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July 4, 2012
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White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders to Host Midwest Regional Action Summit on July 13, 2012
Summit Follows Series of Open Meetings with Community Leaders Held Throughout Midwestern States Experiencing Rapid AAPI Population Growth
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) will host a Midwest Regional Action Summit on Friday, July 13, 2012. The Summit will be held in Meiling Hall at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH (map), from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration is required to attend. To register, please click here.
The AAPI Midwest Regional Action Summit will convene senior Obama Administration officials for a day of open dialogue with leaders and members of the Midwestern AAPI community. Participants from the community and government will work together to create an action plan for empowering the AAPI community in the Midwest. During the Summit, participants will:
- Establish a space where community leaders can inform the Obama Administration about issues of concern to the AAPI community;
- Learn about federal resources and programs available and develop solutions to address these issues; and
- Develop opportunities for community leaders to inform one another about innovative approaches to meet the needs of AAPI communities across the region.
Senior Obama Administration officials who will be present at the AAPI Midwest Regional Action Summit include Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; and Chris Lu, Cabinet Secretary, Assistant to the President, and the highest-ranking AAPI in the Obama Administration. Additional guests include federal officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education, and Department of Justice. National AAPI leaders from the fields of housing and economic development, health, education, and professional development will also speak at the Summit.
The Summit is free and open to the public until full. Click here to register now!
The AAPI Midwest Regional Action Summit is being organized in partnership with community-based organizations from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The lead Ohio host organizations are the Ohio Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council and the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition.
**NOTE: Media representatives who wish to cover the summit or schedule an interview must pre-credential by e-mailing their name, title, organization, and contact information to Kate Moraras at Kate.Moraras@ed.gov
by Thursday, July 12 at 5 p.m. ET.**
Ohio Asian American Health Coalition
Established in 2002, the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition is an alliance of communities and individuals focused on the health and well-being of Ohio’s Asian American population. Their mission is to eliminate social inequities that contribute to disparities in the quality of life of Ohio’s Asian American Pacific Islanders through community research, education and advocacy.
Ohio Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council
Established in 2007, the Ohio Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council addresses issues specific to Ohio’s AAPI population, and connects AAPIs in Ohio to the State’s resources. The Council focuses on four issue areas: Economic and Workforce Development; Health Issues and the Health Care System; Art, Culture, and Education; and Immigration and the Criminal Justice System.