**APIC Calls on Congress to Pass the DREAM Act**

The Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (APIC) strongly condemns President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. 

For over five years, the DACA program has provided temporary protection from deportation and the ability to obtain a work permit for over 800,000 children and young adults, including from Asia, primarily South Korea and the Philippines. The Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting new applications and the program will terminate in six months.

“APIC stands with immigrant youth, and we will fight to make sure they are safe and maintain the protections to continue to live healthy and productive lives in the U.S. The decision to end the DACA program is appalling and reneges on the promise the federal government made years ago to ensure young people had the opportunity to have a better life and live without fear of deportation,” said Gabe Garcia, PhD, APIC president and CEO. “As an immigrant, this issue is near and dear to my heart. DACA recipients are our family, friends, and our students, including aspiring public health researchers and scientists, who now live in fear and uncertainty about their bright futures. And living in fear and uncertainty leads to stress that is certainly not healthy in our community.”

 APIC calls on Congress to find solutions and immediately pass the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017, providing a legal pathway to citizenship for immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – Americans who have contributed significantly to the growth and success of our communities.

Stand with APIC as we stand for the DREAM Act.

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The Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC) for Public Health is pleased to announce Rogene Gee Calvert as a recipient of the inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) –Award for Health Equity presented by APIC.

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Young Professional and Students Meet & Greet

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APIC is the Vision & Voice for Asian & Pacific Islander Public Health and Health Equity.  Our mission is to advance the health and health equity of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, associated jurisdictions, and the diaspora, in affiliation with the American Public Health Association.

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Encino, California — The Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC) for Public Health is pleased to announce the recipient of the second annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) –Award for Health Equity presented by APIC. This seven-year awards program recognizes individuals or teams of two individuals who successfully implemented a systems-change approach to advance health equity within the past two years.

APIC awarded a $3,000 unrestricted prize to Rogene Gee Calvert, co-founder of the Asian American Health Coalition/Hope Clinic (a Federally Qualified Health Center), at the 2017 APIC Awards Ceremony during the 145th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo on November 6, 2017, in Atlanta, GA.

Rogene has worked in the non-profit field for over 30 years and has changed the landscape for Asian Americans in Houston and across the United States as an advocate and champion for improving the health and lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Over three decades she has improved access, income, health, education, housing and safety for AAPIs. She also has been actively involved in voting rights issues in the state, which has the third largest population of AAPIs in the US. She has mobilized AAPIs to become civic leaders and made it easier for those with limited English to vote by promoting access to voter registration and ballots in their language. Rogene has been a tireless advocate for health equity for AAPIs, the elderly and other underrepresented groups in Houston and the United States. In recognition of her work and impact, she was recently appointed to the State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights, which will study voting rights in Texas. As co-founder of the HOPE Clinic, she has helped it expand its operation so it could serve more people. It now serves more than 13,000 individuals in over 20 different languages.  The Clinic also has been involved in promoting voter registration among eligible immigrants.  As President of the Asian Chamber of Commerce, Rogene now serves as a principal for Outreach Strategists, LLC, a public affairs, political and strategic communications firm based in Houston, where she works on issues related to voter rights.

The prestigious Awards Committee included Daniel E. Dawes, JD, General Counsel and Senior Adviser to the Satcher Health Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, DJ Ida, PhD, inaugural awardee of the 2016 RWJF-APIC Award for Health Equity, and Carmen R. Nevarez, MD, MPH, Public Health Institute's VP for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor and Director of Center for Health Leadership and Practice. They considered criteria such as contributions toward achieving health equity and systems change approach to addressing health disparities, including outcomes, innovative approaches, transformational systems change,
collaborative leadership, resourcefulness and impact and scalability.

The 2017 APIC Awards Ceremony took place on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7-9PM EST, at the Coze Event Space, 255 Trinity Av. SW, Suite A, in Atlanta, GA. The event featured keynote speaker, Dr. Matthew Lin, the new Director of Office of Minority Health and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Minority Health, and honored the 2017 Community Organization Recognition, Best Published Paper, and Best Student Abstract Awardees.

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