ACTION | Enroll Before March 31st

As you know, we’re just a few weeks away from March 31st, which marks the end of the enrollment period for individuals to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

This is a big, big deal for the AAPI community (here’s why). We need your help to get the word out so we can raise awareness in the community and help community health organizations and health centers get members of our community enrolled.

You can get involved with our social media campaign by sharing:

  1.        our new infographics on AAPIs and the Affordable Care Act (click here and see attached)
  2.        a photo using hashtag #GetCovered (click here for instructions)
  3.        our 20 Reasons to Get Covered (click here)

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Briefing: Opinions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Millenials on Reproductive Justice


Briefing: Opinions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Millenials on Reproductive Justice

Please join Advocates for Youth, the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum for a webinar on the opinions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Millennials.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
4:00 PM EST/1:00 PM PST

Presenters: Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of NAPAWF, Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Vice President of Advocates for Youth

Do Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Millennials care about Reproductive Justice? Please join us in discussing opinion data gathered from AANHPI youth on reproductive justice issues, including opinions on choice and abortion coverage. Information presented will be from the National Asian American Survey and Advocates for Youth Millennials of Color research.

Please register for the webinar here.

Operation Samahan’s 40th Year of Building Healthier & Happier Communities Together

Operation Samahan

Operation Samahan’s 40th Year of Building Healthier & Happier Communities Together

Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Jasmine Restaurant
4609 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

Please join us for an engaging and interactive envisioning session led by designer and facilitator Bennett Peji. Together, we want your help to envision how best to continue to make a real difference in our communities.

Heavy appetizers will be provided.

RSVP is required by July 2nd to Kirin Macapugay, Director of Marketing and Business Development at (619) 477-4451 ext. 610 or

View event flyer here.

Asian Women Advocates Join ACLU, NAACP to Challenge AZ Abortion Restriction


For Immediate Release
May 29, 2013
Erin White, 212.255.2575

Asian Women Advocates Join ACLU, NAACP to Challenge AZ Abortion Restriction

HB 2443 Unfairly Stereotypes Asian Women

PHOENIX — Today, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed a racial discrimination suit against the Attorney General of Arizona and the Arizona Medical Board, challenging Arizona’s HB 2443, a law that bans abortions performed on the basis of race and sex. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will represent NAPAWF and the NAACP in court.

Executive Director of NAPAWF, Miriam Yeung, offered the following statement:

“HB 2443 perpetuates anti-immigrant sentiment by unfairly stereotyping Asian women who seek an abortion. This is deeply offensive to our community.”

“By assuming Asian American women, because of our culture, will choose to terminate pregnancies based on sex, this law turns Asian American women into suspects and encourages invasive scrutiny of our motives that other women would not be subjected to. The law is cloaked in the language of civil rights and equality for women, but it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Rather than lifting the status of women, this law is nothing more than another hypocritical attempt to ban abortions in this country– this time using Asian women as a means to that end.”

“This law distracts from the real work of ending racial and gender-based discrimination. We need policies that truly empower women of color, like equal pay, increased employment opportunities and health equity– not more misguided, discriminatory attempts to restrict access to important health care.”

Public Health and Emergency Communication Planning Session

A Public Health and Emergency Communication Planning Session

As a leader in your community, you are invited to participate in a session on May 28, 2013 to help develop a working and meaningful communication plan for public health and emergency information.  This event is hosted by the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency and Office of Emergency Services, and San Diego State University.  Eight language communities have been invited to the session. Translation and interpretation will be available in Spanish, Arabic, Tagalog, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Karen, and Somali.

What is it all about?

Effective communication is vital to the well-being of our families, neighborhoods and communities.  In order to prevent disease and injury, and promote health and safety, we need your input!  We hope you will join us on May 28thBreakfast and lunch will be provided.

During the meeting you will:

  • Provide insight into unique issues, barriers, and best practices for ensuring efficient communication of important, timely information to your community during a public health emergency.
  • Hear about other efforts around the U.S. to improve public health and emergency communication among communities with language and cultural barriers.
  • Have the opportunity to form part of a community network that can help disseminate information during a public health emergency.

Bring a client to attend with you (non-English speaking preferred)!

Where: Parma, Payne, Goodall Alumni Center, San Diego State University
(Free parking will be provided and directions will be forwarded after you RSVP.)

When: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

RSVP: Please email your registration form (and include your client’s information) to Justine Kozo: at or RSVP online at More information and the agenda will be posted on the website shortly.

*Download the RSVP Form here: Emergency Preparedness RSVP FORM

Mother’s Membership Campaign

NAPAWF-SD May Infographic
Mother’s Membership Campaign
Happy May Membership Drive!
Support our San Diego chapter in NAPAWF’s national Numbers Don’t Lie Campaign by clicking here to vote for our chapter!
If you have signed up your mom or loved one for membership or have contributed by voting for us in our Numbers Don’t Lie campaign, please email a copy of your emailed receipt to
Thank you!

NAPAWF-SD Membership Committee