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APANO 2010 End of Year Newsletter

APANO 2010 End of Year Newsletter

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Organizing and Advocating for the Interests of the Pan-Asian and Pan-Pacic Islander Communities of Oregon
2010 | Year in Review
Campaign for Health Equity, Health Insurance Exchange
TheStateofOregoniscreatingamarketplacefor individuals,employers andfamiliestopurchase privatehealthinsurance.Oregon’sHealthInsuranceExchangewill makeiteasiertoget insurance,reducehealth insurancecosts,andsetconsumerstandardsfor healthplans.
Did you know...More than 18% of Asians and 22% of NativeHawaiians and Pacic Islanders are uninsured,compared to 12% of Whites• Preventable death and disease rates, including breastcancer, heart disease, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, andhepatitis B, continue to disproportionately impact APA • Asians are 3 to 13 times more likely to die fromhepatitis B (Chinese 6x, Korean 8x, Vietnamese 13x)It has been a powerful year for APANO’s Health Equityand Reform Team (HEART). HEART is made up of APA (Asian Pacic American) community members who haveactively educated and advocated for our communitiesto improve APA health outcomes in Oregon. We havedone this through workshops, community forums, lmdiscussions and public testimonies.For 2011, HEART identied the Oregon HealthInsurance Exchange as a top legislative priority issue.By federal law, everyone in the US is required to buyhealth insurance by 2014 or they will be penalized. TheState of Oregon is moving quickly to create an insur-ance exchange to provide for the uninsured. APANO’sCampaign for Health Equity aims for an insuranceexchange that is accessible, affordable and culturally/ linguistically appropriate for APA families, communitiesand all Oregonians.
Look for updates and ways to get involved in 2011.
More than four-in-ve (84%) children in Oregon immigrant families are US citizens?
 Advocacy for Bilingual/Bicultural Education
EnglishasaSecondLanguageprograms(ESL)faceissueswithparent leadership,transpar-encyandaccountability instudentperformance, andservicesforrefugeestudents.
As our communities grow, particularly across theMetro Portland region, with an inux of Asian refugeesfrom Burma, Bhutan and Iraq, APANO has prioritizededucational equity and empowerment for students andparents. Members like you have helped us understandthe opportunities and challenges facing our youngpeople. Increasing parent leadership and the abilityfor parents and community to speak with one voiceto school authorities is critical to our success. Ourgoals are to address the inadequate radio of bilingual/ bicultural staff to students, shrinking the achievementgap for immigrant students, and making school districtsmore welcoming and accountable for APA students andfamilies.In 2010 we had a signicant accomplishment inuniting to support Portland Public Schools bilingual/ bicultural educational assistants who are key individualssupporting our children’s academic success. We wona victory through testimony and a community rally toprevent a 33% cut, or over 23 positions.
www.apano.org | Asian Pacic American Network of Oregon | December 2010
Urban Ecology Project
The Urban Ecology (UE) project, a collaborativeincluding the Oregon Universal Zulu Nation Hmong American Community of Oregon, Center for Diversityand the Environmental, and OPAL Environmental JusticeOregon, was formed by APANO out of a concern forthe growing environmental justice, sustainability andgreen economy issues in Portland. “APA communitiescontribute rich cultural traditions, and experience in bothtrades and diverse professions,” but as the UE annualreport highlights, “APA voices are often ignored.” This year’s project consisted of three phases:organizing focus groups, hosting 16 educationalworkshops, and delivering an annual report to the Cityof Portland. Over 500 surveys of community membersfrom 17 different APA communities across all ageshighlighted the need for further community organizingand advocacy work in the areas including food accesspolicies, human health and pollution, and the need forlong-term leadership development to empower the fastgrowing APA community to engage in the environmentaland economic benets of our region.In the coming year, the Urban Ecology Project islinking environmental justice with APANO’s health equityefforts, following up on the lead recommendations andfurther developing youth and young adults leadership.

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