The UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity focuses on developing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating effective and efficient strategies to mitigate health inequities. We recognize that the health disparities we seek to address are intertwined with long-established racial and social inequities in our nation.

We want to express our solidarity with the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the wake of the atrocious acts that recently occurred in Atlanta.

In the words of Dr. Winston Wong, Chair and acting CEO of the National Council of Asian and Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) and Scholar in Residence at our Center for Health Equity, “The trauma of this event extends well beyond the immediate families that lost their loved ones.  It impacts our patients and communities and it is a danger to their health not just during this pandemic, but beyond.”

As a Center, we recognize the ongoing violence and hate expressed against members of the AAPI community as a pressing public health issue. While such incidents are not a novelty, they have been on an alarming rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly advocate for the protection of the lives of our Asian American community members and we encourage those who experience or witness instances of hate, violence, and discrimination to speak up.

In the coming days, weeks, and months we commit to working closely with our faculty, staff, students, and community partners to identify ways that we can amplify Asian American & Pacific Islander voices, and contribute to efforts that actively dismantle hate and improve the health of AAPI communities.

While we navigate these conversations, we encourage you to take the necessary steps to support Asian American & Pacific Islander lives, fight discrimination, and be in community with others. Below, please find some resources and ways you can get involved.

 

Resources:

 

For Asians experiencing hate crimes

 

OCA- Asian Pacific American Advocates 

Filing for hate crimes in addition to other resources like pro bono legal services, history of hate crimes, and community action guide (how to support victims, how to take legal action considering status of citizenship, and how to respond as a community to Anti-Asian hate crimes)

 

Asian Americans advancing justice

Reporting hate crimes and bias 

 

Asian Mental Health Collective 

International & Crisis Hotlines

 

The Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center

 

Toolkits:

 

NCAPA COVID-19 Response Toolkit

Purpose: To provide information, messaging guidance and other resources for the AAPI community regarding the response to COVID-19. 

Suggested Use: Use these messages for social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) or for talking points for your organization. 

 

Asian Americans advancing justice

Curriculum and lesson plans for Asian American history and racism

 

For ally support:

 

OCA- Asian Pacific American Advocates

Slide that includes background (context of racial profiling, racism, and xenophobia before and during pandemic), a timeline of documented events perpetuated against Asian community, talking points and strategies for to address Asian racism, hate crimes, and bias. 

 

Asian Americans advancing justice

Bystander intervention trainings

 

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