“On October 21, 2020, USA Today published Asian Americans in San Francisco are dying at alarming rates from COVID-19: Racism is to blame. The report highlights the suffering of Asian American communities because of health, language, and economic inequities magnified by the pandemic. The COMPASS study is an important initiative and serves as a vehicle for our communities to be heard. We’re thankful to our partners nationwide for joining us in this effort and we invite all AAPIs (particularly our elders) to share their experiences through the survey,” said, Joon Bang, NAPCA’s President & CEO.
To ensure our diverse AAPI communities across the country have access to the COMPASS survey study, we are collaborating with organizations serving in the western, midwestern, southern, and eastern parts of the United States. Our partnerships include: UNITED SIKHS (Queens, New York), Chinese Community Center (Houston, Texas), Hmong Cultural Center (Saint Paul, Minnesota), Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center (Boston, Massachusetts), and Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
“Hmong Cultural Center is very pleased to be a partner in this critical survey of the National Asian community about the impact of COVID-19 on elders and other community members. It is important to us that the experiences of Hmong Americans be part of this effort” – Txongpao Lee, Executive Director, Hmong Cultural Center
“UNITED SIKHS is grateful to NAPCA for giving opportunity to the Sikh community to participate in the survey and put forward their experiences. Collecting diversified data is important for success for any project. We hope in future we can collaborate on other projects for the betterment of the immigrant population.” – UNITED SIKHS
“[We are committed to] safeguarding and promoting wellness during the Covid-19 crisis.” – Chinese Community Center
“We are pleased to partner with NAPCA on their COMPASS project surveying the impact of COVID-19 on the AAPI senior community,” shared George Choe, President & CEO of Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation. “Our recent trauma informed conversations, with over 1700 Greater Philadelphia community Asian American seniors, clearly demonstrated the challenges and needs of this community. We appreciate NAPCA’s leadership in this project as COVID-19’s real magnitude of impact remains uncertain!” – Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation
“As the leading agency in serving Asian, specifically Chinese-speaking, seniors in Massachusetts, we look forward to supporting this national research study. Asian communities’ experiences and perspectives on COVID-19 will greatly inform policies, programs, and treatments that meet the needs of our communities during and following the pandemic.” – Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center
We invite eligible individuals from our AAPI communities to take part in COMPASS by sharing your unique experiences and perspectives related to COVID-19. By participating in COMPASS, you will help inform future policies, programs and additional research that can alleviate the adverse effects of COVID-19 for AAPI communities. From now until May31st, 2021, you can participate in COMPASS by completing the online survey (available in 5 languages).
Bilingual live operators in English, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 8:30 am – 1:00 pm (PST) to answer questions about COMPASS and assist with enrollment online and over the phone. NAPCA’s Helpline is available to assist in the following languages:
Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese: 1-800-582-4336
The NAPCA Helpline is currently available with live support for residents in Los Angeles and Seattle in five different languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Korean. All Helpline counselors are available every Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm PST. The Helpline provides resources and information on the COVID-19, voicemail option to collect stories from older adults and their caregivers, and guided meditations in 8 languages.
English: 1-800-336-2722 | 廣東話: 1-800-582-4218 | 普通话: 1-800-683-7427 | 한국어: 1-800-582-4259 | 日本語: 1-800-398-1117 | Tagalog: 1-800-593-8087 | Tiếng Việt: 1-800-582-4336 | Español: 1-800-948-3844
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
Founded in 1979, NAPCA is a national non-profit organization that preserves and promotes the dignity, well-being and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and diverse older adults. In its 40 years, NAPCA has served over 100,000 diverse older adults through the organization’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE), and its Resource Center. For more information, please visit: www.napca.org.