Huron Valley PACE Plans May 14 Event to Stand with Asian Americans

May 10, 2021

Huron Valley PACE will acknowledge and honor Asian Pacific Americans with a special observance on Friday, May 14. The program will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with various events, pausing at 1 p.m. ET for a moment of silence in front of its building in Ypsilanti, MI. Huron Valley asks PACE organizations around the country to participate in the moment of silence. Michigan Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-52) will visit Huron Valley PACE at 2 p.m. to tour the facility and learn about the services provided to older adults in the community.

Huron Valley PACE released the following statement of support: "Huron Valley PACE celebrates all aspects of human diversity. The surge in violence toward Asian American and Pacific Islander communities causes us outrage and deep sadness. PACE programs across the country owe a debt of gratitude to the Asian community in San Francisco for ingenuity in care for elders. The first PACE program was founded in 1971 by Dr. William L. Gee, starting a revolutionary model of care through serving a largely Asian group of elders. From that program, 138 PACE programs operating in 272 PACE centers serve more than 55,000 elderly persons from many culturally diverse communities. PACE participants are living history because they helped to move our country forward in equity and justice, where many suffered to do so. It is our privilege to care for them in their last season of life and our imperative to forge a world more equitable than the one they inhabited."

The statement continues, "PACE opposes racism, violence and hatred with our words, and we battle it with our actions. PACE brings justice and peace to our participants through our work. We make the last season of life truly excellent in every discharge planned, medication delivered, meal served, and hand held. We dismantle bias and inequity in the battleground of our workplace when we determine eligibility, allocate resources, provide direct care, and recruit PACE team members."

The statement concluded, "We invite all those connected to PACE to use their voices to decry acts of hate toward Asian and Pacific Islander communities and use their work to bring equity and inclusion to PACE participants and fellow team members. There is no room for violence, injustice or racism at PACE. PACE stands with Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color."

The moment of silence on May 14 will be observed at 1 p.m. ET, which is noon CT, 11 a.m. MT and 10 a.m. PT.

The National PACE Association supports the efforts of Huron Valley PACE to call the PACE community together on May 14 to recognize the challenges faced by Asian Americans. We echo their recognition of the Asian American roots of PACE as just one example of how our different perspectives can lead to innovative solutions to our shared challenges. If you promote the May 14 observance on social media, please use the hashtag #StopAsianHate.

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