SUPPORT AB 1737 ENG to increase our data collection for Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Groups!

Dear friends and allies,

Assemblymember Eng has introduced AB 1737, which would ensure that specified state agencies collect and publish data that are disaggregated into additional Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups, as currently reported by the U.S. Census. This measure is sponsored by the Asian and Pacific Islanders California Action Network.

In April 2009, our office released a report in collaboration with the University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multi-Campus Research Program on “The State of Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health in California.” The report is the first comprehensive study of its kind that shows the health profile of not only Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ethnic groups living in California but details the need to disaggregate the data for other AANHPI subgroups.

While overall data may show that AANHPI are doing better than average on certain social indicators, data that is separated out by ethnic group clearly shows that certain communities, especially among Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian ethnic groups, have some of the greatest needs, including some of the highest poverty rates and lowest educational attainment rates in California. Laotians, Cambodians, and Hmong, for example, have some of the highest poverty rates of all ethnic groups.

This measure is set to be heard in the Assembly Business and Professions committee on  Tuesday March 23rd at 9:00 a.m. in room 447. If you can attend the hearing to testify in support, please let me know! In order for the letters to be reflected in the analysis, letters must be submitted by Monday, March 15th. If your organization can support this measure, please fax a copy of your letter to me at (916) 319- 2149. Attached is a sample support letter and bill language for your reference. Please feel free to add your personal touch.

Please also circulate this email to any interested parties, we need all the support we can get!

Let me know if you have any questions regarding this measure. I may be contacted directly at (916) 319 – 2639.

Annie V. Lam
Legislative Director
Office of Assembly Member Mike Eng, 49th A.D.
State Capitol, Room 4140
Sacramento, CA 95814
(Ph) 916.319.2049
(Fax) 916.319.2149

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