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 April 30, 2023, 9949 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)
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Inaugural RAMS Breaking Barriers Forum

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 @ 11:30 AM - 3:45 PM PST

The General's Residence at Fort Mason

1 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123

May 10th has been designated as APA Mental Health Day because of the efforts of RAMS and its community partners. This year join us for this dynamic conversation about mental health challenges experienced by the Asian & Pacific Islander communities and real-life solutions. The forum will feature an expert panel, keynote speaker, and answers to attendee questions.

The purpose of the Breaking Barriers Forum is to have a conversation that helps build community through learning about diverse cultures, experiences, barriers to mental healthcare, and proposed solutions. Join the conversation! There are only 50 seats for this event and they are filling up fast! In-person attendees will be provided lunch.

RAMS director of community engagement and government relations, Native Tualemoso Ah Soon, is a CARE community advisory board member.

This event is presented both virtually on Zoom and in person in English.

For in-person ticket registration, click here

For virtual live broadcast registration via Zoom, click here

For more information about the event, please click here.

2023 K-PomP

12th Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival  

Saturday, May 13, 2023 @ 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST

1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606  

Irvine Korean Cultural Festival (IKCF) is a nonprofit community organization now in its 12th year of celebrating Korean-American history through Korean art, culture, food and entertainment. IKCF’s free annual K-PomP festival is held in the city of Irvine, California.  

IKCF’s mission is to share the Korean culture with the entire community and beyond by showcasing its customs, heritage, arts and cuisine in order to promote peace and harmony among the people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. IKCF is an enriching event that showcases the best of Korean culture in America that is inclusive and welcoming to all of the community.  

This year, IKCF’s festival will celebrate the hard work and dedication of our community-based organizations and its people that make a difference in our local communities. 

If you have any questions or comments,

please contact or

UCI Mind, YE Media Group, and AAX Media are CARE community partners. 

Alzheimer's and Dementia Conversations:

Alzheimer's in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community  

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM PST

Join the Alzheimer’s Association for a free online webinar. This educational opportunity explores the unique challenges faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders when encountering Alzheimer's and other dementias. Experts share information on health disparities, review the latest population-specific research and provide caregiver resources. 

This event is presented on Zoom in English.

Registration Link

Alzheimer’s Association is a CARE community partner. 

11th Annual Cantonese Alzheimer's Forum:

Brain Health for a Better Future

Saturday, May 20, 2023 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Memory loss can be an early sign of dementia. More than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia. Please join us in this free health webinar presented in Cantonese by the Alzheimer's Association. The experts in the field will share with you the current knowledge on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, the latest in diagnosis and treatment, how to make this important legal and financial planning, relevant community resources, and the experience of family caregivers, etc. CARE advisory board member, Dr. Boon Lead Tee, will be a speaker at this event.

This event is presented on Zoom in Cantonese.

Registration Link

Questions? Please contact Xiaorong Ou at or (408) 372-9926

Alzheimer's Association and UCSF Memory and Aging Center

are CARE community partners.

CARE tabled at 45th Annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival

Several of our CARE staff, interns, and ambassadors came out to celebrate the 45th annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival on April 23rd in San Jose Japantown. Since 1978, the Nikkei Matsuri Festival has showcased the contributions and cultural achievements of the Japanese American community. We enjoyed meeting new people, watching the cultural performances, and engaging with the fun variety of booths and activities available. Thank you to Nikkei Matsuri for inviting us again this year, Yu-Ai Kai (CARE community partner) for supporting our table, and huge thanks to everyone who stopped by our table!

Brain Health Updates Webinar Recap

On April 29th, CARE and ACAD hosted a free joint webinar presented in Mandarin titled "Brain Health Updates”. This webinar was led by CARE staff Dr. Marian Tzuang and CARE Community Advisory Board members, Dr. Boon Lead Tee and Ruobing Li. We are so thankful for everyone who joined us at this lively event. We hope to have many more in the future! To view the presentation slides, click here.

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. 

The KIMCHI Project is Looking for Korean Participants!

The KIMCHI project stands for Koreans Invested in Making Caregivers Health Important. It is a culturally customized project to share research results about Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Diseases (ADRD) Prevention and Advance care planning so that Korean Americans can better take care of themselves and their loved ones’ health. Dr. Van Ta Park (CARE Principal Investigator) is the Principal Investigator for this project.

This project is in collaboration with community partners Somang Society and Asian American Resource Information Network (AARIN).

English & Korean fact sheets are now available for Korean American caregivers and families to learn more about Healthy Cognitive Aging, including risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and holistic approaches to improve overall quality of life.

After reading both the Healthy Cognitive Aging and Caregiving for Loved Ones fact sheets, let us know what you think by taking this quick survey.

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.

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.

Having a culturally sensitive approach to care also contributes toward preventing unnecessary negative behaviors, which ensues when a person with dementia is confronted by an aspect of care that is unfamiliar - which causes fear, frustration and stress.

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