Observing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

HHS: May 1, 2014

A Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

In May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and recognize the many contributions of these diverse and culturally rich communities to the fabric of American life.

The theme of the month is “I am Beyond,” a testament to the aspirations and spirit of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.  While Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have made significant public health, scientific, and medical contributions to the nation’s health and well-being, these communities still face health disparities, such as disproportionately high rates of Hepatitis B and A and tuberculosis.

Expanding access to health coverage is essential to attacking health disparities and improving health outcomes.  For too long, far too many Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders lacked access to affordable health coverage. Read more