Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, join us in celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. We celebrate the countless contributions of Asian/Pacific Islanders (API) throughout America’s history while also growing our appreciation of the spectrum of identities across the Asian/Pacific American communities. Asian/Pacific Americans make up more than 7% of the U.S. population. Join us in honoring the rich culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders and raising awareness of health disparities.
Resources, Tools, and Materials
- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- Created by: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of the American Indian, and National Park Service
- Asian Southeast Asian Pacific Islander (ASAP!) Taskforce
- Office of Minority Health
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum:
- Best Start
- Information in Many Languages (fact sheets)
- "Breastfeeding Matters"
- "My Breastfeeding Guide"
- "Breastfeeding Your Baby"
- and more
- California Department of Health - WIC
- La Leche Legue Canada
- From Mothers to Mothers
- Journal of Obesity
- United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
- Breastfeeding Association of Taiwan
- Hong Kong Breastfeeding Association
- China Daily News
USBC Member Organization
- Asian Breastfeeding Task Force
- Effective Collaborations and Breastfeeding Promotion Strategies for Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander Communities presented by Jeanne Kettles, Tonya Lang, and Grace Yee, Asian Southeast Asian Pacific Islander (ASAP!) Taskforce
- Breastfeeding promotion reaches beyond the focus on individual behavior toward a wider range of social, economic, cultural and political conditions, in which mothers and their families are born, grow and live. The panelists from the Asian Southeast Asian Pacific Islander (ASAP!) Taskforce shared their experiences with breastfeeding promotion partnerships with Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander communities, including the challenges and barriers encountered, and the development of strategic plans based on the strengths of the communities. Panelists delved into the important role ASAP! plays and who participates in the task force. Participants learned about resources to support Asian and Pacific Islander breastfeeding families and the successes, challenges, and next steps for ASAP!
- Building Relationships: a Key to the Rise of our Indigenous Breastfeeding Communities presented by Amber Kapuamakamaeokalani Wong Granite, Breastfeeding Hawai'i Coalition
- O ke kahua ma mua ma hope ke kūkulu: First the foundation, then the structure can be built.
This Hawaiian proverb teaches us the importance of building relationships in order to ensure the rise of our people. Whether we seek to influence fellow learners, patients, or customers, we must get to know them before we can ask them to make change. Once we seek and understand where they come from, what is truly important to them, and then help them unpack their stories, the real work can truly begin. During this session, attendees heard an oli, Nā ʻAumakua. This oli acknowledges our ancestors, our land, and our nation. It invites strength, knowledge, and power into our space. We then learned more about native Hawaiian practices, challenges, and successes of the recent Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor training held in Waimānalo, Hawaii in October, 2019.
- "Structural Inequities Burden Mothers/Parents, Infants and Families of Color: Support Policies that Reduce Disparities in Health Outcomes"
- A fact sheet created to highlight legislative solutions to reducing health disparities.
2019 NBCC Highlights
- 2019 National Breastfeeding Conference and Convening awardees and presentations
- Amber Granite, Breastfeeding Hawai'i Coalition, Oʻahu, Hawai'i,
- Emerging Leader
- Amber Kapuamakamaeokalani Estelle Granite is a native Hawaiian born and raised on the island of O’ahu. She started her breastfeeding career as a WIC breastfeeding peer counselor. She also studied to become a Childbirth Educator and is also a labor doula. She found that supporting mothers though their entire pregnancy and labor process helped them have good breastfeeding outcomes. She works now as the WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator at the Waimānalo Health Center. A project she is currently working on with the Breastfeeding Hawaiʻi Coalition is to bring the Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor Training to Hawai’i and to integrate Native Hawaiian cultural practices into this training. Her ultimate goal is to create an Indigenous Breastfeeding Coalition in Hawai’i and offer education and training in breastfeeding with an emphasis on cultural trauma and native Hawaiian cultural practices. She hopes to give native Hawaiian people the recognition they deserve in the USBC and at other national and international levels.
- To-Wen Tseng, Asian Breastfeeding Taskforce, Los Angeles, California
- Emerging Leader
- To-wen is a former Chinese-language TV reporter turned freelance writer based in Los Angeles, California. She faced challenges when returning to work after maternity leave in 2013 when her first child turned 3 months old and her employer refused to provide workplace nursing accommodations. Since that experience, she has dedicated her career to speaking out about breastfeeding barriers in Asian-American communities. In 2018, she joined a group of concerned individuals and co-founded Asian Breastfeeding Taskforce.
- Tiffany Pao Yang, Twin Cities Regional Breastfeeding Coalition, Coon Rapids, Minnesota
- Cultural ChangeMaker
- Nyob zoo - Hello! My name is Tiffany Pao Yang. I am the fifth daughter of Hmong refugees from Thailand. I am originally from small-town Sheboygan, Wisconsin, but today I consider myself a big-city Hmong Minnesotan. I hold a Bachelors of Science degree in Life Sciences Communication and certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Today, I am a second-year Maternal and Child Health graduate student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Hmong Breastfeeding Initiative: Reducing breastfeeding disparities in Minnesota presented by Linda Hsiung Dech and Tiffany Pao Yang
In Minnesota, data on breastfeeding rates for disaggregated Asian and Black WIC participants has become available. Overall Asian and Black rates look good but when teased apart, the Asian Hmong community has much lower initiation (55 –64% for foreign-born and second-generation Hmong mothers, respectively. Likewise, rates for African-Americans and East African immigrants have a wide gap (71 vs 93% among WIC participants). To address the disparity in the Hmong population, the MBC is employing a multi-pronged approach with the assistance of a States of Solution grant from 100 Million Healthier Lives and an MPH student from the UMN School of Public Health. This approach involving collaborations with MN Dept. of Health and the MN Breastfeeding Coalition seeks engagement of Hmong health providers and community members to raise awareness about the disparity and seeks their input about how to address and fosters the development of Hmong-driven efforts to change breastfeeding outcomes.