Program Accomplishments


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From 2011 to 2019, we have influenced decision makers to increase funding for Asian Pacific American community based organizations by 110%, with an all time high of $1.77M in 2016. We’ve come so far, and are still looking to go further with and for the Asian Pacific American community

Highlights:

  • Invisible No More Campaign
    • As part of our “Invisible No More” campaign, CACF advocated for over a decade and in 2019 saw the successful passage of data disaggregation in NY State Assembly and Senate (Assembly A00677/Senate S3662).  This bill requires the collection of more accurate APA demographic information by State agencies, boards, and commissions.
    • This campaign resulted in the unanimous passage of Intro 251 in NYC (Local Laws 126 and 127), mandating NYC agencies to collect disaggregated demographic data of the top 30 racial/ethnic communities and languages spoken in NYC, as well as other information such as gender identity.
    • We are currently working with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Office of Operations in the ensuring the appropriate development and implementation of the data collection tools, and specifically advising on the roll-out with City agencies and the training of City workers who will be collecting racial/ethnic and language data.
  • 15% and Growing Campaign
    • Comprised of almost 60 APA organizations, which has helped increase discretionary funding for APA organizations from 2.9% in FY’2015 to almost 4.37% in FY’2020.
    • Hosted 11th Annual Asian Pacific American City Advocacy Day with “15% and Growing Coalition” and 45+ member organizations.
  • Communities of Color Non-Profit Stabilization Fund
    •  Collaboratively secured $3.7M for the 6th year of the City Council initiative – the Communities of Color Non-Profit Stabilization Fund.
    • This fund, administered by CACF along with two other lead organizations, strengthens the capacities of hundreds of communities of color CBOs.
    • Through this fund, CACF has been able to distribute over $2.5 million to help sustain and grow tens of APA organizations.
    • CACF recently announced the FY2019 APA Award recipients.
  • Access Health
    • Collaboratively secured a total of nearly $7 million for the Access Health NYC initiative for 5 consecutive Fiscal years (2016 – 2020) to ensure that the most underserved New Yorkers are informed about their rights and options in accessing health care services and programs.
    • In the past two years, CACF was able to advocate for an increase of almost $800,000 to APA community organizations through Access Health.
    • CACF has championed significant wins in health care reform, including collaboratively securing $2.5Million in FY2019 (increase of $1.3Million) for Access Health NYC,
    • In FY2019, CACF successfully advocated for an additional $750,000 to be directed as part of this initiative to APA community organizations.
  • APA Patient Navigators
    • CACF leads an APA Navigator collaborative of 11 partner organizations that have assisted (by in-person patient navigators) over 20,000 families in 19 different Asian languages since 2013 to enroll in affordable health insurance. CACF was awarded a new 5 year contract to support the In-Person Navigators at 11 partner sites.
    • CACF leads/administers an In-Person Navigator collaborative of seven APA partner organizations that – over the past five years – assisted over 20,000 families in 19 different Asian languages to enroll in affordable health insurance (by in-person assistors/navigators).
  • Asian American Student Advocacy Project (ASAP)
    • ASAP is celebrating its 15th year anniversary and plans for a program expansion.
    • For the past 14 years, CACF has trained over 250 ASAP youth leaders representing APA high school students from all 5 boroughs, from over 15 ethnic backgrounds.
    • In December 2017, after a three-year long campaign, CACF’s youth leaders helped secure passage of a resolution to establish January 30th as Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.
    • ASAP-ers have testified on behalf of issues meaningful to them (education, immigration, youth work opportunities, etc.) at tens of City hearings and met with many decision-makers including City Council members and administrators from the Department of Education.
  • Project CHARGE
    • a health equity campaign that has 20 organizational members. In its most recent strategic planning session, CHARGE decided to take a more active stance to support the New York Health Act and has organized APA community forums on universal healthcare.
    • CHARGE is also involved in advocating around the appropriate implementation of NYC Care, the City’s universal care plan, in APA communities.
    • Additionally, CHARGE is taking a comprehensive look at mental health and preventative measures for the APA community, specifically for young people between the ages of 18-24.
  • CACF is engaging key NYC Administration for Children’s Services and NYC Department of Education staff in a series of meetings detailing the language access and other service needs of Asian Pacific American children and families.
  • SJLI
    • In 2018, CACF launched the Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI), aimed at building a network and community of leaders (college students, CBO staff, teachers, and parents) across NYC that can speak out against injustice and inequity and for the welfare and security of the APA community.
    • Our first cohort drew staff participants from 8 different membership organizations and successfully deepened their knowledge of the APA community and how to be advocates for community change.
  • Completed a 5-year partnership with Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership (APPEAL) to address and improve healthy eating and active living in the NYC Asian communities, while contributing to the larger health disparities discussion affecting Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders in the mainland US and the Pacific Islands
  • As part of the Lunch 4 Learning coalition, and in collaboration with the NYC Public Advocate and NYC Department of Education, helped implement universal school lunch in NYC public, middle schools for the 2014-2015 school year with the possibility of extending the program to other grade levels
  • Joined the Administration for Children’s Services’ Racial Equity and Cultural Competence Committee to ensure that policies and programming are culturally competent and linguistically accessible.
  • In February 2014, 100+ public high school students held the first Asian Pacific American Youth Advocacy Day on the steps of City Hall.