For over 65 years, the Georgia Gerontology Society (GGS) has reached across the state to connect, support, and educate those working with older adults and their families. GGS is committed to advocating for equitable and just treatment for all older adults and their families, but especially those who are marginalized and discriminated against. Institutional and interpersonal racism, inequities in healthcare, and a systematically perpetuated racial wealth gap, all contribute to older adults of color being at unnecessarily heightened risk for health challenges.
The recent surge in harassment and acts of violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is another stark reminder of how much work we need to do in this area and how urgently the work is needed. GGS continues to support decisive actions that address longstanding inequities, push back against prejudice, and eliminate social injustice when and wherever it is encountered. To do this effectively, we need your help and your input. You can find out more about what GGS is doing by visiting the Diversity- Equity- Inclusion section on our website or help with GGS’ advocacy efforts.
I would like to draw attention to a phenomenal resource for the Pan Asian community that we have here in Georgia. The Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS) was established in 1980 as the first and largest health and human services agency for AAPI families in the southeast region and is dedicated to helping immigrants fully integrate into society through advocating, educating, and upholding the civil and human rights of the immigrant and refugee communities. CPACS works by strengthening community leaders, collaborating with partners, building alliances, and fostering civic engagement. Visit http://www.cpacs.org to learn more about this valuable resource and how you can be involved.
– Pat Baker, GGS President