NYU School of Medicine’s Center for the Study of Asian American Health with co-host AARP presents Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Health Conference


NEW YORKThe Center for the Study of Asian American Health at NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health will hold its 8th Biennial Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Health Conference, co-hosted by AARP, called “Aging Together, Bridging Generations” on Monday, September 26th, 2016. As the older population in the United States rapidly grows and becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, the goals of the conference are to bring together diverse stakeholders from across the country to discuss and prioritize healthy aging in our Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander communities.

“Given these projected demographic shifts we are very excited to co-host our 8th biennial AA and NHPI health conference on healthy aging with AARP,” said Simona C. Kwon, DrPH, MPH, assistant professor and director of the Center for the Study of Asian American Health at NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health. “It is our hope that the conference will foster opportunities to identify, share, and pursue innovative, collaborative research to implement healthy aging strategies to optimize the health of the growing population of AA and NHPI older adults.”

The event features 27 speakers from health, community-based organizations, nonprofit groups, academic institutions and governmental agencies across the country including:

• Jeanette Takamura, dean of the Columbia University School of Social Work, and former Assistant Secretary of Aging for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who will provide opening remarks about nationally elevating healthy aging

• Richard Lui, NBC & MSNBC Anchor & Maj. Gen. Tony Taguba, AARP Community Ambassador, who will share firsthand experiences on the importance of caregivers and their families

• Charlotte Yeh, AARP Services, Inc. chief medical officer, who will provide a vision on how we can reframe aging to promote better health

Topics that will be covered include

• Prioritizing Meaningful Data for Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders

• Social Isolation in Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Communities

• Culture-Centered Approaches to Dementia

• Caregiving in the Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Communities

• Improving Health at the Community Level: Community-Based Innovative Approaches and Promising Practices

“The Aging Together conference is a unique event that provides a forum for community-based organizations, hospitals, academic institutions, and nonprofits to engage and collaborate on issues affecting Asian American older adults and their families,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP vice president of multicultural leadership, Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience Strategy.

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