The AHEAD Act - AB 1726

California is home to the nation’s largest Asian American and second largest Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. The Census Bureau, which has identified 23 distinct communities within the Asian American population and 19 within the NHPI population, calculates that each population grew by 34% and 29%, respectively, between 2000 and 2010. Despite the diversity of California’s large API population, state agencies only disaggregate demographic data for a few of the major API groups. By failing to measure a large portion of the API population, California is unable to track the progress of the most disadvantaged segments of that population.

AB 1726 takes a critical and necessary step for the API community by requiring higher education institutions and public health agencies to disaggregate data for additional API groups. We need transparent data systems that reveal, not conceal, our community's needs and unique strengths, and allow resources to be used in better, more targeted, and more efficient ways to improve lives for ALL APIs in California.

Update: AB 1726 Passed and Signed Into Law!

Co-Sponsor statement: Governor Brown Signs AB 1726: AANHPI Communities Celebrate Visibility for Health Equity (September 26, 2016)

Press release: Governor Signs Bonta Bill to Uncover Health Disparities in the API Community (September 25, 2016) 


Fact Sheet on AB 1726 - official fact sheet on the bill

AB 1726 Bill Information - link to bill text and vote history

AHEAD Act / AB 1726 Messaging Guide - how to talk about AB 1726 with friends, family, and the media

Frequently Asked Questions - answers to your questions about AB 1726

Statements of Support

120 California-based organizations have signed on to support AB 1726

Statement of support from Chinese for Affirmative Action (March 24, 2016)

Statement of support from the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, a coalition of 35 national organizations (March 23, 2016)

Take Action

Sign the petition to make All Californians Count!

Send a letter of support from your organization.

Like the All Californians Count Facebook page.

Take a selfie with our All Californians Count sign and send it with your zip code to We'll post it on our Facebook page and use it to show support for the bill. You can also make it your Facebook profile picture!


For more information, contact Cat Nou at cat [at] or 916.594.7859.