CARE Newsletter
In this issue, you will find upcoming events, news, and work that CARE's partners have been conducting to serve the diverse Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.

CARE Registry:

Giving AANHPI Communities a Voice Through Research

Currently, AANHPI populations are among the least represented groups in scientific research. The goal of CARE is to overcome barriers to research participation and connect AANHPI adults to various types of research.

As of January 22, 2023, 9,797 people have signed up to increase AANHPIs' representation in research!

Click to learn more about CARE Registry
Some examples of potential research studies that CARE registry participants may be contacted about include:

  • Prevention or treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Health issues across the lifespan
  • Caregiving issues and improving the health and wellness of caregivers

If you haven't already, please consider enrolling in CARE at:

Samoan (Sāmoa)
Watch our 30 second animated videos in

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's 

Thursday, February 16, 2023 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT 

Alzheimer's and other dementias cause memory, thinking, and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Join us to learn how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer's Association resources. 


Lauren Hibdon, MS, Family Services Manager, Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter

This event is presented on Zoom in English.

Registration Link

If you have any questions or comments,

please contact Lauren Hibdon ( or call (707) 573-1210.

Alzheimer’s Association is a CARE community partner. 

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 @ 2:00 - 3:00pm PDT 

In-Person at Agape Community Center and Virtual on Zoom

For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. 

Agape Community Center, 378 18th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121

This event is presented in Cantonese.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 850 2432 7154 

Password: 18378

Alzheimer’s Association is a CARE community partner. 

CARE Staff Presents COMPASS Poster at

SFBayCRN Meeting

On Friday, January 27th, two CARE staff members – Myka and Nicole – shared their poster presentation at the annual San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (SFBayCRN) meeting at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Reimagining Community Research Partnerships in a World Transformed by COVID-19." Myka and Nicole presented their findings of their thematic analysis of Asian Americans’ and Pacific Islanders’ experience with technology use during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

CARE Ambassador Program

The CARE Ambassador program is a volunteer opportunity by the CARE Registry, open to high school students, college students, and recent undergrad graduates. Participating as a CARE Ambassador will help leverage community connections and assist the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community to increase research participation and representation. Working as a CARE Ambassador will foster new learning experiences involving hosting virtual events, in-person tabling, and more depending on your capacity. CARE Ambassadors will also have the opportunity to gain skills in community outreach, data management, research, ethics, and team collaboration.

Upon completion of the program, CARE Ambassadors will receive a certificate as well as gained knowledge from our online trainings.  
Click here to apply!
After completion, you will be contacted shortly by our Ambassador team. 

New Project Launch: The KIMCHI Project

It is challenging to find accurate and up-to-date information on care and advance directives for Korean American caregivers. KIMCHI (Koreans Invested in Making Caregivers Health Important) is an educational outreach project that will provide information on various health topics tailored to the Korean American culture for caregivers and other stakeholders that serve Korean Americans. KIMCHI, funded by a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award, will share this information with Korean American caregivers and family members so they can feel comfortable using knowledge from the latest research to better care for themselves and their loved ones. Dr. Van Ta Park is the principal Investigator for this new project. 

Visit the KIMCHI project website to learn more.

Support KIMCHI on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube!

If you are interested in participating in KIMCHI, please fill out this online form and leave the following message in the message box “I found KIMCHI through the CARE e-newsletter.” You can also email to find out how to get involved.

New COMPASS Publication

Social Support and Technology Use and Their Association With Mental and Physical Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Asian Americans: The COMPASS Cross-sectional Study

This new COMPASS paper, published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, examines the relationship between social support and technology use on physical and mental health during the pandemic among AAPIs. Results highlight both mental and physical disparities across AAPI communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of social support.

Congratulations to CARE's principal and co-investigator's— Dr. Van Ta Park and Dr. Janice Tsoh— and fellow CARE team members —Dr. Bora Nam, Dr. Marian Tzuang, and Dr. Oanh Meyer— on your newest publication!

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The Asian Cohort for Alzheimer’s Disease (ACAD)
is looking for volunteers!
Asians are among the fastest growing populations in the United States and Canada, yet they are underrepresented in Alzheimer’s disease research.

The ACAD study is a collaboration across multiple universities and community partners in the U.S. and Canada to better understand how genetics and lifestyle factors impact Alzheimer’s disease risk in Asian Americans and Asian Canadians. Dr. Van Park (CARE Principal Investigator) is one of the principal investigators for ACAD, and UCSF is one of the recruitment sites. This study will be looking for healthy volunteers, people concerned about their memory and thinking, and people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease who are 60 years old or older. 

Edie Yau (Alzheimer's Association) and Quyen Vuong (International Children Assistance Network) (both CARE Community Advisory Board members) also serve on the ACAD Community Advisory Board. Joyce Cheng, Executive Director of the Chinese Community Health Resource Center (also a CARE Community Advisory Board member), is one of ACAD's community partners.

All participants will be compensated for their time and effort.  

Visit ACAD study website or the animated videos in EnglishCantoneseMandarinKorean, and Vietnamese for more information.

If you are interested in participating in the study,
fill out this online form or email
The Vietnamese Insights into Aging Program (VIP)
The Vietnamese Insights into Aging Program (VIP) is a brand-new study funded by the National Institute on Aging and is a collaboration between academic universities (UC Davis and UCSF) and community-based organizations (ARI and ICAN). The purpose of this study is to better understand factors that impact thinking and memory in the Vietnamese American community. Dr. Oanh Meyer (CARE Co-Investigator) is the Principal Investigator (PI) of VIP and Dr. Van Ta Park (CARE PI) along with several CARE Co-Investigators are also involved in VIP.

In January 2022, we will be recruiting volunteers who: 
  • identify as Vietnamese American 
  • are 65 years or older 
  • reside in Northern California 
  • can speak either English or Vietnamese
  • have immigrated from Vietnam 

All participants will be compensated for their time and effort.  

If you are interested in participating in the VIP study, 
Bay Area residents (San Francisco Bay area including San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, etc.), contact us at or (408) 609-9144. 
Sacramento residents, contact us at or (916) 432-4197.

I honestly don’t like talking about my mom’s struggles to my family, but when the topic does come up, I don’t avoid it and I have an open and honest conversation with anyone in my family. I haven’t had the chance to talk much about dementia with people outside my immediate family. Research informed my family and I about what the best course of action for my mother was. 
Read more about Mi-Kyung's story
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