Call for Resolution Authors!

APAMSA's Advocacy branch is launching our resolutions cycle for Fall 2020 in August! Do you have an area of AAPI-related health policy that you are passionate about? This is your opportunity to manifest your ideas as national APAMSA policy. As an author you will have the unique responsibility of shaping APAMSA's future actions and values, and your resolution may impact our organization's advocacy initiatives for AAPI health on a national level.

To help brainstorm/write a resolution, check out this mastersheet and put your name down next to the resolution you'd like to help with. Don't see a resolution you think should be on the list? Start a new one and others will sign up to help you write it! If you have never written a resolution before, don't fret! We will guide you through the process.

First drafts should be completed by September 15 for Advocacy branch directors to provide feedback, and final drafts will be due sometime in October-November. Our Spring cycle saw two new resolutions added to APAMSA's policy compendium! You can also click here for a refresher on resolutions and their importance!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email our Resolutions Director at!

APAMSA Policy Compendium

If APAMSA is missing a resolution on an important area of AAPI-related health policy, please reach out to our Resolutions Director at

Last Updated: 10/2021

10.000 Health System Reform

10.001 Defending Access to Affordable Health Care

1) APAMSA recognizes that increased access, quality, and affordability should be the guiding principles of any move to reform health care; 2) APAMSA supports actions that increase the number of insured AAPI’s, expand essential health benefits, and improve the quality and affordability of health care; 3) APAMSA opposes actions that make health care less accessible and less affordable for AAPI communities. (Res 3, A-18)

10.002 Calling for Disaggregation of AAPI Health Outcomes Data

1) APAMSA advocate for federal/state legislation and other efforts by organizations and public agencies to disaggregate data regarding health outcomes and representation in medicine of multiple ethnic groups of the Asian American and Pacific Islander umbrella. (Res 3, B-18)

10.003 Promoting Access to Linguistic and Culturally Relevant Health Care

1) APAMSA supports efforts by medical schools and academic hospitals to emphasize to students and residents that good clinical practice requires the provision of culturally and linguistically relevant health care; 2) APAMSA support efforts to make all health resources and services available in as many languages as is clinically necessary, and to create a culture that encourages clinicians to provide equitable care to LEP patients; 3) APAMSA supports increased funding towards efforts and innovative practices that alleviate cultural and language barriers to health care. (Res 4, B-18)

10.004 Addressing the Lack of AAPI Health Outcomes Data

1) APAMSA supports the inclusion of Asian American patients in clinical trials; 2) APAMSA opposes actions by federal agencies that result in obscuring of AAPI data or discouragement of AAPI participation in surveys and Census questionnaires to the extent that they may ultimately harm AAPI health.

10.005 Reaffirming that Vaccinations are a Public Health Advancement

1) APAMSA supports efforts by public officials to increase vaccinations; 2) APAMSA will strongly advocate for vaccinations for the public and support legislative limits on exemptions from vaccinations.

10.006 Support of a Single-Payer Universal Health Care System

1) APAMSA recognizes that a single payer universal health care system would grant coverage to all AANHPI's, as well as improve access, quality, and accessibility of health care for all AANHPI's; 2) APAMSA supports the implementation of a single payer universal health care system in the United States; 3) APAMSA supports intermediate actions that would facilitate a transition to a single payer universal health care system without increasing the number of uninsured or underinsured AANHPI’s.

20.000 Immigration

20.001 Protecting Undocumented Patients at Student-Run Clinics and Teaching Hospitals

1) APAMSA recognizes fears of detention and deportation as significant deterrents for immigrant families seeking health care; 2) APAMSA supports efforts by chapters to educate student-run clinics about the rights and options of undocumented immigrants seeking care; 3) APAMSA encourages initiatives to distribute language-appropriate printouts at student health clinics that express APAMSA’s support of undocumented immigrants’ rights and access to healthcare, and also directs them to resources such as pro bono legal help; 4) APAMSA encourages efforts to recruit specialists to offer pro-bono help at these clinics, including services such as post-surgical rehabilitation; 5) APAMSA opposes the presence of ICE at teaching hospitals and medical school rotation sites; 6) APAMSA supports legislation and policy designating healthcare facilities as sensitive locations where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforcement actions cannot occur. (Res 1, A-18)

20.002 Supporting Refugee and Migrant Health and Safety

1) APAMSA encourages efforts by chapters to promote and advocate for the health and safety of refugees and migrants; 2) APAMSA oppose any actions or policies that involve separation of immigrant children from their families; 3) APAMSA support greater public oversight of living conditions within public and private detention facilities to ensure they meet the standards set by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. (Res 1, B-18)

20.003 Supporting Health Care Access for Undocumented Immigrants

APAMSA supports efforts by public officials to make health coverage more accessible to undocumented individuals, including measures to expand Medicaid and other public health plans to income-eligible individuals regardless of immigration status.

20.004 Opposition to Broad Orders Preventing Entry for Visiting Chinese Scholars

1) APAMSA recognizes the important role that international students play in maintaining diversity and quality of higher education in the United States; 2) APAMSA opposes all legislation that broadly bans entry of Chinese or other Non-US resident API visiting scholars, recognizing the detrimental impact that such legislation has on domestic race relations and Asian American/Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian health.

