Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs

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March 27, 2018

Commission of Asian & Pacific Islander (CAPI) Affairs


Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs

Cmsn. Unveils Three-Year Strategic Plan

As part of a three-year outlook and strategic plan, the Commission of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs has identified five core policy areas to guide the work of the Commission - in concert with the Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs. These key areas of focus will also be the basis for recommendations to the governor, elected officials and community engagement.

2018-2020 API Strategic Plan

Of the five core areas, the Commission has placed the highest priority on the following: 1) Voter Engagement; 2) Economic & Workforce Development; and 3) Healthcare.

Next CAPI meeting will be on Saturday, May 12 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the West Des Moines Library. All meetings are open to the public.


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Eldercare Resources

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families
Source: AARP

AARP Caregiving by Population

PACE Program – Is it a fit for your family?

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a specialized managed care program that provides preventive care, primary care, social services, therapeutic recreation, acute and long-term care services. The goal of this program is to protect and improve the health, quality of life, as well as allow an individual to remain living at home. More information about the program in this PACE Information Booklet.

If you are already a member enrolled with PACE, please contact your PACE provider before making any changes to your plan. Your PACE provider will assist you with dis-enrolling with PACE and enrolling with the IA Health Link Managed Care program.


  • Are 55 years of age or older
  • Reside in a county where PACE is provided
  • Live in a community home (at time of initial PACE approval)
  • Have Medicaid, dual Medicaid/Medicare or Medicare eligibility
  • Meet the medical supports for nursing facility level of care
PACE Counties Served in IowaPACE Iowa Providers

API Elderly Articles

“We don’t like to talk about death” — AARP VP on end-of-life care, and cultural taboos



A Survey of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 50 Years and Older on Fraud and Scams

Source: AARP Fraud Survey

Excerpt: “Nearly four in ten (39 percent) Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) age 50 and older report that they or their family members have experienced fraud schemes, according to the recent fraud survey from AARP.”

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Asian-American ethnicity associated with severe stroke, worse outcomes

Source: EurekAlert and American Stroke Association

Excerpt: “Asian Americans were more likely to experience a severe ischemic stroke and have worse outcomes than whites, according to preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2018, a world premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease for researchers and clinicians.”

Some Racial/Ethnic Groups Have Greater Chance of Developing High Blood Pressure Regardless of Weight or Where They Live

Source: Kaiser Permanente

Excerpt: “People who are African-American, American Indian/native Alaskan, Asian, or native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders have a significantly greater chance of developing hypertension than people who are white or Hispanic who are in the same weight category or live in neighborhoods with similar education levels.”


Hong Cuc Thi Nguyen

 Jefferson Award Recipient: Hong Cuc Thi Nguyen of Sioux City, Iowa

Source: Siouxland News

Born in Vietnam, Hong Cuc came to the US in 1981, flying from Malaysia to Colorado, where she would later land a job at the University of Iowa and then, move to Sioux City. Hong Cuc fell in love with the community and from 1991 to her retirement in 1999, she worked at the Mary J. Treglia Community House, as a liaison to hundreds of people in the Vietnamese community.

Doua Lor

This refugee is Des Moines' first southeast Asian police sergeantDoua Lor: Serving the Asian community

Source: Des Moines Register 

Contact Information for Des Moines Police Department’s Doua Lor

Video clip of remarks


March 29 at University of Northern Iowa, 7-9:00 PM

Economic Impacts of Refugees in Iowa

Panelists include Loren Bawn, Bureau of Refugee Services, Iowa Department of Human Services; Bram T. Elias and Hannah Shirey, University of Iowa College of Law; Mark Grey from the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology, UNI; and Mallory Petsche, of EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center), Waterloo.

Topics include what is a refugee; is there a difference between immigrants and refugees; what is the history of refugees in the U.S. and in Iowa; how does the U.S. compare to other countries of the world in terms of refugee settlement; and what are the economic impacts of the refugees in Iowa? Moderator is Shahina Amin, Lawrence Jepson professor of international economics at UNI.

The program is presented by the UNI Department of Economics and the Lawrence M. Jepson International Endowment.

Des Moines – ESL & Naturalization Classes at Oakridge Neighborhood Services

Contact: Almardi Abdalla,

Oakridge Classes


As directed by Congress, several hundred federal financial assistance programs rely on data derived from the Decennial Census to guide the geographic distribution of funds to states, counties, cities, and households.

Research from George Washington University – GW Institute of Public Policy

COUNTING FOR DOLLARS 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds 

Report #2: Estimating Fiscal Costs of a Census Undercount to States

GWU – Counting for Dollars project website

Census Impacts Federal Funding to Iowa

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2020 Census Will Reinstate Question On Citizenship Status

“The Commerce Department, which oversees the census, says the questionnaire will include a question about citizenship.”

Source: Iowa Public Radio