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Autism now more common among Black, Hispanic kids


New York: For the first time, autism is being diagnosed more frequently in Black and Hispanic children than in white kids in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Among all U.S. 8-year-olds, 1 in 36 had autism in 2020, the CDC estimated. That’s up from 1 in 44 two years earlier. But...

Biden signs bill for National Museum on Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders


Washington, DC: President Joe Biden signed a bill Monday that will create a commission to study establishing a national museum on the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. “I’m honored to sign into law something that’s long overdue,” he said at a White House ceremony.  The “Commission to Study the Potential...

AAJC applauds historic legislation paving way for AAPI museum


John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, issued the following statement: “The signing of this legislation into law is an important and foundational step towards public recognition of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander history and culture. It is long overdue for our histories and contributions...

HHS announces funding opportunity for new AANHPI Behavioral Health Center of Excellence


New York: This Mental Health Awareness Month, which is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is announcing a nearly $3.5 million five-year grant opportunity to develop a Center of Excellence, advancing behavioral health care...

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Museum bill passed in US House


On Tuesday, April 26, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would kickstart the creation of a National Asian American and Pacific Islander museum. "It's an honor to champion this cause so close to my heart and I am grateful for the allyship of my colleagues as we have stood together...

NJ Governor Murphy creates AAPI Commission


Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill establishing the Asian American Pacific Islander Commission within the Department of State. The commission is charged with developing policies to address the social and economic needs of the growing Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in New Jersey. Under this new law, the commission will be...

Indian-Americans reported highest rates of voting in 2020 presidential election


Washington, DC: Indian-Americans reported the highest (71 per cent) rate of voting among Asian American communities in the 2020 presidential election, a research scholar has said, citing the US Current Population Survey data. According to data released from the US Current Population Survey, the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), in general, recorded remarkable gains in...

AARP’s covid tele-town hall spotlights Asian American and Pacific Islanders


AARP hosted a national coronavirus Tele-Town Hall focused on “Coronavirus, Vaccines, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” on April 22. The live streamed event involved a panel discussion among health experts who also answered live questions from callers all over the country about: how to stay safe and protected from the coronavirus and prevent...

Nassau County’s Human Rights Law to be amended to prohibit Covid-19 fueled discrimination


Mineola, NY: Fueled in part by the irrational, false and unfounded association of specific ethnic groups with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, violent attacks and bias incidents against Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have increased at an alarming rate in New York and throughout the country. In response to these unacceptable developments, Nassau County...