Asian Community Development Council

Asian Community Development Council

The mission of the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) is to improve the general well-being and education of the Asian, Pacific Islander and other ethnic communities in Nevada. The ACDC will provide services to underserved communities, including Nevada Health Link navigators, food assistance, a community vaccine clinic, citizenship assistance, and

Asian Community Development Council

The mission of the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) is to improve the general well-being and education of the Asian, Pacific Islander and other ethnic communities in Nevada. The ACDC will provide services to underserved communities, including Nevada Health Link navigators, food assistance, a community vaccine clinic, citizenship assistance, and voter registration.

About the Organization:

The mission of the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) is to improve the general well-being and education of the Asian, Pacific Islander and other ethnic communities in Nevada. The ACDC will provide services to underserved communities, including Nevada Health Link navigators, food assistance, a community vaccine clinic, citizenship assistance, and voter registration.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

6-10 YEARS

The Issue:

Language access is not a new issue. The lack of assistance for those with limited English proficiency has been a barrier to first-generation immigrants, especially those in the API community. In Nevada alone, there are approximately 334,763 APIs, of which nearly 40% speak English less than "very well." This includes 19,862 Chinese speakers, 4,297 Korean speakers, 5,663 Vietnamese speakers, 24,056 Tagalog speakers, and 3,646 Thai or Lao speakers. ACDC consistently provides translated materials in these 5 languages, among others, reaching a wide group of APIs in Nevada. The lack of proper translation services can lead to several problems within the community, including the spread of vaccine misinformation and fear of accessing governmental resources. While language access gaps are being addressed through a variety of methods, including legislatively, there is still an unaddressed need in the community for the API Language Link.

The Solution:

Our theory of change for this project is that through building community civic power and access to critical economic services, health and education equity are intrinsically tied to economic success, in that our API community members cannot economically succeed unless they have language justice and equal access to resources. This specific language access project will focus on advancing our direct services, so we can build community and empower limited English families. By creating a resource navigation line that serves different languages and connects ACDC and our partners (local nonprofits) with community members, we are providing a holistic approach to bettering the economic, health, educational outcomes of the community. Often, individuals with limited English hesitate to seek help due to language barriers and lack of cultural competency. By providing a centralized resource that provides language translation and culturally competent resources, we are investing into the API community and addressing their needs.

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