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Aug 13th
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Written by Gautam Raghavan   
Friday, 13 September 2013 17:28

In this update, here are some of the ways in which President Obama and his Administration continue to address the interests, concerns, and needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

To learn more about the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Initiative on AAPIs, visit and encourage your friends and colleagues to sign up for updates!

By Gautam Raghavan
Office of Public Engagement
The White House

Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett Meets with AAPI Leaders in Seattle

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

Last week, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett met with a small group of AAPI leaders at the International Community Health Services Clinic (ICHS) in Seattle. Prior to the meeting, Teresita Batayola, CEO of ICHS, gave Ms. Jarrett a tour of the facilities and highlighted the organization’s work in providing high quality and culturally sensitive health care to underserved AAPIs and other members of the local community.

The roundtable discussion was facilitated by Hyeok Kim, a Member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs. The conversation focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the importance of passing immigration reform, and supporting small business. 

Read more about the roundtable in Hyeok’s blog post.

White House Releases Fact Sheet on AAPIs and Immigration

As part of the White House's commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the White House released a series of fact sheets on one of the civil rights issues of our time: immigration reform.

These fact sheets not only highlight the moral case for immigration reform, they also underscore the economic benefit of immigration to growing our economy that ensures that everyone benefits. 

Check out a fact sheet on the benefits of commonsense immigration reform for Asian American immigrant and refugee communities

Google+ Hangout on the Affordable Care Act - 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 (photo courtesy of the White House Initiative on AAPIs)

Recently, the White House Initiative on AAPIs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services teamed up to host a Korean-language Google+ Hangout to raise awareness of the Affordable Care Act and inform the Korean American community about the Health Insurance Marketplaces

View archived video footage of the Hangout.

Remember: the Initiative will also be hosting Google+ Hangouts in Chinese and Vietnamese. Stay tuned by visiting

Connecting AAPI Communities in Chicago and New York with Federal Resources

Recently, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders organized Regional Interagency Working Groups (RIWG) for AAPI communities in Chicago and New York. These RIWGs work regionally to provide and facilitate the sharing of federal information and resources with local communities. 

In New York, over 150 participants from New York and New Jersey came together to engage in a dialogue with regional senior officials and participate in workshops focused on workers’ rights, small businesses, health and social services and housing. 

In Chicago, over 50 community members participated in a forum hosted by Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, and had the chance to discuss 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.

To find out more information about upcoming events in your area, sign up to receive the Initiative’s weekly highlights.

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