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Dear Newsletter Subscribers, 
Welcome to this edition of NaFFAA’s National Newsletter! Below you’ll find NaFFAA's press release celebrating AAPI Heritage Month, updates on NaFFAA's Leadership Development, Civic Engagement, and National Advocacy Initiatives, program updates from the NEC, and NaFFAA in the News. 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

NaFFAA celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - be proud of your heritage and the impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made on American History! Share our #NaFFAAStory

The Road Ahead for the Asian American/Pacific Islander Community
Join Verizon for an inspiring evening and in depth conversation with advocates and leaders as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on Thursday, May 23, 5:30-7:30PM at the Verizon Technology and Policy Center, 1300 I Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005.

White House Initiative on AAPIs Celebrates APAHM
Ryan Namata, NaFFAA Director of Human Capital, attended the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Cindi Shao of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce and Zachary Heng, the president of the DC chapter of Ascend. 

APAICS 25th Anniversary Gala

NaFFAA National attended the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Gala on May 14th. This year's theme, "Honoring Our Past, Inspiring Our Future" commemorates the 25th Anniversary, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.

Leadership Development
EPIC Youth Awards
NaFFAA's EPYC program was a finalist for the EPIC Youth Leadership Awards! Take a look at the video below and this article to learn more about EPYC and the EPIC Youth Leadership Awards. 

Empowering Youth through Collaboration Video by EPIC Youth Leadership Awards
TFCU and NaFFAA are partnering up to empower the next generation of Filipino Americans with the new campaign, Kollective Hussle! TFCUxNaFFAA are looking to assist young Filipino Americans with their ideas and turning them into action. Take a look at this short video and check out the website to learn more about this amazing initiative.
TFCUxNaFFAA: Kollective Hustle 

Civic Engagement 
Are you a college student looking to get involved? We are looking to collaborate with student organizations to host voter registration and education initiatives for the 2020 elections and Get-Out-The Count for the 2020 census.

Click here to learn more and apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until 11:59 PST, July 27th, 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Julie Wu at



Advocacy Day
NaFFAA attended Advocacy Day in Sacramento, California to advocate for AB 331 (Ethnic Studies), an Education & Outreach Fund for Domestic Workers, and increased Tenant Rights. Sign the letter of support by COB Friday, May 24th by clicking here.

NaFFAA Attends NNEDLearn Training 2019
NaFFAA's national staff was able to attend the National Network to Eliminate Disparities (NNED) Training in New Mexico in early May. In the training, the NaFFAA staff obtained resources about Achieving Whole Health for the Asian community.

Advocating for Diversity
NaFFAA is a member organization of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC). NaFFAA is committed to supporting the mission of the APAMC to increase diversity on-screen and behind the camera. Read APAMC's press release here.

NaFFAA Northern California Health Advocacy Project

Promoting Healthy Lifestyle to raise awareness of chronic illness burden facing Filipinos in the United States  is a priority project of NaFFAA Northern California (R8). As one of the fasted growing immigrant populations and third largest Asian American subgroup, Filipino Americans (4 million) have the highest prevalence of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and hypertension compared to other Asian groups and non-Hispanic whites. Almost 80% of Filipinos are overweight/obese, while 13% have T2D, and 39%% have hypertension (~40%, ~50%, and  ~30% higher than the US general population respectively). This intervention program could avert 22,000 cases of T2D per year. However, culturally appropriate DPP or other intervention strategies have yet to be tested for their efficacy in Filipinos to reduce their chronic disease risks.

The overall objective is to increase awareness of Filipino chronic disease prevalence, risk, and health inequities. 

Larry Itliong National Book Tour
The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) and PapaLoDown Agency with Bridge+Delta Publishing  are on a 15-city national book tour to promote Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong, written by historian Dawn Bohulano Mabalon with writer Gayle Romasanta, & illustrated by Andre Sibayan. Contact FAHNS for more information on book tour dates in other cities.

Be sure to register for the National Empowerment Conference (NEC). The NEC is the premier gathering of community leaders uniting to engage in dialogue about issues affecting the over four million Filipino and Filipino Americans across the United States—with the goal of transforming mindsets and empowering the community for 2020 and beyond.

You DO NOT want to miss this momentous opportunity to hear from and engage with Filipino American leaders in government, non-profit, business, and entertainment.
Current Full Conference pass (3-Day Pass + Gala ticket) prices are as follows:

Students:  $100 ($100 from 5/1/19-7/15/19, $130 after 7/16/19)
NaFFAA Member: $200 ($200 from 5/1/19-7/15/19, $230 after 7/16/19)
Regular:  $220 ($220 from 5/1/19-7/15/19, $250 after 7/16/19)

In addition to the ticket, Complimentary/FREE NaFFAA membership for 1 year. For existing members who have not yet renewed, this commences renewal as of the date of ticket purchase.* 
Learn more about the NEC's program with this link:
Register Now

NaFFAA News and Mentions

NaFFAA Greetings

Pin@y Graduations
NaFFAA congratulates everyone graduating this month, from a high school, community college or a public/private university! You have worked hard and you have a bright future ahead of you! Share your proud accomplishments with #PinoyGrad19 #NaFFAAStory on social media.  (Photo: Philippine American Foundation for Charities Pinoy Graduation 2019) 

Memorial Day
NaFFAA would like to remember the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives to defend America's freedom. (Photo: Wreath Laying Ceremony at the AAPI Salute to Service at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, VA)

Since 1997, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) has been promoting the welfare and well-being of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. As a non-partisan and nonprofit organization, NaFFAA is the largest national affiliation of Filipino American institutions, umbrella organizations, and individuals. Its member regions cover the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands.
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