CAPAC Statement on the Passage of Critical South Asian Heart Health Bill

Jul 28, 2022

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act, which will create health promotion grants at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop culturally appropriate materials to promote heart health. This bill, authored and championed by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, would also establish a clearinghouse of information through the National Institute of Health (NIH) and conduct research on cardiovascular disease and other heart ailments among communities disproportionately affected by heart disease, including South Asian Americans. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu and Rep. Pramila Jayapal celebrated the passage of this landmark legislation and released the following statements:

CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27):

“I am so proud to support the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act, which is not only going to raise awareness about the prevalence of heart disease in the South Asian American community but will also save lives across the nation. Language barriers, health stigmas and a lack of data surrounding AANHPI health are just some of the challenges communities of color face when accessing care. This bill is going to tackle these issues — helping to reverse these frightening trends and better protect South Asian Americans nationwide, as well as patients of all races and ethnicities. Yesterday’s passage is a perfect example of how Congress can take concrete steps to better advocate and care for our communities nationwide. I thank Congresswoman Jayapal for her vision and leadership on behalf of our communities and Speaker Pelosi for all her efforts to ensure the passage of this CAPAC-endorsed bill, and I look forward to swift action in the Senate to move this legislation forward.”

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07):

“Yesterday was an important day for the South Asian community. This is the culmination of years of work from both inside and outside Congress to address one of the most devastating silent killers of South Asian Americans in our country. With the passage of my bill, the House of Representatives continues to live up to its commitment of being a people’s body that responds to the challenges that different communities face. To South Asian Americans across the country, we hope that the passage of this bill is a meaningful sign that diverse representation matters and that your engagement, advocacy and participation in our democracy can bring meaningful progress for communities everywhere.”