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The 4th Annual PEARL Conference – Opportunities and Challenges

Themes: (1) To promote culturally congruent health/mental health integrative models for A/AAPI Populations; (2) To strengthen the resiliency in coping with COVID-19, Anti-Asian Hate and Xenophobia

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The 4th Annual PEARL Conference – Opportunities and Challenges
The 4th Annual PEARL Conference – Opportunities and Challenges

Time & Location

2021年12月02日 10:00 – 2021年12月09日 15:45


About the Event


The Pacific Education Advocacy Research & Learning Institute of New York, Inc. (P.E.A.R.L.), is excited to announce its 4th annual Opportunities & Challenges conference. As a community of scholars, researchers, educators, and practitioners, we strive to reduce health and behavioral health disparities by increasing access to culturally relevant models of care. In light of the continued violence and inequities we see, social justice is central to what we do and why we do it.  We also want to honor the strength and resiliency of the A/AAPI community. 

Stop AAPI Hate reported (8/12/21) tracking over 9,000 Anti-Asian incidents in the US. Multiple factors contribute to these incidents.  While health and structural inequities deepen, racism and xenophobia has proliferated. The US, as a White supremacist state, is undeniable. We see state-sanctioned violence towards Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and a rise in anti-Asian hate that connects back to a history of xenophobia and exclusion.  These inequities are not new; they are highlighted and amplified in the lens of a pandemic that universally impacts US citizens.

However, we also see how these events galvanized people from all different backgrounds to work toward a more just world. Our conference continues to do similar work by grappling with the idea of what it means to provide culturally relevant care in the continued time of COVID.  What new needs and/or questions have emerged in the Asian/AAPI communities? How do we modify the way we provide care or reframe the research questions we ask? How do we integrate both cultural and structural modifications in the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based models? How do we integrate ideas of resiliency and strength in our work?

This conference will address population-based issues, in the areas of health and mental health, children and families, young adults and aging for Asians/AAPIs.  We will also address gaps, barriers, and culturally driven disparities in health care and health access.


The conference would be of interest to licensed social workers, mental health counselors, human-services practitioners, researchers, students and community organizations working with Asian/Asian American Pacific Islanders (A/AAPI).  The conference will help convey information about current research, best practices, evidenced-based interventions, and ways to support culturally humble, holistic care.

Broad Learning Objectives:

By the end of this conference, attendees will:

Identify at least one (1) culturally congruent model of care for population-based health and mental health for Asians/AAPIs.

Grasp how the issues of diversity and equity issues impact integrative care for Asians/ AAPIs.

Define holistic and culturally humble practices with AA/AAPI women, children/families, health/mental health, and in aging.

Design effective and evidenced-informed strategies in serving API/AA and beyond.

Examine principles of resilience and its applications to AA/API communities.




  • 1小时

    Keynote Presentation

  • 1小时 30分钟

    Mental Health Panel

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