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Free Webinar: A Focus on AAPI Older Adults
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Category: Educational Events

Thriving During Difficult Times: A Focus on AAPI Older Adults

Representatives of three Portland-area organizations focused on services and advocacy for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) will give an overview of their important work, discuss the challenges the organizations have been facing over the past year, and reflect on adaptations made to their respective programs to keep older adults safe, healthy, and connected during challenging times. As always, some time will be reserved for attendees to ask questions and share their thoughts.

Intended audience: Anyone interested in learning more about local programs for older Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Host: Margaret Neal, OGA Board Member

Opening Remarks: Ligaya Humbert, AARP Diversity Advisory Committee Chair


Photo of presenterHolden LeungChief Executive Officer, Asian Health & Services Center (AHSC)

Holden Leung has served as the Chief Executive Officer at the Asian Health and Service Center (AHSC) since 1998. Before this leadership role, Holden had served as a mental health counselor at AHSC since he emigrated from Hong Kong in 1992. While helping clients to navigate a fragmented healthcare system, Holden integrated his clinical and cultural knowledge and developed an Integrated and Holistic Service Model of Care, including Culturally Sensitive Community Engagement; Public Health intervention and Health Care Services within one location. This October, the Center launched a new culturally and linguistically specific Asian Cancer Resource and Support Center. AHSC has served as a Bridge between Asian and American Community to build a harmonious community since 1983. The Center has a strong capacity to serve Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. Holden holds an MSW degree from the Hong Kong Chinese University.

Photo of presenterManumalo "Mālō" Ala’ilima, Co-Founder & Executive Director, United Territories of Pacific Islander Alliance Portland (UTOPIA PDX)

Manumalo "Mālō" Ala'ilima identifies as fa'atāne, which means "in the manner of a man" in Samoan, and uses they/them/he/him pronouns. He is Samoan and of Tongan descent. They also have extensive community organizing and non-profit leadership experience. Malo is a co-founder and first-ever Executive Director of the United Territories of Pacific Islander Alliance Portland (UTOPIA PDX). UTOPIA PDX provides sacred spaces to strengthen the minds and bodies of QTPIs - Queer and Transgender Pacific Islanders - through community organizing, political engagement and cultural stewardship. UTOPIA PDX is also the fiscal sponsor of the Oregon Pacific Islander Coalition (OPIC), which is a collective of ten statewide Pacific Islander community-based organizations (CBO), two Pacific Islander employee resource groups (ERG) and some Pacific Islander community members not affiliated with a CBO or ERG. Malo also is the regional lead for Oregon on the National Pacific Islander COVID-19 Task Force and lead of their Data and Research Council. Malo was educated at the University of Southern California majoring in Political Science with a Minor in Public Policy and Management and comes to the UTOPIA PDX Executive Director role in April of 2021 after having worked for over fifteen years with the American Red Cross Biomedical Services in several functional areas and having lived in different regions. They have a small family with their amazing, lovely and supportive partner Elizabeth and their brilliant and energetic four-year-old Iily.

Photo of presenterSurya Joshi, Program Coordinator, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)

Surya Joshi (MA) works as Program Coordinator at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in their Workforce Development Program. Surya has worked with employment and training program focused on immigrants, refugees, and low-income individuals for the past 5 years. Surya previously worked with families in IRCO’s wraparound program in the area of family empowerment, child welfare and adult education.

This OGA event is offered in collaboration with AARP Oregon and free for everyone!


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