Documentary: Not Your Model Minority
Premiers November 16 at 3:00 PM ET

Day 1

Nov. 16, 2021

2:00 - 2:15 PM ET

Opening Remarks

  • Juliet K. Choi, President & CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

  • Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, President & CEO, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

2:15 - 3:00 PM ET

Podcast: The Hot Pot with The Princess and The DJ

The Hot Pot with Princess and the DJ is a monthly, video podcast premiering on Facebook Live and YouTube. This show is a space for us to have important conversations, share knowledge, experiences, and insights while honoring the unique identities that make up AA NH/PI communities. We recognize that each culture is unique. Each community is unique. For our inaugural episode, we spotlight Filipinx community leaders in honor of FAHM in October. Our show title is a nod to the diversity of not only AA NH/PI communities but the American experience. The Hot Pot is a spin on the outdated melting pot analogy, as cultural homogeneity and assimilation should not be the end product of our communities’ identities.


  • Tracy Sun, Community Engagement Manager, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and Co-Host of The Princess & The DJ Podcast

  • Princess Mae Visconde, Community Engagement Manager, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and Co-Host of The Princess & The DJ Podcast

Special Guests:

  • Nancy Hoff, President, Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation (PNAAF)

  • Sammie Ablaza Wills, Outgoing Executive Director, APIENC

3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

Documentary: Not Your Model Minority

Not Your Model Minority, the most recent thought-provoking documentary from award winning filmmaker Jon Osaki, explores the origins of the stereotype and the intersections with past and present anti-Asian violence. The film reveals that many ways that the model minority myth has been used to create a wedge between communities of color and perpetuate divisive narratives. Not Your Model Minority also examines opportunities to build power and make progress toward addressing systemic racism in America. Following the documentary, Osaki and panelists will further discuss the essential role AA NH/PIs have in lifting up all communities of color and advancing equity for all Americans.


  • Michael Ishii, Community Organizer, Tsuru For Solidarity

  • Jon Osaki, Award-Winning Filmmaker

  • Ellen D. Wu, Associate Professor of History, Indiana University Bloomington

  • Moderator: Heaven Chee, Associate, Yetter Coleman LLP

4:30 - 5:30 PM ET

Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Community-Based Organizations and Health Clinics

During this session, APIAHF will present preliminary findings from key informant interviews with community stakeholders regarding social determinants of health (SDoH) and how they are being addressed in AA NH/PI populations. We will also hear from Duncan Hwang on the work APANO is doing in this space.


  • Maria Fernanda Gutierrez, Program Manager, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

  • Duncan Hwang, Interim Co-Director, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)

  • Tracy Sun, Community Engagement Manager, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and Co-Host of The Princess & The DJ Podcast

  • Moderator: Jamila Shipp, Managing Director C4H, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

5:30 - 6:30 PM ET

Health Equity Outlook 2022

With the change in administration, 2021 has brought the winds of change to the health policy arena. Over the past year, momentum has been building for the introduction of various legislation that aim to improve health equity through greater access to health care, including for immigrants. However, longstanding challenges to health equity remain, such as the ongoing fight for disaggregated data, especially with regard to COVID-19 data and its impact on AA NH/PI communities. Hear from health policy advocates about lessons learned in the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris Administration and strategies for advancing policy initiatives for better health equity in 2022 and beyond.


  • Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)

  • Nisha Ramachandran, Executive Director, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)

  • Tavae Samuelu, Executive Director, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

  • Moderator: Azizah Ahmad, Policy Manager, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

6:30 - 7:30 PM ET

Building Sustainable NH/PI Communities After COVID-19

Amidst the disproportional impact of COVID-19 on NH/PI communities, NHPI leaders came together to form a Pacific Islander COVID Response network to meet the needs of NHPI communities. Hear from regional and national leaders from the response network and how they plan to build upon their experiences with COVID-19 to address longstanding health disparities in NH/PI communities.


