CAUSE VOTE Initiatives Hosts “Healthcare in the Immigrant Community: A Town Hall”


Contact: Haidee Pan
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: (213)269-4639

Who: Speakers / Panelists:
Peter Barth | Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, First 5 LA
Gabrielle Lessard | Senior Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Doreena Wong | Project Director-Health Access Project, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles

What: This panel-style discussion will provide a space for students and community members concerned about the recent issues surrounding the concept of public charge and how it can potentially pose a significant threat to low-income and/or immigrant communities. The proposal by the current Administration to broaden the definition of the term would threaten immigrants and their families’ access to Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and many other services.

Why: The subject of healthcare, affordability, & access is a hotly debated and highly complicated matter. The current Administration is working towards a number of healthcare and immigration reforms, such as repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), enacting a policy of child-separation, and re-shaping conversations surrounding the definition of the term “public charge,” leaving many in the country who require or may soon require medical attention in a state of confusion and anxiety.

Our Healthcare Town Hall will equip our community and its young leaders with the knowledge and tools necessary to create informed and positive impacts for the greater community. The panel portion of the program will provide a platform for attendees to engage with speakers, submit public comment to the federal government, and register to vote.

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Where: Ground Zero Performance Cafe / University of Southern California
615 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90007

On-campus parking is available for $12. Use the McCarthy Way Entrance (Gate 3), enter off Figueroa at McCarthy Way.

Limited metered parking surrounding the USC campus is also available.

Interview Opportunities:

There will be a Q&A segment of the town hall that press may participate in. Interviews may be conducted after the program at the discretion of the speakers.

Photo Opportunities:

Speakers / Panelists: Peter Barth, Gabrielle Lessard, Doreena Wong

About CAUSE VOTE Initiatives

The CAUSE Voter Outreach, Training, and Education (VOTE) Initiatives, is a year-round civic engagement program that includes voter registration and voter pledges, candidate debates, voter education and registration workshops, and community issue town halls for Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) of all ages.

In order for our APA communities to be aware, mobilize, and vote in future political debates, our Voter Outreach, Training, and Education (VOTE) Initiatives provide culturally-aware outreach resources to encourage civic participation. We understand that our communities need to have the knowledge, access, and network to be fully immersed in our democracy. Our programs inspire APAs of all ages to voice their vote and define their future. Our community issue town halls provide a greater understanding of various issues that directly impact the APA community.

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (213) 269-4639 or email at General information can be obtained from our website at Our office is located at 1605 W Olympic Boulevard, Suite 1027, Los Angeles, CA 90015.