn About the Health Insurance Marketplace in Vietnamese

    I’m excited to announce that we will be continuing our Google+ Hangout Series on the Health Insurance Marketplace, with the next session to be held in Vietnamese.  Having come to the United States as a refugee from Vietnam and now providing medical care and conducting research on Asian American health, I know that the Vietnamese community faces challenges in accessing quality health care. One in five Vietnamese Americans lacks health insurance coverage. Vietnamese Americans are also among the highest limited English proficient populations in the nation. Over half, or 53 percent, of all Vietnamese Americans report speaking English less than very well. So, access to information on health care in Vietnamese is critical to increasing health insurance coverage and access to health care among Vietnamese Americans. 

    During the Hangout, there will be a live question and answer period with Vietnamese-speaking representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They will respond to your questions and provide information on how to obtain health care coverage through the new Marketplace.

    The Vietnamese in-language Hangout will take place on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM (EST). We hope you will join us by watching live at a local viewing party or online by joining our Google+ Hangout.  You may also submit your questions in advance by emailing whitehouseaapi@ed.gov or tweeting them to @WhiteHouseAAPI. More information about the in-language Hangouts can be found on the WHIAAPI website, and more information about the Affordable Care Act can be found at HealthCare.gov.

    We hope you will join the conversation – in Vietnamese!  Our goal is to bring greater awareness of health care to the AAPI population, so that all people can achieve their full potential for health.

    Dr. Tung Thanh Nguyen is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Dr. Nguyen is also Professor of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. 

    Tìm Hiểu Về Thị Trường Bảo Hiểm Sức Khoẻ bằng Tiếng Việt 

    Bởi Bác Sĩ Nguyễn Thanh Tùng

    Tôi rất phấn khởi khi tuyên bố là chúng tôi sẽ tiếp tục các đợt Google+ Hangout về Thị Trường Bảo Hiểm Sức Khoẻ, với buổi trình bày kế tiếp sẽ được nói bằng Tiếng Việt.  Sau khi đến Hoa Kỳ với tư cách là người Việt tị nạn và  hiện đang cung cấp dịch vụ chăm sóc y tế và nghiên cứu sức khoẻ của người Mỹ gốc Á Châu, tôi biết rằng cộng đồng Việt Nam hiện đang đương đầu với những khó khăn trong việc tiếp cận sự chăm sóc sức khoẻ có phẩm chất . Một trong năm người Mỹ gốc Việt  không có bảo hiểm sức khoẻ. Người Mỹ gốc Việt cũng thuộc thành phần các sắc dân có trình độ tiếng Anh giới hạn trên toàn quốc. Trên phân nửa, hoặc 53%, người Mỹ gốc Việt cho biết là họ nói Tiếng Anh không khá . Vì thế, việc thu thập tin tức về chăm sóc sức khoẻ bằng Tiếng Việt là điều trọng yếu để gia tăng số người Mỹ gốc Việt có bảo hiểm sức khoẻ và được sự chăm sóc sức khoẻ. 

    Trong  chương trình Hangout, sẽ có phần hỏi và đáp trực tiếp với các đại diện nói bang tiếng Việt từ Bộ Y Tế và Dịch Vụ Nhân Sinh Hoa Kỳ. Họ sẽ trả lời thắc mắc của quý vị và cung cấp tin tức về cách để có được bảo hiểm sức khoẻ qua Thị Trường mới.

    Buổi Hangout bằng Tiếng Việt sẽ diễn ra vào Thứ Tư, Ngày 6 Tháng Mười Mot, 2013 từ 3:00 - 4:00 CHIỀU (GIỜ MIỀN ĐÔNG- EST). Chúng tôi hy vọng quý vị sẽ tham gia bằng cách gia nhập Google+ Hangout cùng với chúng tôi để xem phần trình bày trực tiếp được tổ chức tập thể ở địa phương hoặc trên mạng.  Quý vị cũng có thể gởi trước các câu hỏi của mình qua email tại mailto:whitehouseaapi@ed.gov hoặc gởi qua Twitter đến @WhiteHouseAAPI. Để biết thêm tin tức về các Hangout bằng ngôn ngữ bản xứ quý vị có thể vào trang mạng WHIAAPI, và có thêm thông tin về Đạo Luật Chăm Sóc Sức Khỏe Với Lệ Phí Thấp ở HealthCare.gov.