  • Sheri Daniels, Executive Director, Papa Ola Lokahi

  • 'Alisi Tulua, Project Director, NHPI Data Policy Lab at UCLA Center for Health Policy Research 

  • Moderator: Princess Mae Visconde, Community Engagement Manager, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and Co-Host of The Princess & The DJ Podcast

Day 2

Nov. 17, 2021

2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Prioritizing Health and Wellness by Honoring Cultural Traditions: A Waimānalo Model

This presentation will describe efforts in the community of Waimānalo to grow the capacity and skillset of Native Hawaiian families by promoting ancestral knowledge of food production and integrating community voice and input. Participants will learn about the culturally-grounded programs of Ke Kula Nui O Waimānalo to engage and teach multigenerational families to grow their own food using various innovative methods including backyard aquaponics, agroforestry, limu (seaweed) restoration, and food preservation that draw on Pacific and Indigenous innovations. We will also share how we continuously gather community’s input and ensure ethical research practices through a community-academic partnership called the Waimānalo Pono Research Hui.


  • Jane Chung-Do, Associate Professor, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Co-Founders of the Waimānalo Pono Research Hui

  • LeShay Keliiholokai, Research Assistant, Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence

  • Ilima Ho Lastimosa, Co-Founders of the Waimānalo Pono Research Hui

  • Samantha Keaulana-Scott, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

The Call for Change: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Please join us for a dynamic program focused on a conversation on advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in corporate America—particularly in light of the social justice movement our nation has experienced over the last 2 years. Although not a new concept, market-driven factors and challenges have pushed DEI into the forefront. Our panelists will discuss DEI challenges and how they are making a difference internally and externally.


  • Niesha Foster, Vice President, Product Access, Global Health & Social Impact, Pfizer

  • Bill Imada, Founder, Chair and Chief Connectivity Officer, IW Group, Inc.

  • Linda Leonard, Senior Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Bristol Myers Squibb

  • Albert Shen, Public Sector Strategy Manager, Verizon

  • Moderator: Daphne Kwok, Vice President, AARP and Former Chair, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

4:00 - 5:00 PM ET

Misinformation and Challenges of COVID-19 in Our Communities: Perspectives From Elected Leaders

Misinformation and the lack of available in-language resources on COVID-19 created major obstacles for AA NH/PI communities. In this session, local officials will discuss the challenges and resources that they have found helpful to get information to their constituents about COVID-19, vaccination, and how they are preparing for flu season.


  • Stephanie Chang, Michigan State Senator

  • Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio, TX

  • Moderator: Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, President & CEO, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

5:00 - 6:00 PM ET

Ke Aloha Mau: Perpetuating the Benefits of Culturally Responsive Care

Founded in the principles of Native Hawaiian health and wellness, Ke Aloha Mau aims to perpetuate Hawaiʻi’s traditional health care system and demonstrates our shared commitment to culture through strategies that reflect our focus on the communities we serve. These novel value-added services introduce additional safety net benefits for Medicaid members in Hawai‘i by investing in culturally responsive care. This panel features local experts who have built shared opportunities through people-centered approaches.​


  • Sheri Daniels, Executive Director, Papa Ola Lokahi

  • Kealoha Fox, Native Hawaiian Liaison, AlohaCare

  • Kaiulani Odom, cultural practitioner and traditional healer, Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services

  • Moderator: Kamanaʻopono M. Crabbe, Counselor, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

6:00 - 6:30 PM ET

Podcast: When Does It End? A Discussion About Ending the HIV Epidemic in AA NH/PI Communities 

On this episode of When Does It End? Podcast we will focus on serving the HIV needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations across the United States. Chris, Tori, and Emerson will discuss the nuances of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander sexual health and its relation to various layered identities we inhabit outside of race: sex, gender, occupation. We’ll have experts share how having a stronger understanding of our AA NH/PI communities can help us address the unique challenges the AA NH/PI communities face when accessing HIV services and enhance our efforts under the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative.


  • Tori Cooper, Director of Community Engagement, Human Rights Campaign – Transgender Justice Initiative

  • Emerson Shiang, Evaluation and Strategy Development Specialist, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

  • Christopher Walker, Project Coordinator, ETR


  • Cecilia Chung, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Evaluation, Transgender Law Center

  • Bill Le, PrEP Education Specialist for an NIH-funded research study, PrEP-Talk, at AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) Health

  • Bianka Tasaka, Prevention Specialist Supervisor, Malama Pono Health Services Kauai