|NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC
CENTER ON AGING
| 1511 Third Avenue
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2015 Contact: Wes Lum, (206) 624-1221
NAPCA Receives $150,000 Federal Grant to Help AAPI Medicare Beneficiaries
The Administration for Community Living awarded the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) $150,000 to provide technical assistance to Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) grantees to help them better reach and serve limited English proficient (LEP) Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Medicare beneficiaries.
“The Asian American and Pacific Islander populations are the fastest growing segments in the U.S., and this opportunity will empower AAPI older adults to understand the complexity of the Medicare system”, said Dr. Wes Lum, NAPCA President and CEO.
NAPCA will be partnering with two outstanding organizations – the Pacific Gateway Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) based in Washington, DC – who will assist with outreach and in the development of linguistically appropriate materials.
“SEARAC is honored to support this partnership,” said Ms. Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of SEARAC. “Our goal is to serve the needs of Southeast Asian American elders who face extreme linguistic isolation and cultural barriers to accessing mainstream aging service organizations.”
“We look forward to working with NAPCA on this much needed project,” said Dr. Tin Myaing Thein, Pacific Gateway Center Executive Director.
The objective of this grant is to increase the number of LEP AAPI Medicare beneficiaries who are aware of and utilize their Medicare benefits and who can identify and prevent Medicare fraud, error and abuse. NAPCA will build an AAPI Medicare Resource Center that will host resources, training and a toolkit, to assist SMP and SHIP grantees to better serve and reach LEP AAPI Medicare beneficiaries.
NAPCA’s mission is to preserve and promote the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islanders as they age.
NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC CENTER ON AGING
1511 Third Avenue Suite 914
Seattle, Washington 98101-1626
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2015 Contact: Wes Lum, (206) 624-1221
NAPCA Receives 5-year, $1.15 Million Federal Grant to be the National Technical Assistance Center for AAPI Older Adults
The Administration for Community Living awarded the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) a five-year grant totaling $1.15 million to serve as the national resource center on Asian American and Pacific Island (AAPI) aging.
The goal of this multi-year grant is to build the capacity of the nation’s Aging Network to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate information, supports, and services to AAPI seniors.
“We are honored to be working with the Administration for Community Living to ensure that our Aging Network will be armed with the tools necessary to reach our diverse AAPI senior population,” said Dr. Wes Lum, NAPCA President and CEO. NAPCA will focus on building and disseminating resources in four areas: elder justice, long-term supports and services, family caregiving, and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
NAPCA’s award winning, multilingual Helpline that is staffed with bilingual and bicultural consumer advocates will provide free, over-the-phone interpretation technical assistance to the Aging Network in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese to improve access to information and services for limited English proficient AAPI seniors.
Additionally, NAPCA will partner with four other racial and ethnic minority and LGBT national aging organizations to establish the National Consortium on Aging Resources for Seniors’ Equity to collectively help the Aging Network better understand the common needs and challenges of minority and LGBT senior populations.
AAPI older adults 65 and older are projected to number over 2.5 million by 2020, and by 2050 are projected to reach over 7.6 million. Nearly 1.9 million AAPI’s 65 years are older are currently foreign-born. “We look forward to helping mainstream aging network organizations serve difficult-to-reach AAPI populations in culturally appropriate ways,” said NAPCA Board Chair David Cohen. “This grant comes at an opportune time, enabling us to get this important work underway before the AAPI aging tsunami hits shore.”
NAPCA is the leading advocacy and service organization committed to the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islander elders as they age.
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