Tina Shaw - Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs

iowa department of human rights

March/April Edition

Commission of Asian & Pacific Islander (CAPI) Affairs


Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs


  • CAPI - Medicare 101 in SXC

  • HEALTHCARE: Intersectional Stress Study
  • ELDERCARE: Medicare Webinar

  • Cultural Events & News: CR Independent Film Festival; Women of Excellence Awards; World of Cultures Celebration
  • ELDERCARE: New Medicare App

  • Career Fair: Build My Future
  • ECONOMY: Minority Buying Power
  • Iowa Flooding Resources
  • EDUCATION: API School Discipline Study
  • Global Human Rights Reviews
  • HEALTHCARE: Heart Disease
  • DHR Human Rights Youth Chapters
  • HEALTHCARE: Mental Health
  • Applications Now Accepted:  IYC & SIYAC


CAPI - Medicare 101 Education

In partnership with Mary J. Treglia Community House, a nonprofit providing resources and services to area immigrants and refugees, CAPI Commissioner Peggy La convened a Medicare 101 education event in Siouxland for area API elders and caregivers. The event helped to bring a very confusing topic and process into focus. CAPI thanks Lisa & Jimmy Ung of World Financial Group for teaching us the ins & outs of Medicare, and sincere appreciation to our volunteer multi-lingual interpreters who donated their time and energy on a Sunday afternoon for the benefit of API senior citizens.


SXC Medicare 101_2019

Please contact the Iowa Office of API Affairs for resources that were provided at this event. Medicare is a federal program administered by the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) - Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Additional resources may be found at www.medicare.gov



When: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Central Time)

An upcoming webinar hosted by Center for Medicare Advocacy with Medicare Rights Center and Justice in Aging will examine several current issues facing Medicare beneficiaries. Presentations by Center for Medicare Advocacy Associate Director David Lipschutz with special guests Lindsey Copeland, Federal Policy Director of Medicare Rights Center and Justice in Aging Deputy Director Jennifer Goldberg.

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/2KbWqmS


New Medicare “What’s Covered” App

The new “What’s Covered” app lets people with Original Medicare, caregivers and others quickly see whether Medicare covers a specific medical item or service. Consumers can now use their mobile device to more easily get accurate, consistent Original Medicare coverage information in the doctor’s office, the hospital, or anywhere else they use their mobile device. In addition to the “What’s Covered” app, through Blue Button 2.0, the agency is enabling beneficiaries to connect their claims data to applications and tools developed by innovative private-sector companies to help them understand, use, and share their health data.

SOURCE: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  

ECONOMY - Minority Buying Power 

Selig Center’s Multicultural Economy Report shows minority groups have a combined buying power of $3.9 trillion

The Multicultural Economy Report calculates the consumer buying power—or total income after taxes—for minority markets in the U.S.: African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans. 

Asian Americans command an estimated 6.2 percent of the nation’s total buying power, roughly $1 trillion. The 267 percent increase since 2000 makes the Asian market the fastest-growing minority market in the country, with a buying power greater than the gross domestic product of Turkey.

SOURCE: Multicultural Economy Report - Selig Center (University of Georgia)
Related Article: Atlanta Business Chronicle

EDUCATION - School Discipline

Schools lack a clear view of Asian and Pacific Islander discipline disparities

The University of Washington and Lewis & Clark College in Oregon released findings showing that discipline outcomes varied considerably among Asian and Pacific Islander subgroups. Students from Southeast Asian countries, like Vietnam and Cambodia, had suspension and expulsion rates that were 2 to 3 times higher than those from China, Japan and other East Asian countries, according to the study.

SOURCE: Ethnic Discipline Gap: Unseen Dimensions of Racial Disproportionality in School Discipline

Related article: Ed Source

HEALTHCARE - Heart Disease

Filipino, Vietnamese heart disease death risk higher than other Asian-American groups;
Asian-Indian, Filipino, and Vietnamese populations experience the greatest years of life lost from heart attacks and stroke.