30.000 Mental Health

30.001 Increasing Mental Health Resources and Fighting Stigma

1) APAMSA supports increased mental health resources at undergraduate and medical schools; 2) APAMSA supports efforts at undergraduate and medical schools to promote awareness of mental health resources and reduce stigma surrounding mental illness; 3) APAMSA supports legislation that increases access to culturally and linguistically relevant mental health care. (Res 2, A-18)

40.000 Racial Disparities

40.001 Advocating for Recognition of Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders as URM

1) APAMSA will reach out to scholarship programs, pipeline programs, and other programs aimed at or catered to URM students and urge them to be inclusive of Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander students in all communications promoting their programs; 2) APAMSA will ask AAMC and AACOM to release a statement calling on medical schools to consider including Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander students in outreach and admissions efforts intended to increase student body diversity.

40.002 Improving Campus Diversity Initiatives

1) APAMSA believes the core mission of all campus diversity committees and initiatives should include a) active recruitment of URM students and b) curriculum reform efforts aimed at equipping students with the tools to address structural barriers to health care; 2) APAMSA encourages all chapters to work closely with diversity programs at their schools in pursuit of the above two goals through activities that include (but are not limited to) active involvement in the admissions process, calls for positive change to university policies, and periodic evaluation of their university’s fulfillment of specific, measurable diversity objectives; 3) APAMSA will collaborate with AMA-MSS, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS), and other concerned organizations on national initiatives aimed at the recruitment of URM students into medicine.

40.003 Defending Race-Conscious Admissions in Undergraduate Medical Education

1) APAMSA recognizes that increased enrollment of students from communities that are historically underrepresented in medicine is beneficial and necessary for improving patient care; 2) APAMSA supports the use of race-conscious recruitment, admission, and retention practices by medical schools in the pursuit of a diverse and inclusive student population; 3) APAMSA opposes legislation and efforts that would dissolve or otherwise deter medical schools from employing race-conscious admissions policy to promote a diverse and inclusive student population.

40.004 Against Racism in Medicine​

1) APAMSA opposes all forms of racism both in medicine and in society at large; 2) APAMSA actively promotes an antiracist culture, including but not limited to a) rejecting all race-based medicine & science (e.g. race-based adjustments in eGFR and pulmonary function tests) and affirming that racism, not race, is a risk factor, b) supporting the creation of organized student anti-racism coalitions, including collaboration with other minority-based student organizations to address these issues within education, research, and clinical practices, and c) supporting institutional funding and creation of offices, staff, and spaces dedicated specifically to the needs of underrepresented groups in medicine.

40.005 Denouncing Housing Discrimination of AANHPI​

1) APAMSA supports further research on the impact of housing discrimination on health and health inequities in AANHPI communities; 2) APAMSA denounces AANHPI housing discrimination in all its forms, and supports legislation and national fair housing policies that address persistent patterns of discrimination and inequity that negatively impact AANHPI health.

40.006 Denouncing Gun Violence and Supporting Gun Reform

1) APAMSA denounces gun violence, recognizing it as a imminent and preventable public health crisis which requires comprehensive public health and legislative response and solutions; 2) APAMSA supports a) federal and state research on firearm-related injuries and deaths; b) increased funding for and the use of state and national firearms injury databases to inform health policy; and c) legislative action for sensible gun laws that include, but are not limited to, promoting adequate oversight of firearms and ammunition, banning assault-type weapons, supporting gun buyback programs, mandatory training and licensing, and safe and secure firearm storage.

40.007 Redefining AAPI/APIA as AANHPI

1) APAMSA will henceforth use “AANHPI” in all future initiatives, published materials, and communications when referring to communities it represents, 2) APAMSA will release a statement encouraging U.S. medical schools and relevant stakeholders to acknowledge the unique history and cultural obstacles faced by Native Hawaiian communities; 3) APAMSA supports further research on the impact of discrimination and historical injustices on health outcomes and health inequities in the Native Hawaiian population.

40.008 Rectifying the Inequitable and Racist Effects of “The Flexner Report”

1) APAMSA will (a) acknowledge the harm created and sustained by the adoption of “The Flexner Report” and (b) work with appropriate stakeholders to create, distribute, and promote curricular materials that educate about this history; 2) APAMSA will advocate for the commissioning of a new comprehensive study to evaluate medical education in the United States, incorporating standards on antiracism, health equity, and justice training as well as other interventions preparing medical trainees to care for an increasingly diverse patient population; 3) APAMSA will advocate for the creation of HBCU-affiliated medical schools and support funding efforts for currently existing and future HBCU-affiliated medical schools, with the goal of achieving a physician workforce that is proportional to the general population in terms of race and ethnicity; 4) APAMSA will work with appropriate stakeholders to increase the number of scholarships, loan repayment programs, and other relevant measures to minimize the financial burden of medical training for Black medical students and other groups underrepresented in medicine; 5) APAMSA will advocate for studying the possibility of including antiracism competency as a part of graduation requirements for LCME- and COCA-accredited medical schools as well as ACGME-accredited residency programs.