FAPAC AND HHS CELEBRATE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS HERITAGE MONTH
Article by Vanee Komolprasert, Federal Asian Pacific American Council, FDA
On May 4-8, 2015, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) hosted the 30th National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, in Rockville, Maryland.
HHS held an Agency Forum to celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month observance. The Agency Forum brings together senior leaders and staff to discuss important Department-wide matters with their employees.
The Forum featured a keynote address by John Gill, HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources; and a presentation on “State of Asian Americans at HHS” by Wilfredo Sauri, Director, HHS Data Analytics and Reporting Division. There was also a panel discussion on “Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion” by Debra C. Chew, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, National Institutes of Health, Luben Montoya, HHS Section Chief/Senior Advisor for Civil Rights Policy, Civil Rights Division, Office of Civil Rights, Carol M. Moulton, Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Food and Drug Administration, and Bonita V. White, Director, HHS Diversity & Inclusion Division.
The Forum included an abbreviated workshop on “Understanding Unconscious Bias” presented by B. Winona Chestnut, Diversity Program Manager, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Equal Opportunity, Civil Rights and Diversity Management, and presentations on “HHS Initiatives on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Health” by CAPT Samuel Wu, Public Health Advisor, Office of the Secretary, “Health Disparity Efforts” by Dr. Cara V. James, Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and “Advancing AANHPI Health” by Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Director, Office of Minority Health.
The Forum was broadcast via Adobe Connect to allow HHS employees, throughout the country, to participate. The program was well-attended, with more than 100 participants on-site.
Survey results showed the Forum was well-received with strong support to continue addressing AAPI-related topics in the future.