Anonymous Reporting Form

If you or someone you know has been the victim of an anti-Asian assault, please fill out and submit the form. NAPCA cares about protecting our elders. Our collective voices will be heard.

 

Nominate Champions of Elders

Submit your selections for our 2021 Champions of AAPI Elders and recognize the work of individuals who exemplify our mission.

 

In-Home Vaccination Program

Los Angeles County residents: Get assistance in your native language to vaccinate at home.

 

NAPCA Employee Testifies to Expand Social Security

NAPCA employee Mrs. Prepedigma ‘Cora’ McDonnell testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee, sharing her personal story as a Social Security beneficiary.

 

NAPCA Mourns the Victims of the Atlanta Mass Shootings

 

NAPCA Launches COMPASS with Partners Nationwide

The AAPI community is experiencing inequities magnified by COVID-19. Learn how NAPCA and partners are using COMPASS to inform change.

 

NAPCA NEWS and In The News

Read our latest press releases and media coverage.

 

Help older adults live with dignity and respect

Your gift in any amount helps us in our mission to serve as the nation’s leading advocacy and service organization committed to the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of AAPIs as they age.

 

AAPI Underrepresentation in Research

Read what NAPCA is doing to change this and how you can help

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Thank You & Farewell

NAPCA President & CEO Joon Bang bids farewell to the organization.

Dear Friends and Partners,

Fulfilling NAPCA’s mission as President & CEO during the past three years against the backdrop of the longest government shutdown in American history, and a global pandemic, has taught me so much about what it means to be in service to our nation’s diverse and growing older population. What began as curiosity six years ago after seeing low-income elders from an ethnic enclave ushered in an unmarked charter bus to a casino (a hidden industry targeting the vulnerable) has since ignited my purpose to be an advocate for voiceless older adults. It was a listening session with our elders that sparked our 40 for 40 campaign to share their remarkable stories and served as the provenance of our job-pipeline initiative for older adults to address the ageism and cultural barriers that often exist for diverse mature workers.

I am extremely thankful for the committed and hardworking NAPCA team. Our staff and board of directors live the mantra, “our program participants first.” This team effort allowed us to resolve program and fiscal challenges that have followed NAPCA for many years. As a team, we’ve secured over $80 million of resources to serve our elders for the years to come, and in partnership with the University of California San Francisco, we’ve developed the first Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) research registry paving the way for the meaningful inclusion of AAPI in clinical and caregiving research. Our work was made possible by the solidarity and support we received from our community, philanthropic, government, corporate, and coalition partners.

We’ve also worked to ensure the nation’s limited English proficient and homebound AAPI older adults were cared for with free deliveries and transportation from Lyft, through the launch of our national multilingual helpline and online resources at the start of the pandemic. We expanded our multilingual Helpline to provide vaccine access nationwide and most recently partnered with LA County to help with mobile vaccinations. We also fought against damaging policies like the Public Charge Rule and repeal of language provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Rooted in our work during the past three years is the firm belief that language is the embodiment of history and culture, and that ultimately, language is power. That’s why we’ve worked to create equity in access to important resources for our elders with language barriers.

For many of us at NAPCA, we continue to reflect on the Atlanta shooting. Most of the victims were women of Asian heritage, mothers, and older adults. This tragedy felt close to home for me. After seeing a family photo of one of the victims and her two young sons, I was reminded of when my family – my mother, brother, and myself – first arrived in the US in the 1980s. Looking back, I remembered that we never talked about the racism and discrimination our family experienced growing up because we believed it was what we needed to endure to survive in America. Through the grief of the tragedy, I had the opportunity to examine myself as an advocate of older adults, but also find the courage to begin conversations with my mother about our own immigration experience. I imagine similar conversations were happening throughout the country (learn about the AAPI older adult population through this webinar conducted by NAPCA, Justice in Aging, and the National Center on Elder Abuse).

While making the decision to leave NAPCA was not easy, my next chapter will allow me to return to the part of the country where our family’s immigrant story began, a region where my mother still resides, and be a part of the work to advocate for the needs of diverse older adults in Washington, DC. Over the past month, I have been working with our board of directors to identify my successor and will continue to do so during my final month with the organization in September. I know that I will be leaving NAPCA in safe hands.

I’d like to end this letter with a request. Over the course of the next ten years, poverty impacting older adults will skyrocket tenfold. This means that time is not on our side and will require all of us to be part of solutions. Please get involved with NAPCA or reach out to a local organization working to uphold the dignity of older adults in your community. They need you and your support.

 

Our 2020 in Numbers

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Calls to Helpline

In response to COVID-19, NAPCA launched its free 1-800 Multilingual Phone Helpline for older adults and caregivers in March 2020. From March to December, the Helpline received over 3,100 calls from 10+ states. NAPCA’s Helpline counselors provide in-language support for COVID-19 Vaccine and COVID-19 emergency resources, Social Security, Medicare, general public benefits and more. NAPCA’s Helpline was featured by QUARTZ and covered by NBC News.

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Older Adults

In 2020, NAPCA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), in partnership with the US Department of Labor and over 400+ community based organizations, placed over 1047 older adults in non-profits and government agencies across the country. NAPCA worked with them to develop skills training to find employment, and quickly shifted to a virtual format to keep participants engaged and paid throughout the pandemic.

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Older Adults

The Senior Environmental Employment program (SEE) placed 162 working older adults in the Environmental Protection Agency. Of these, over 50% of the participants were age 70+.

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Award

NAPCA was one of 20 national non-profit organizations to receive a $14 million award per year, totaling $56 million to continue operating the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) over the next 4 years. SCSEP participants will operate in 59 counties in 7 states.

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AAPI Individuals

NAPCA is partnering with the University of California San Francisco to develop the nation’s first research registry for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and is actively recruiting 4,000 individuals. Learn about why this is important: CARE research registry.

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Website Views

The NAPCA website received almost 60,000 views throughout 2020. Of these, our National Resource Center for Older Adults and Caregivers and related resource pages received over 21,000 views. These include multilingual state-by-state resources, toolkits and guides for caregivers and organizations, and time sensitive resources around the 2020 Census and Presidential election.

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