Filipinos Among AAPI Groups Affected Most By COVID In California

By Amrylois Ferido/AJPress |

The type of data collected and how much progress has been made in the implementation of this bill was outlined in the webinar, which started with a welcome from Maral Farsi, deputy director of legislative and governmental affairs at CDPH. Attending and speaking were a variety of experts tasked with working together in and towards the implementation of AB 1726.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, chair of the California Commission on APIA (Asian and Pacific Islander American) Affairs introduced how there has so far been meaningful progress in implementation of the bill.

However, while there was progress, they also ran into challenges, specifically the pandemic. In light of this challenge, Ramakrishnan also made clear that the pandemic showed the “dire need” in collecting disaggregated data on AAPI communities.

“We know if we just collect data on ‘Asians’ we don’t have the kind of detailed understanding that we need to target the investments needed to make sure that our communities are being served adequately,” Ramakrishnan explained, hoping that this data will be used to aid in progress made for and within AAPI communities.

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