142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Invisible No More: Campaigning for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander data equity

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, MPH , Coalition for Asian American Children & Families, New York, NY
Vanessa Leung , Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, New York, NY
Little is known about the over 40 different ethnic groups comprising the Asian American (AA) community living in New York, despite numbering 1.3 million in New York City. The omission of the different AA ethnic communities in statewide and citywide reports leads to invisibility and masks the unique social, educational, and economic differences associated with diverse AA ethnicities. The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) built a campaign on data improvements, convened conversations with its members, and launched the "Invisible No More" campaign. CACF implemented a multi-prong approach which included 1) analysis of existing models, bills, and laws; 2) conversations with colleagues engaged in data equity efforts nationally and in other states; 3) development of tailored messaging for target audiences; 4) a power analysis and identification of champions from the stakeholder and decision maker communities; 5) training for supporters; 5) community mobilization; and 6) creation of a communication plan with supporters. In 2012, CACF and its partners worked with local policymakers to introduce a bill calling for the standardization of data collection and reporting on AAs and Pacific Islanders in state agencies. Later that year, CACF and a NYC council member introduced a similar city bill. In January 2013, new policymakers re-introduced the state bills. The Invisible No More campaign demonstrated the importance in securing early buy-in from diverse stakeholders and implementing best practices from other jurisdictions doing similar work. In addition to applying these lessons learned, the project recommends establishing relationships with power players, particularly state and city agencies, to gain insight on the feasibility; outlining the financial impact of data legislation to ensure that the law would not become an unfunded mandate; and linking legislation to community impact and social justice to personalize data equity and prove it is achievable.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss key strategies and lessons learned in developing a data equity campaign to advocate for legislation to mandate city and state agencies to disaggregate data on Asian American and Pacific Islanders in New York.

Keyword(s): Asian Americans, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Health Policy Director of the Coalition for Asian American Children & Families. I have a unique background as a program manager, researcher, trainer, and health policy advocate, and I lead health advocacy initiatives to improve language access, cultural competence, data equity, and health care affordability. I spearhead "Invisible No More", a campaign pushing for data collection and reporting standards on demographic data of Asian Pacific Americans by city and state agencies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.