Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Health Justice



Through outreach, education, and advocacy, Advancing Justice - LA seeks to address the health care needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities and to increase their access to quality health care throughout California. With Federal health care reform changes underway, Advancing Justice - LA works with AANHPI community organizations around the state to ensure implementation at the State and Local levels address AANHPI needs. Advancing Justice - LA anchors the Health Justice Network, a coalition of groups throughout California working to advance a proactive agenda around health disparities and the right to quality health services while growing community leadership and developing advocacy potential in individuals and organizations.

Advancing Justice - LA also works on other issues that impact the health and well-being of AANHPIs. Since the late 1990s, Advancing Justice - LA has worked on immigrant access to government programs and benefits (e.g., cash assistance, food stamps) as part of the California Immigrant Policy Center. In addition, Advancing Justice - LA is a recognized expert on language access issues that affect immigrant communities, including relevant Federal and State laws, best practices and programs, and advocacy strategies.

Health Access Project

Meet our Health Access Team:

Doreena Wong
Project Director

Heng Foong
Senior Policy Manager

Leslie Toy
Program Manager

Eddie Hu
Health Program Coordinator

Marianna Yamamoto
Health Program Coordinator

Weiyu Zhang
Health Program Educator


Yanzie Chow
Health Program Assistant


The Health Access Project (HAP) works to create a more equitable, accessible health care system for the AANHPI communities throughout California and the U.S. through outreach, education, enrollment, and advocacy.

HAP aims to address the health care needs of the AANHPI communities and to increase access to affordable, quality and culturally and linguistically competent health care for AANHPIs.

The Health Access Project accomplishes our goals through:

  • Coalition and Capacity Building:  Support,  expand and strengthen statewide Health Justice Network (HJN) and other collaboratives to share information and resources about health care reform
  • Outreach, Education, and Enrollment:
    • Increase awareness and understanding of health care coverage options, promoting the value of purchasing health coverage, and changing attitudes to support health care reform
    • To support enrollment efforts and maximize the number of AANHPIs enrolled in California’s health care options, including Covered California and expanded Medi-Cal
  • Policy Advocacy: Conduct public policy advocacy on health care issues, including health care reform implementation in California under the ACA, to increase access to health care services by the AANHPI community, and to maximize AANHPI enrollment, retention, and utilization of the state’s new health care programs



For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356


도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395


Related Materials

Improving the Road to Coverage: Lessons Learned on Outreach, Education and Enrollment for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities

Improving the Road to Coverage: Policy Recommendations for Enrollment Success

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) presents a historic opportunity to provide affordable, quality health insurance and coverage to millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans.   

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.