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October 18, 2022 | Tuesday


Presidential Room - Starts at 7:30AM


Breakfast Plenary Session

Senator Mazie K. Hirono
Heart of Fire

9:00 - 10:15AM


Networking Break

10:15 - 10:45AM


Health Equity Outlook 2023

In a year where we witnessed historical moments in health law and policy, from the end of the constitutional right to abortion care in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act – the single largest health care legislation since the Affordable Care Act, now more than ever, the outcomes of the midterm elections could directly impact the health equity of all Americans. But despite the changes in law and makeup of Congress, longstanding challenges to health equity, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, persist in AA & NH/PI communities, such as: language access, disaggregated and equitable data, and access to health coverage. Health policy experts on this panel will discuss these issues, as well as legislative and administrative victories over the past year and the challenges AA & NH/PI communities will likely face heading into the final two years of the first term of the Biden-Harris Administration.

October 18, 2022 | Tuesday | 10:45 - 12:00PM

Senate Room

  • Yvonne Hsu, Chief Policy & Government Affairs Officer, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

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

  • Karla Thomas, Deputy Director, EPIC

  • Mara Youdelman, Managing Attorney, National Health Law Program

Moderator: Azizah Ahmad, Policy & Community Advocacy Manager, APIAHF

Increasing Access to Health Care: Community Health Workers & Patient Navigators

The Affordable Care Act provides unprecedented access to health care for millions of Americans. Yet, more can be done to ensure that AA & NH/PI communities can fully realize health care coverage. This panel will build general awareness and knowledge about community health workers (CHW) and patient navigators (PN) and their shared stories on how they increased access to care for their communities.

October 18, 2022 | Tuesday | 10:45 - 12:00PM

Federal A Room


Moderator: Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Executive Director, National Tongan American Society

Equitable Access to Health Care for Seniors

Older adults often face complex health issues, from mental/behavioral health to chronic illnesses, such as cancer. Many seniors receive health care through Medicare plans, including fee-for-service and Medicare Advantage. However, barriers to accessing Medicare persist for AA & NH/PI seniors, whether through the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate care or the absence of disaggregated data on AA & NH/PI beneficiaries. Panelists will provide perspectives on health care challenges for AA & NH/PI seniors, and share innovative practices from states and local community organizations when it comes to addressing these health care challenges.

October 18, 2022 | Tuesday | 10:45 - 12:00PM

Federal B Room

  • Denny Chan, Managing Director, Equity Advocacy, Justice in Aging

  • Mary Ann Bui, Chief Research Officer, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)

  • Kham S. Moua, National Deputy Director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

  • Paolo Narciso, Vice President, Product and Program Development and Optimization, AARP


Moderator: Tracy Sun, Program Manager, COIVID-19 Response, APIAHF


Lunch Plenary Session

Charles Kamasaki

Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die

12:00 - 1:30PM

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October 18, 2022 | Tuesday | 1:30 - 2:45PM

Federal B Room


Moderator: Albert Shen, Public Sector Strategy Manager, Verizon

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. 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.

October 18, 2022 | Tuesday | 1:30 - 2:45PM

Senate Room

  • Michael Byun, Executive Director, Asian Counseling and Referral Service

  • Tone Vaʻi, Regional Pacific Islander Task Force

  • Mandy Diêc, Director of California, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)


Moderator: Jeanie Y. Chang, Host, "Noona's Noonchi"

Addressing AA & NH/PI Wellness and Mental Health in America

AA & NH/PIs are among the least likely to seek mental health care. In one study, less than 9% sought any type of mental health services over one year compared with 18% of the general U.S. population. The COVID-19 pandemic, compounded by an increase in anti-Asian hate and violence, has further highlighted the lack of mental health awareness, research, and treatment among the AA & NH/PI community. This panel will share professional experiences, the current state of mental health among the AA & NH/PI community, and ways to overcome barriers to care.​​

October 18, 2022 | Tuesday | 1:30 - 2:45PM

Federal A Room

  • Aisha Bhimla, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Center for Asian Health, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

  • Kejjo Clarence, Diabetes Outreach Coordinator, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Office of Community Health and Research

  • Kate-Fillin-Yeh, MPP, Director of Strategy, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) -- New York, NY

  • Stella Yi, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Population Health, NYU Langone Health

Moderator: Maria Fernanda Gutierrez, Program Manager, APIAHF

Overcoming Chronic Inequities: Diabetes, Nutrition and Physical Activity in Historical Excluded Minority Populations

AA & NH/PI face unique challenges and disparities when responding to, preventing, and managing chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cancer, and rare diseases. This panel will outline challenges, discuss best practices from the field, and provide recommendations for future policy action. ​​


Networking Break

2:45 - 3:15PM


Rare Diseases and the AA & NH/PI Community

Roughly 30 million Americans have a rare disease and face tremendous obstacles when seeking effective health care. From an average of five years and seven doctor visits to reach an accurate diagnosis, to limited treatment options, to other challenges AA & NH/PI families living with a rare disease face unique obstacles.  Hear from health care leaders regarding recent innovations and how education and collaboration can reduce disparities in the rare disease community.

