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**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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Young Professional and Students Meet & Greet
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APIC 2016 Conference Denver, CO
This seven-year awards program recognizes individuals or teams of two individuals who successfully implemented a systems change approach to reduce health disparities within the past two years.
APIC will award a $3,000 unrestricted prize to DJ Ida, PhD, Executive Director of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA), to be presented at the 2016 APIC Awards Ceremony during the 144th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting and Exposition, on October 31, 2016, in Denver, CO.
Dr. Ida has devoted her career to improving the overall quality of life for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and rethinking how we identify health, recognizing that mental health is essential to achieving health equity. She began her advocacy over four decades ago as she helped establish the Asian American Educational Opportunity Program. She then helped start the Asian Pacific Development Center, a specialty mental health clinic in Denver, and the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association, NAAPIMHA. She continues to work towards change and health equity in her policy, training and advocacy work. She was the lead author for the document Integrated Care for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders: A blueprint for action that was funded by the Office of Minority Health. Access is often cited as key to eliminating health disparities but often there is little for communities to access. Dr. Ida therefore helped create numerous curricula to improve the workforce. This includes the Achieving Whole Health to train 2 community members to learn how to make healthy decisions by integrating the body, mind and spirit. Dr. Ida says her greatest joy is working with the community to create a healthier environment.
The prestigious Awards Committee included Mr. Sefa Aina of Pomona College, John Auerbach, MBA, of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Esq, of Families USA, Dr. Ichiro Kawachi of Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and Dr. Adewale Troutman of the University of South Florida. 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
From left to right: Gem Le, DJ Ida (inagural awardee), Rogene Gee Calvert (2016 awardee), Lan Doan
APIC 2016 Young Professional and Students Meet & Greet