MAPAAC Resource Toolkit Benefits Asian Pacific Americans in Michigan
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LARA Communications 517-373-9280
February 6, 2017 - The Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) has developed a guide providing a comprehensive list of resources and services available to Asian Pacific Americans (APAs). The toolkit addresses concerns including navigating the American system, culture and language, difficulty accessing public services, and lack of resources for community centers.
“We are very excited to be able to provide this resource guide to all Asian Pacific Americans”, said Dr. Jamie Hsu, Chair of MAPAAC. “We will continue to listen to the voices of Asian Pacific Americans and include more resources as they become available.”
Eleven town hall meetings and assessment surveys with Asian partner organizations across Michigan identified the prevailing needs and concerns of APAs in Michigan. In response, MAPAAC created Michigan Resources Toolkit for Asian Families and Communities, a compilation of state agencies and organizations information all in one document for easy access. The guide includes where to go for help in addressing the topics of Bullying, Citizenship/English as a Second Language Classes & Immigration/Refugee Services, Elderly care, Healthcare, Domestic Violence & Mental Health; Medicare & Medicaid, and On Call Transportation.
The MAPAAC Toolkit is available online and can be downloaded from the MAPACC website. A hard-copy version is available by contacting Denise Yee Grim, MAPAAC Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAPAAC was established to advance the full and equal participation of APAs in the building of a greater Michigan. The Commission, made up of 21 individuals appointed by the
Governor, advises the Governor and state Legislature on policy matters and serves Michigan’s APA population by promoting their development and welfare and recognizing their achievements. Each member of the Commission has a specific interest or expertise in APA concerns.