    Chúng tôi hy vọng quý vị sẽ tham gia cuộc đối thoại – bằng Tiếng Việt!  Mục tiêu của chúng tôi là đem lại cho các sắc dân AAPI ý thức cao hơn về việc chăm sóc sức khoẻ , để tất cả mọi người có thể đạt được hết tiềm năng sức khoẻ của họ .

    Bác Sĩ  Nguyễn Thanh Tùng là một thành viên trong Uỷ Ban Cố Vấn của Tổng Thống về người Mỹ gốc Á Châu và Đảo Thái Bình Dương. Bác Sĩ Nguyễn cũng là Giáo Sư Y Khoa tại Trường Đại Học California ở San Francisco. 

  • Prioritizing Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Engagement in the Pacific

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaks with participants at an event in the Marshall Islands

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaks with participants at an event in the Marshall Islands. (by Louis Shelden)

    This past week I had the distinct privilege to engage with Native Hawaiian leaders in Hawaii.  In partnership with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, we met with a diverse group of leaders and public officials on a range of issues impacting Native Hawaiians, including education, health, preservation of cultural and native historic sites, fish and wildlife, Hawaiian homelands, and federal recognition.

    On Wednesday, September 4, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell delivered the keynote address at the 12th annual Council on Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) Convention in Honolulu, HI – one of the largest gatherings focused on Native Hawaiian issues.  She received a special welcome – fourteen leis that represented each decade the Department of Interior has worked with the Native Hawaiian community, and the 40 years since an U.S. Interior Secretary has met with Native Hawaiians.  In her remarks, the Secretary underscored the importance of Native Hawaiian issues within the Department of the Interior, and the Department’s special oversight role under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

    The Secretary highlighted the Department’s commitment to consulting with and strengthening its relationship with Native Hawaiians.  Finally, Secretary Jewell reiterated the President’s support for congressional efforts to establish federal recognition for Native Hawaiians.

    Our two days of activities in Hawaii ended with a traditional luau in Papakolea, a Native Hawaiian Homestead, organized by the Papakolea Community Association. Homesteaders from around the islands traveled to Oahu to meet with the Secretary, share their culture, and discuss issues important to Native Hawaiians.

    In the same week, Secretary Jewell led a U.S. government delegation to a dialogue hosted by the Pacific Islands in Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The dialogue was held to highlight and build upon our historic relations with the peoples and nations of the Pacific.  The delegation consisted of senior officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, Departments of State, Defense (United States Pacific Command), Interior, Energy, Health and Human Services, USAID and the White House.

    Secretary Jewell’s participation in the Dialogue and meetings with Pacific leaders addressed a range of issues with Pacific Island nations, including global climate change and natural resource management, sustainable development, economic growth and security.  During her remarks, Jewell unveiled a $24 million Pacific Climate Fund to help small island-nations prepare for the impacts of climate change.

    Our trip to the Pacific marked an important milestone in the Interior Department’s commitment to Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and our obligation to all our citizens.

    Rhea Suh is the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget, at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  • Building Coalitions to Promote a Healthier Seattle AAPI Community

    Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett meets with AAPI community leaders at the International Community Health Services Clinic in Seattle, WA

    Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett meets with AAPI community leaders at the International Community Health Services Clinic in Seattle, WA September 4, 2013. (by ICHS)

    As a Member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), I have the privilege to work on connecting the country’s AAPI communities with their Federal government. Yesterday, I was honored to facilitate a roundtable conversation with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, and a small group of AAPI health, business, and civic leaders from around the Seattle area.

    The roundtable was hosted at the International Community Health Services (ICHS) International District medical and dental clinic.  We began with a tour of the facility hosted by Teresita Batayola, CEO of ICHS, and senior members of her staff.   The ICHS team highlighted for Ms. Jarrett the wonderful work being done from their facility to provide access to high quality and culturally sensitive health care, to address the challenges facing many in Seattle’s AAPI community.

     Following the tour, there was a vibrant discussion on the need for culturally sensitive outreach services under the Affordable Care Act, the importance of disaggregating data for AAPI communities to address health disparities, ways to promote more venture capital investments in AAPI entrepreneurship, and the critical need for a balanced approach to comprehensive immigration reform that embraces family unification as well as the needs in high-tech or high-demand industries.

     As Ms. Jarrett noted at the close of the roundtable, all of these issues – from health care to community development to small business – are fundamentally interconnected, and our success depends on us all working together. With the continued support and collaboration of partners throughout the Northwest, of President Obama and his team across the federal government, and with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, I am optimistic about the future and the health of our AAPI community.