October 18, 2022 | Tuesday | 3:15 - 4:30PM

Federal A Room

  • Agnes Lo Costello, Medical Affairs, Costello Consulting

  • Debbie Drell, National Organization for Rare Disorders

  • Li-Li Hsaio, Nephrologist and a faculty at BWH, Harvard Medical School;
    Founder, Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP)

Moderator: Deanna Darlington, President, Links2Equity; Rare Disease Coalition

Achieving Health Access – National Level Issue, State Level Solutions

Enacting legislation on the federal level has been challenging and often takes decades to implement. Furthermore, health policy decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court have made clear that absent action from our federal legislators, state legislators play an important role in ensuring that health equity is achieved. Many states have recently expanded access to public healthcare for immigrant communities that have been historically excluded and cemented reproductive health protections, where similar attempts have been stalled in Congress. Hear from state and national advocates about how state level action is critical to national level change, achievements at the state level, what’s at stake, and where there are opportunities and challenges for AA & NH/PI communities at both the state and national levels.

October 18, 2022 | Tuesday | 3:15 - 4:30PM

Senate Room

  • Anthony E. Wright, Executive Director, Health Access

  • Anita Gundanna, Co-Executive Director, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

  • Sheri Daniels, Executive Director, Papa Ola Lōkahi

  • Hyun Namkoong, Deputy Project Director of the Health Advocacy Project, North Carolina Justice Center

Moderator: Nhien Le, Community Engagement Manager, APIAHF

Preparing for the Medicaid “Unwinding”

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local Medicaid agencies have been required to provide continuous coverage for people eligible for Medicaid until the end of the public health emergency. The continuous coverage requirement has meant historic gains in enrollment in Medicaid, with a record number of individuals and families being provided coverage and access to health care through Medicaid. When the public health emergency ends, millions of Americans on Medicaid will have their eligibility reviewed, a process known as the “unwinding.” As eligibility redeterminations take place, it is anticipated that many will lose their coverage through Medicaid; some will lose coverage because they are no longer eligible, others may lose their coverage even if they are eligible if their paperwork does not get processed in a timely manner or a variety of other reasons. This panel will discuss the potential impact of the Medicaid unwinding and what state agencies, advocates, and community organizations are doing to help minimize losses or gaps in Medicaid coverage.  

October 18, 2022 | Tuesday | 3:15 - 4:30PM

Federal B Room

  • Farah Erzouki, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

  • Colin Reusch, Director of Policy, Community Catalyst 

  • Meredith Nichols, Assistant Administrator and Deputy Medicaid Director, State of Hawaii Department of Human Services


Moderator: Daisy Kim, Policy Manager, APIAHF


Closing Remarks
Networking Break

4:30 - 5:00PM


5:00 - 7:00PM

October 19, 2022 | Wednesday

Breakfast 7:30 - 9:00 AM | Presidential

Box Lunch - 11:30 AM | Presidential 

VOICES On The Hill

Details to be announced.


Digital Program Essentials

October 19, 2022


9:00 - 11:00AM

Federal A Room

This training will provide a comprehensive breakdown of the primary components of running a digital campaign, including leveraging paid media as well as how to develop digital goals.

Cheryl Hori

Pacific Campaign House

An Informal Community Dialogue and Meet & Greet with APIAHF 

October 19, 2022


9:30 - 10:30AM

Federal B Room

This is an informal opportunity and dedicated time to connect and share a conversation about community partnerships and engagement and meet the APIAHF team.

Juliet K. Choi

President & CEO

Dr. Kamanaʻopono M. Crabbe


Storytelling Workshop

October 19, 2022


1:00 - 2:30PM

Federal B Room

The telling of stories enables us to recognize the experiences which have shaped our lives, communicate our values, and create opportunity for engaging in meaningful dialogue. Participants will explore the meaning and significance of their personal experiences to craft stories intended for community building, advocacy and leadership development.

Dawn J. Fraser

Fraser's Edge

Crafting a Digital Message 

October 19, 2022


1:00 - 2:30PM

Federal A Room

From audience identification to platform and objectives, this training will drill down on how to create a message that resonates and breaks through the online noise.

Cheryl Hori

Pacific Campaign House

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