AAPI Texas Regional Conference

Saturday, February 23, 2013

University of Houston, Cemo Hall

Houston, TX

About the Conference and How to Register

Join senior Obama Administration officials for a day of open dialogue, where the community and government will work together to empower the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Texas.

  • Learn about federal resources and programs.
  • Provide feedback to the Obama Administration about issues important to the AAPI community.
  • Meet other AAPI community leaders and organizations.

The Conference is free and open to the public. To attend, please register at: http://go.usa.gov/4B8H

Follow the Conference on Twitter using the hashtag #whiaapiTX

Directions and Maps for Cemo Hall and Parking

The Conference will take place at the Michael J. Cemo Hall at the University of Houston. Those who will be driving to the event can park their cars, free of charge, at parking lot 19D. To get to parking lot 19D, drive north on Calhoun Road until you reach Entrance 19 (Entrance 19 is next to Calhoun Loft Apartments). Drive through Entrance 19 to access parking lot 19D.

To locate Cemo Hall and parking lot 19D on the University’s campus map, first click here. Then in the search box titled “Search Buildings,” type in the word “Cemo.” This should mark the location of Cemo Hall on the campus map. Similarly, you can type in the term “19D” in the “Search Buildings” search box; this should mark the location of parking lot 19D.

If you’re having trouble navigating the University’s campus map, below is a Google map showing how to get to parking lot 19D from Calhoun Road.


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Agenda

(Subject to Change)

9:30

Registration

10:30

Welcome from Conference Co-chairs
The Honorable Ramey Ko
President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Rogene Calvert
Co-founder and Immediate Past President, Asian American Health Coalition/HOPE Clinic

11:00

Keynote Speakers
Kiran Ahuja
Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Chris Lu
Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary

12:00

Luncheon Plenary: The State of AAPIs in Texas

1:15

Breakout Sessions I

Addressing Health Disparities in the AAPI Community

Many AAPIs have unique health needs influenced by strong cultural beliefs. This session will include information about federal and community resources to address health disparities and improve access to health care for AAPI communities in Texas, especially those focusing on hepatitis B, diabetes, and mental health.

Challenges Facing Seniors

A great opportunity for AAPI seniors to increase their understanding and learn about new federal programs, developments and resources that are relevant and available to them. Please join our panel of expert speakers from the federal government and local community as they provide information and answer questions on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Senior Housing and health care issues affecting AAPI seniors.

Civil Rights

Please join us to engage in a dialogue with AAPI community leaders and federal officials to promote equal access to justice, ensure protection of civil rights, combat human trafficking, and coordinate federal efforts to address concerns and advance the AAPI community.

AAPI Immigration

Engage with federal officials and local immigration attorneys and advocates to gain a better understanding of immigration law and how it impacts the AAPI community in such areas as family reunification, skilled workers, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Understand the latest developments concerning comprehensive immigration reform, including organizing efforts here in Texas.

Labor and Employment Issues for Employees

Learn from the federal government experts regarding your legal rights and available resources as an employee.  Know your rights and be protected from unlawful practices under the Fair Labor Standards Act, unsafe working conditions, and discrimination.

Labor and Employment Issues for Employers

Hear from federal agency representatives on ways to ensure your company is in compliance with federal employment and labor laws, and how to protect your company from investigations and lawsuits. Learn how to eliminate your employment law risks and liabilities as well as how to be a model employer.

2:30

Break  

2:45

Breakout Sessions II

AAPI Immigration

Engage with federal officials and local immigration attorneys and advocates to gain a better understanding of immigration law and how it impacts the AAPI community in such areas as family reunification, skilled workers, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Understand the latest developments concerning comprehensive immigration reform, including organizing efforts here in Texas.

Economic Development

Learn about what federal agencies are doing to help small businesses grow with business loans, incentives, and more, as well as minority business resources and federal government contracting opportunities.

Educational Resources and Challenges to the Community

Ensuring that every student in our country graduates from high school prepared for college and a successful career is central to securing a brighter economic future for all Americans. This panel will discuss Asian American and Pacific Islander access, resource allocation, and challenges in K-12 and higher education in Texas.

Housing and Community Development

Local communities can rely on federal resources to assist in housing and community development needs.  Come hear from HUD representatives and local experts on programs and experiences that address affordable housing, grants for non-profit community buildings and consumer education and protection programs.

Implementing the Affordable Care Act

Learn how key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can improve the health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by increasing their access to affordable health insurance coverage and high-quality care. Employers and the self-employed can also learn cost effective ways to provide benefits to their employees and themselves.

4:00

Closing
Assess conference experience and discuss outcomes and recommendations.
The Honorable Ramey Ko
President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Rogene Calvert
Co-founder and Immediate Past President, Asian American Health Coalition/HOPE Clinic

Resources from the AAPI Texas Regional Conference 2013 (PowerPoint slides)

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