    Hyeok Kim is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Executive Director of InterIm Community Development Association, a Seattle-based nonprofit.

  • Learning about the Health Insurance Marketplace in Korean

    Learning about the Health Insurance Marketplace in Korean

    Jennifer Yoo, HHS’ Anne Avery, and FDA’s Hyun Son host a Google Hangout in Korean on the Health Insurance Marketplace September 27, 2013. (by Maria Pastrana Lujan)

    Jennifer Yoo, HHS’ Anne Avery, and FDA’s Hyun Son host a Google Hangout in Korean on the Health Insurance Marketplace on August 27, 2013 (Photo courtesy Maria Pastrana Lujan)

    On August 27, 2013, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders held a Google Hangout in Korean to discuss the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Viewers tuned in from around the country, and Korean American community groups gathered in California, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, New York, Virginia, and Washington to participate in the discussion.

    The Department of Health and Human Services’ Anne Avery and Hyun Son responded to a broad array of questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace, which will be open on October 1, including eligibility requirements, enrollment start dates, authorized navigators, and resources for in-language assistance. 

    Nearly 1 in 5 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) do not have health insurance. Two million AAPIs are projected to become insured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. For Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the law’s benefits will help reduce disparities in both health care and health outcomes through expanded insurance coverage and better access to high-quality health care services.

    The turnout at the Korean-language Google Hangout and the enthusiasm of the participants shows the importance of engaging with the AAPI limited English proficient community on the Affordable Care Act in the languages they speak. WHIAAPI plans to hold further Google Hangouts on the Health Insurance Marketplace in Chinese and Vietnamese in the near future.

    Maria Pastrana Lujan is an Advisor on Community Engagement at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

     

     

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  • Chicago Regional Interagency Working Group: Continuing the Dialogue with the AAPI Community

    Chicago Regional Interagency Working Group Members

    August 23, 2013. (by Doug Nguyen, Social Security Administration, Chicago Region, Regional Interagency Group Member)

    On Friday, August 23, 2013, the Regional Interagency Working Group (RIWG) of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hosted its second community forum in Illinois.  The event – which drew over 50 community members – was hosted by Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, the first Asian American elected to Congress from Illinois, and took place at Northern Illinois University in DuPage County, where Asian Americans represent more than 11% of the county’s population.  Representatives from the Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, Department of Labor, and General Services Administration participated in the event.

    Participants had the opportunity to hear from RIWG members about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses; the way in which the federal government is leveraging technology to meet the growing needs of the American public; the importance of safeguarding workers; and information on how to do business with the federal government.  The RIWG members also provided resources for participants to access additional information about federal government programs. 

     The event is part of our ongoing conversations with the AAPI community in the Chicago region.  The RIWG’s mission is to provide information about the various federal government resources available to the AAPI community and to hear about specific community concerns and issues.  Sign up to receive the Initiative’s weekly highlights for more information on upcoming events in your area. 

    Ann Kalayil is the Regional Administrator of the Great Lakes Region at the U.S. General Services Administration and a Regional Interagency Working Group Member.

          

     

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  • Today: Learn About the Health Insurance Marketplace in Korean

    Our Korean in-language Hangout will take place today, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM (EST). We hope you will join the conversation – in Korean! Our goal is to bring greater awareness of health care to the AAPI population, so that all people achieve their full potential for health. Join our Google hangout here.

    Maria Pastrana Lujan is an Outreach Advisor at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

    오늘: 한국어로 안내되는 새의료보험 가입및 중요한 정보에 대해 알아보세요 (Korean Translation)

    한국어로 진행되는 행아웃은 오늘 2013년 8월 27일 화요일 동부표준시로 오후 3시~4시에 열릴 예정입니다. 한국어로 진행되는 본 행사에 많은 분들이 참석하시기를 기대하겠습니다! 이행사의 목표는 아-태 인들에게 의료보헙에 대한 경각심을 보다 더 일깨우는 데 있습니다. 그렇게 되면 모든 사람들이 최대한 건강을 누릴 수 있을 것입니다. 구글 행아웃에 같이 참여해주시고 트위터에 질문해주세요. 감사합니다.

    Maria Pastrana Lujan은 아시아 태평양계 미국인을 위한 백악관 행정명령의 (WHIAAPI) 아웃리치 담당 고문 입니다.