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An Update on LTSC’s Advocacy for AAPI Mental Health

An Update on LTSC’s Advocacy for AAPI Mental Health

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LTSC Director of Service Programs Peter Gee with Nkauj Iab Yang, former Executive Director of the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and Thu Quach, PhD, President of Asian Health Services

March 2024

LTSC Joins California Asian American & Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Health Equity Coalition

LTSC joined a statewide coalition of AANHPI organizations to advocate for policy change and research focused on data disaggregation, language access, and mental health. LTSC joins over 50 community-based organizations, researchers, and advocates in the Health Equity Coalition. “We are excited to join this statewide advocacy coalition, which will advance important initiatives aimed at improving the lives of the community members we serve,” said Peter Gee, Director of Service Programs at LTSC. “As a direct service organization, our staff are in tune with what is happening on-the-ground. We are also starting to get more involved in upstream efforts aimed at addressing the root causes of the problems we see during service delivery. By focusing on prevention and systemic change, it can lead to widespread impact which is why it is important for us to join forces with other AANHPI organizations.”

April 2024

LTSC Joins the AANHPI Health Equity Coalition in Advocating for Language Access with SB1078

LTSC recently attended a coalition strategy convening in Sacramento. One of the key goals of the convening was to support SB 1078, a bill that aims to create an Office of Language Access within the California Health and Human Services Agency impacting health care, mental health, public health, substance use disorder services, income assistance, social services, and assistance to people with disabilities. With over 6 million Californians with limited English proficiency, this bill’s passage could have a significant impact on healthcare delivery. The bill has passed the State Senate and is currently in the State Assembly.

June 2024

LTSC Testifies at the California State Assembly Select Committee on Mental Health Accessibility Within Non-English Speaking Communities

With the AANHPI Health Equity Coalition, LTSC was invited to give testimony on June 5, 2024 at the Select Committee on Mental Health Accessibility Within Non-English Speaking Communities. Nearly 50 community members from across the state attended to advocate for mental health support for the diverse AANHPI community.

Peter Gee, RN, LTSC’s Director of Service Programs provided coalition testimony on a few of the coalition’s shared recommendations, and to advocate that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) use better data for decision making. Two areas of concern are:

AANHPI youth were not considered a priority population in the CDPH’s suicide prevention programs due to inequitable data analysis.
CDPH’s Office of Health Equity does not have a staff specialist in their Community Inclusion and Partnership team for the AANHPI community since it’s not deemed a ‘priority population’.

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Peter Gee (right) at the California State Assembly Select Committee on Mental Health Accessibility Within Non-English Speaking Communities
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