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The APAICS Health Summit brings together nonprofit and corporate leaders, subject matter experts and elected officials for a bipartisan policy discussion about the current state of healthcare. One of the biggest threats to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA & NH/PI) community is healthcare. During the COVID-19 pandemic AA & NH/PI’s have faced racism and discrimination, even though the community is on the frontlines battling the pandemic across the United States. This summit will highlight parts of healthcare where AA & NH/PIs are underrepresented and how as a nation

there can be more inclusion. Experts from across America will join in this conversation and help to uncover the biggest challenges AA & NH/PIs face, not only in the current state of healthcare but in the next phases of this global pandemic.

2022 Health Summit Panel Descriptions

Striving for Health Equity

Whether it is higher rates of certain diseases or lack of access to necessary treatments, communities of color often face difficulty getting access to the care they need. For the 20 million AA & NH/PIs in the United States, some face hurdles such as language and literacy barriers, undercounting and over generalization of data, and underrepresentation in studies. On this panel, we will discuss efforts being undertaken to promote health equity in a variety of aspects of our healthcare system so that all communities can gain access to the care they want and need. 


Moonshot: The Latest in Cancer Research

One in three people are diagnosed with cancer at some stage of their life. While the diagnosis is frightening for many people, there are billions being spent trying to find a cure, and new treatments are being researched and discovered on an ongoing basis. Hear from experts about the latest in the fight against cancer.


Saving Lives and the Future of Innovation in the Industry

From COVID-19 vaccines to bionic limbs, medical advancements are creating solutions to some of the world’s biggest medical challenges at record pace.  Whether racing towards the next great discovery or collaborating with each other to assemble the next miracle advancement, companies are constantly innovating to provide new and potentially live altering products to people around the world.  Hear from leaders in the industry talking about the importance of innovation, what its impact is for the AA & NH/PIs community and get a sense of where exciting research is occurring in the various industries across medicine.


Ensuring Diverse Voices in Healthcare: Representation in the Workforce

Growing the ranks of diverse scientists, researchers, doctors, and other vital roles in health is key to the success of the diversity, equity, and inclusion effort. Building a diverse workforce requires commitment of resources and time to develop a pipeline, and there are companies leading the charge in recruitment, retainment, and promotion. This panel will explore best practices and new innovative approaches to building the pipeline from student to c-suite.


Creating Space for Your Mental Health

One in five U.S. adults suffer from mental illness, and the impact can be felt not just by the individual but their family, friends, and community. The COVID-19 pandemic and anti-asian hate incidents created an even greater need for mental health for everyone, including AA & NH/PIs. Through tele-health platforms, new medicines, and exciting research in the realm of precision therapeutic approaches, innovation in the space is opening more options for individuals seeking mental health care. However, there are still obstacles.  In addition to the fear of stigma as well as a lack of professionals of color to support the growing need for mental health care in many minority and immigrant communities, the isolation from community and fear from anti-Asian racism and violence are a few factors in the increasing importance of individual and community mental health care. Organizations, governments from federal to local levels, and companies are working to meet these needs and will share their stories and expertise.

Overview of the Health Summit

Watch the 2021 Health Summit


9:30 - 11:00 AM ET

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET

1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

2:30 - 3:30 PM ET

Opening Plenary: 

Asian American and

Pacific Islander

State of Healthcare

Panel #1: Diversity and Equity in the Healthcare Industry Workforce

Panel #2: Data Disaggregation

Panel #3: Health Equity and Digital Health During COVID

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the healthcare sector is critically important for providing the best care possible and fostering innovation. The AA & NH/PI community has faced unique challenges

during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even while facing discrimination and racism, AA & NH/PI medical professionals have never stopped providing the best possible care to all patients. This panel will discuss what the healthcare industry is doing to elevate AA & NH/PIs and other minority groups into the industry’s top echelons and approaches to providing equitable and accessible healthcare for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how critical data can be to saving lives. The AA & NH/PI community is built by numerous cultures and ethnicities just like so many other minority groups. Disaggregating data within the community can help healthcare providers, researchers, and consumers through the pandemic, by better identifying any gaps in the system. This panel will highlight why data is the key to ensuring that the issues facing all

AA & NH/PIs are addressed.

The United States lack of access rate to healthcare is alarmingly high, and women of color are particularly vulnerable. AA & NH/PIs specifically face additional challenges including cultural and logistical barriers, as well as hurdles based on immigration or economic status, and geographic location. Healthcare equity is the goal. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a space for new innovative ways to reach every single patient. From telehealth to remote monitoring to cloud computing, technology will transform the healthcare industry. This panel will discuss the new technological advancements and how they can be leveraged to connect with the most vulnerable AA & NH/PIs populations. This panel will highlight historic factors that have led to the present-day impact on healthcare and will provide policy solutions on how AA & NH/PIs can overcome the systematic lack of equitable healthcare access.

4:00 - 5:30 PM ET

Closing Plenary: The Next Phase of COVID: Vaccinations and Healing

During 2020, the world learned about the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. Industries, people, and governments all needed to embrace to a new temporary normal and adapt quickly. Heading

into 2021, globally the first steps to recovery have been taken but so many are still left out of receiving aid. In healthcare alone AA & NH/PIs need to be part of the foundational building blocks for vaccine innovation and distribution. This closing panel will highlight the phase we are currently in and how the community can be included to ensure that no one is left behind.