Compassion & Choices is determined to help all diverse communities realize an end-of-life journey according to their values and priorities, including the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Underserved communities experience a lower quality of end-of-life care and support for end-of-life planning. We began our outreach efforts in 2017 to address racial disparities in quality end-of-life care and support for end-of-life planning.

Improving access to end-of-life care options across the states

The following states where medical aid in dying is authorized also have significant populations of residents who identify as Asian American, Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian. This underscores the importance of Compassion & Choices’ outreach to these communities.

As part of our Access Campaigns, we are making our materials as accessible as possible to AAPI communities.

California End of Life Option Act brochure: Chinese

Hawai‘i Our Care, Our Choice Act brochure: Chinese / Hawaiian / Ilokano / Japanese / Korean / Tagalog 

Building partnerships

Compassion & Choices leadership councils represent diverse groups of executives, community leaders and experts in the fields of medicine, estate planning and more. They meet regularly and work tirelessly to advance the mission of expanding options and improving care at the end of life in their communities. We are currently developing a council to ensure we meet the needs of AAPI communities and communicate in a culturally competent way. If you are interested in being a part of the council, please contact [email protected] for more information.

Community Collaboration

Compassion & Choices sponsored a table at an Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) gala in 2018, a table at the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) gala in 2017 and a table at the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) conference in 2016.

Fay and Monona Yin.

Fay and Monona Yin.

Storytelling

Fay Hoh Yin was a dedicated Compassion & Choices storyteller and advocate for medical aid in dying in New York. Fay died on July 20, 2020, of incurable T-cell lymphoma. Her efforts in our movement will always be remembered. 

Fay is one of our passionate storytellers from across the country. Compassion & Choices is dedicated to sharing diverse perspectives on end-of-life options and planning. Are you interested in sharing your story?


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