On June 9th, JCYC Executive Director Jon Osaki was honored in Washington, DC by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). Jon was selected to receive the APIAHF Health Equity Champion Community Advocate Award which was presented by Krystal Ka’ai, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on AANHPI. Also, in attendance and provided a welcome from President Biden was Erika Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American and Pacific Islander Senior Liaison.
The APIAHF award was reflective of Jon’s leadership and activism in the San Francisco Bay Area through JCYC and on a national scale through his award-winning film work that has lifted up critical issues about race and solidarity between communities of color. On his award, Jon said: “I am extremely grateful for this amazing recognition and thank the APIAHF for their efforts to promote understanding and opportunities for communities of color to work and build power together.”
APIAHF is the oldest and largest health advocacy organization working with AA & NH/PI communities across the nation, in the US Territories, and with the US‐affiliated Pacific jurisdictions. By providing policy and political analysis, research and data support, and effective communications strategies, APIAHF supports local AA & NH/PI communities to have an influence on local, state, and national policy. By providing grants, training, technical assistance, and consulting, APIAHF is a source of key resources so that communities can mobilize and grow stronger in their coalitions and organizational structures. For more information about APIAHF, please visit https://www.apiahf.org/.