The Federation and Community Agencies Meet with Michael Burgess, NYSOFA

On May 31st the Asian American Federation of New York organized a forum for service providers for the Asian American elderly to meet Michael J. Burgess, Director for the New York State Office for the Aging.  Appointed in February 2007 by Governor Eliot Spitzer, Mr. Burgess oversees the administration of federal and state funded programs designed to assist the more than 3.2 million elderly residents in the state, as well as programs that assist family members and others involved with helping elderly residents that are in need of greater levels of assistance.

The event drew over 40 attendees, representing more than 20 agencies, to the United Way Boardroom.  The goal of the forum was give agencies a chance to meet Mr. Burgess and to vocalize the difficulties they have in providing services to the Asian American elderly community.  Some issues that were brought up were: point-of-entry access, language access, affordable housing, mental health issues, and long-term care.  The event started with a demographic overview on Asian American elderly by Howard Shih, Census Information Manager at the Asian American Federation. 

Other presenters included: Isabel Ching (Assistant Executive Director, Hamilton-Madison House), Johanna Martinez, (Executive Director, Filipino American Human Services Inc.), Kwang S. Kim (President, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York), Sudha Acharya (Executive Director, South Asian Council for Social Services) and Peter Cheng (Executive Director, Indochina Sino-American Community Center).

Read Michael Burgess' Bio

View Howard Shih’s Presentation

Pictures of the Forum

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