Media Advisory: APALC to Discuss Health Care Reform and Its Effect on the Asian American Community

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
April 9, 2012

CONTACT:
Rachanee Srisavasdi
Communications Director
(213)241-0227; rsrisavasdi@apalc.org
APALC TO DISCUSS HEALTH CARE REFORM
AND ITS EFFECT ON THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY
APALC to Share Details of a New Statewide Initiative Tied to Health Care Reform Law

WHAT: The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, will hold a press conference to discuss the need for health care reform and the benefits that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) stand to gain from President Barack Obama’s health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). APALC, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, also will publicly reveal details of a new statewide health care initiative. *No other information will be released until the media briefing.

WHO: Stewart Kwoh, APALC Executive Director
Doreena Wong, APALC Health Access Project Director

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012
*Reporters also can call into the press conference at 626-677-3000;
the passcode is 3556262

WHERE: Asian Pacific American Legal Center
1145 Wilshire Ave, First Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

WHY: APALC supports the new health care reform law, which is currently under scrutiny by the U.S. Supreme Court. Asian Americans suffer from health disparities such as disproportionately high rates of cancer (which is the leading cause of death in our community), heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Compounding these health disparities are barriers due to immigration status and the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate health care for our community.

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The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983, APALC advocates for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, APALC seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities while also building a strong Asian American and NHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.

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