Call your California Assembly Member: Pass AB1726!
We are just a few months away from passing AB 1726.
In California, the economic, health, and educational data of 5 million Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander students and families is not accurately collected to reflect their unique challenges. The AHEAD (Accounting for Health and Education in API Demographics) Act also known as AB 1726 could ensure that our communities receive the services and support they need. Governor Brown vetoed the bill last year, but we still have the opportunity to pass AB 1726 this year.
Call your CA Assembly Member and let them know that we need data disaggregation to show the successes and challenges that ALL AAPI communities face.
AB 1726 would finally show the economic, health, and educational disparities within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The bill would require public colleges and universities and the Departments of Public Health and Health Care services in CA to collect disaggregated demographic data. It would also increase public awareness and access as these institutions and departments will have to publish their data annually.
Significant challenges such as high poverty rates, limited English proficiency and cultural barriers, that Southeast Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities face would finally be made visible to the public and policymakers.
Tell Governor Brown and the CA State Legislature to sign AB 1726 so that certain AAPI communities are no longer invisible.
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