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The 2016 Advancing Justice Conference (AJC) is the first and only national conference in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community focusing on civil rights and social justice. Over 700 AAPIs from across the U.S. will come together to address issues facing our fastest growing populations. The theme will focus on civic engagement and building our electoral and social power in support of economic and racial justice. Conference attendees will participate in two days of panel discussions, caucus sessions, skills and capacity building, trainings, and networking receptions.

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Wednesday, March 30 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
The Affordable Care Act: Opportunities, Risks, and Civic Engagement in 2016

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided expanded access to affordable health care to more than 17 million individuals since its signing in 2010. Despite successes including the expansion of Medicaid to 31 states, continued efforts to repeal the ACA threaten these achievements in the 2016 election year. The following session will feature a panel of experts who will discuss successes in advocacy to preserve the ACA and what organizations can do in 2016 to continue to protect and preserve access to health care for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Moderators
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Doreena Wong

Health Access Project Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Doreena Wong is the Project Director for Advancing Justice - Los Angeles’s Health Access Project, which works to protect and promote access to public benefits and health care programs for immigrants, and monitors health care reform implementation issues that affect Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians. Wong is also a well-known social justice advocate who has helped to found several Asian American LGBT rights groups... Read More →

Speakers
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Betzabel Estudillo

Health Policy Coordinator, California Immigrant Policy Center
Betzabel Estudillo is the California Immigrant Policy Center's Health Policy Coordinator. Her work focuses on healthcare access and quality of care for all California immigrants, including advocating for Health for All. She also provides analyses, technical assistance, and trainings for service providers, advocates, organizers, and community members. Her passion for social and health justice stems from her experience as a former undocumented... Read More →
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Bonnie Kwon

Deputy Regional Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
Bonnie Kwon serves as the Deputy Regional Director for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In this capacity, Kwon supports the Initiative’s Regional Network and strengthens relationships with community partners. Prior to joining the Initiative, Kwon worked to increase access to affordable quality health care through policy analysis, advocacy with government agencies, and community education for... Read More →
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Jenny Rejeske

Health Campaign Deputy Director; Health Policy Ana, National Immigration Law Center
Jenny Rejeske manages the National Immigration Law Center’s Economic and Health Justice project, advocating for federal, state and local policies to increase equal access to and reduce the barriers that low-income immigrants face in accessing health care. Rejeske works in partnership with national policy and advocacy groups, community-based organizations, health care providers, legal and social services agencies and government... Read More →
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Isha Weerasinghe

Director of Policy and Advocacy, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
Isha Weerasinghe is the Director for Policy and Advocacy for the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations. Weerasinghe is a Co-Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans' Health Committee, Vice Chair of the National Task Force on Hepatitis B: Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, advises Hepatitis B United, a national coalition focused on reducing hepatitis B disparities, and is a board member of the... Read More →