Tina Shaw - Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs

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June 28, 2018

Commission of Asian & Pacific Islander (CAPI) Affairs


Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs

On the Road: CAPI's Sioux City Community Listening Session

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DHR's Commission of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs traveled to Sioux City for the 7th Annual Siouxland Asian Festival on June 16 to meet with Northwest Iowa's API community. Commissioners Peggy La and George Sayavong helped to bring this heritage festival to Northwest Iowans. It was also a time to remember former Commissioner Sayavong who dedicated nearly 10 years of public service to the state as a CAPI Commissioner and positively impacted Sioux City through his work counseling youth. A local scholarship was created in his memory.

The next CAPI Community Listening Session will take place concurrently with the 5th Annual Cedar Rapids Asian Fest on July 28. Join us!

2018 Cedar Rapids Asian Fest

DHR #IowasImmigrants Series

API Feature: Matsalyn Brown



Follow us on Twitter @IowaDHR to read the rest of Matsalyn's immigrant story and many others'.


US CENSUS 2020 - Children

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book - State Trends in Child Well-Being was released on June 28.

Excerpt: "Roughly 300 federal programs use census-derived data to allocate more than $800 billion per year. If kids are missed in the national count, vital programs stand to lose funding — a scenario that would cause the greatest harm to children of color, children in low-income families and children in immigrant families."


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Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, October 14-20, 2018

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA - US Dept. of Commerce) will present a series of 'Powered by MBDA' workshops and seminars at a conference in Austin, Texas that will focus on federal government resources including trade/exports, infrastructure, and federal procurement opportunities. MBDA will also host the MBDA Pavilion where minority entrepreneurs and business owners can obtain one-on-one business counseling and coaching sessions. Learn more about MED Week, conference workshops, and how to nominate a minority business for the National Minority Business Award here: http://bit.ly/2Kslv8Q


Mothers With Diabetes Are More Likely To Have Autistic Children - New Study


"A new study suggests that women who have any form of diabetes while pregnant are at a higher risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder. This also includes women who had type 2 diabetes their entire life and those who may not have had diabetes prior to their pregnancy but did develop it while carrying their child."

"For women, having diabetes increases their risks of having a heart attack by four times. Women who are African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Latin-American are more likely to have diabetes." 

Study: Kaiser Permanente Health System - Southern California
Source: Tech Times 



"The challenges to internal resilience in the Pacific Islands are both structural — in the form of issues arising from population growth, urbanization, land, immigration, health, and gender relations — and particular to the political situation in each Island nation."

Source: Lowry Institute (Australia)