Source: American Heart Association

Related Article: UPI

HEALTHCARE - Mental Health

Exploring Challenges in Conducting: E-Mental Health Research Among Asian American Women

Challenges of conducting e-mental health intervention research among Asian American women are explored. A proposed model for addressing these barriers included. Based on an extensive literature review, two main types of barriers to conducting e-mental health intervention research among Asian American women were identified: recruitment barriers and adherence barriers

Source: University of Hawaii

Discussion Paper: API Nursing Journal

HEALTHCARE - Intersectional Stress Study

Empirical research has largely ignored the potential links between immigration-related stress and disability as well as immigration-related stress and health service utilization despite increasing scholarship on the association between acculturative stress and health. This study examines the associations between acculturative stress, disability, and health treatment utilization among Asian and Latin American immigrants in the United States.

Data were from the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS), a nationally representative survey of Asians and Latinos living in the United States. The analytic sample contained 2653 immigrants.

Study Conclusion: Acculturative stress may be an important yet overlooked correlate of disability among immigrants in the United States. Non-health care services may provide an effective pathway for intervening for these individuals.

SOURCE: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

 Cultural Events & News


Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

Film: Do We Belong?

An Indian immigrant in Kansas is shot and killed in a senseless hate crime, leaving his wife to grapple with the question of whether America is truly her home. After this tragic event his widow, Sunayana Dumala, was faced with not only the loss of her husband, but complications that arose with her own immigration status now that he was gone. This film explores these events and the subsequent attempts to find healing. Following the screening, Sunayana along with a panel, including her husband’s co-workers and local diversity consultants, will participate in a discussion about the film and efforts that are being made to address these issues. They will share their viewpoints on immigration, advancing diversity awareness, inclusion, and related educational training in trying to establish better relationships and increase understanding among the many populations that are interacting with each other in the workplace and everyday life.

The film screening and panel discussion is a part of the CRIFF Saturday Afternoon Session and included as part of a full-event pass that takes place on Saturday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m. More details at https://www.crifm.org/


35th Annual Women of Excellence

Hong Cuc Nguyen of Sioux City was awarded The Marilyn Murphy Lifetime Achievement at the 35th annual "Women of Excellence" ceremony hosted by Women Aware, a nonprofit that honors women working to improve the community. 



World of Cultures Celebration - Des Moines Public Schools

DMPS World of Culture flyer

Construction Trades Career Fair

for High School Youth

Sponsors include Future Ready Iowa, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development, National Association of Home Builders and Skilled Labor Funds. A similar event was held in Missouri - watch the video here.


Build My Future

"Build My Future" seeks to raise awareness of career and apprenticeship opportunities in the construction trades among high-school youth. Event time: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM with lunch provided. Organizers ask that all registration forms be submitted no later than April 12.

Build My Future_reg 2019



Here are some ways you can donate to help those affected by the flooding in Iowa. 

If you have been impacted by flooding, please check here to see if you are eligible for flood assistance. 

Link to public safety precautions and information provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health.  

Global Human Rights Reviews

Countries have different priorities when they review each other’s human rights records

Under a peer-to-peer evaluation process established in the late 2000s, every member state in the United Nations faces a periodic review of its human rights record by countries on the UN Human Rights Council. But the issues raised in these reviews can vary substantially depending on which countries are doing the reviewing, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.

SOURCE: PEW Research Center


DHR Human Rights Chapters 2019


 Iowa Youth Congress & State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council

We are now accepting applications

IYC flyer 2019

IYC Application (.pdf): http://bit.ly/2KiM5FS
IYC Google Forms Application:  http://bit.ly/2FY0wJX

SIYAC 2019 front brochureSIYAC 2019 brochure page 2

SIYAC Application: http://bit.ly/2YXd6lp


For more information regarding IYC and SIYAC or the application process, contact Claire Yocom at Claire.Yocom@iowa.gov or 515-725-2836, or go to https://humanrights.iowa.gov/cas/siyac

The Iowa Department of Human Rights offers more opportunities for youth engagement. For more information, please visit website https://humanrights.iowa.gov/