Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Updated H1N1 Information

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H1N1 Vaccine Availability:
County health officials announced today that, following guidance from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, walk-in H1N1 vaccination clinics are now open to all County residents, adding healthy adults and seniors to the five target groups currently being vaccinated. Appointment-only clinics will continue to be for high-risk groups.

Tuesday, December 15 in Germantown and Silver Spring
(locations will be provided when appointment is made)

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (By Appointment Only)
Call for appointments on Friday, December 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. (240-777-4040 for appointments). 200 appointments available at each location.
FREE vaccinations will be offered to target groups:
Children 6 months to 24 years
Pregnant women
Parents/caregivers of children less than 6 months of age
Adults 25 to 64 with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease
Health care workers and emergency medical service workers

Wednesday, December 16 in Silver Spring
(location will be given when appointment is made)

9 a.m. to noon (By Appointment Only)
Call for appointments on Friday, December 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. (240-777-4040 for appointments). 300 appointments available.
FREE vaccinations will be offered to target groups:
Children 6 months to 24 years
Pregnant women
Parents/caregivers of children less than 6 months of age
Adults 25 to 64 with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease
Health care workers and emergency medical service workers
Sunday, December 20 at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
51 Mannakee Street
Physical Education Center ( for directions)
FREE vaccinations will be offered to all County residents.
Vaccine is available on a walk in basis to the first 5,000 individuals listed above
What to Expect at the Walk-In Clinics:

You will receive a numbered ticket when you arrive (unless it is an appointment-only clinic).
You should expect to wait for vaccination (at walk-in clinics). It is difficult to estimate the length of waiting time. You may want to bring a portable chair, water and snacks.
We cannot guarantee that you will get your preferred choice of vaccine (nasal spray or shot) when you reach the vaccination station. Amounts of each vaccine vary and there are limited quantities available.
You will receive a Vaccine Information Statement ( and a Consent Form (English | Spanish) while you are waiting.
You will be screened by a health professional for vaccine eligibility.
You will receive the vaccine.
Information for Parents:

Please keep children with you at all times.
We will work hard to keep the line moving but we cannot tell you how long your wait will be.
Come prepared to wait. Come prepared to wait outdoors.
Bring snacks, drinks, toys and books to keep your children occupied.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Maryland Annual Cancer Council Conference - December 3, 2009

Annual Comprehensive Cancer Control Conference
December 3, 2009
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
The Marriot Hunt Valley

Please copy and paste this link to your browser to register. Registration is free.

Friday, November 20, 2009

H1N1 Vaccination

Montgomery County will offer H1N1 Vaccination on Sunday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 24 to target groups. Please see more information by clicking this link.

Monday, October 26, 2009

CCACC Health Fair

Hep B screening flyer(Chinese) A participant is signing up AAHI's Hep B screening. Good Job!!! Thx CCACC's volunteers for your help Breast health education by Leigh, AAHI Health Promoter Good friend of AAHI, Mr. Richard Liu Interview of Mr. MK Lee, AAHI Steering Committee & Director of Community Service Division, CCACC

Holy Cross Cancer Screening Day

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A panel discussion (Montgomery County) about the H1N1 virus

A panel discussion among medical professionals, county government and emergency planning personnel in Montgomery County about the H1N1 virus.

Please click to see the video

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Flu Information (H1N1 and Seasonal Flu)

Information obtained from
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Last updated: 10/22/09
An H1N1 vaccination clinic ***PROVIDING NASAL SPRAY ONLY*** will be held for all healthy Montgomery County children and young adults, including public and private school students, ages six months to 24 years, on the following date at all three locations listed below:

Wednesday, October 28 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Northwood High School
919 University Boulevard West
Silver Spring

Northwest High School
13501 Richter Farm Road

Rockville High School
2100 Baltimore Road

Children with compromised immunity or chronic health conditions cannot receive the nasal spray. Consent forms must be filled out at the clinic but sample consent forms (English/Spanish) are available here.

Those target groups who cannot receive nasal spray include:
* pregnant women,
* children with chronic illnesses,
* children between the ages of six months and two years, and
* adults ages 25-64 years who have chronic conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Health officials recommend that everyone consider receiving an H1N1 vaccination. Clinics for Montgomery County residents NOT in the target groups will be held at a later date. Dates and locations for clinics will be posted when information is available. In addition to local health departments, retail locations and some private physicians will be receiving the H1N1 vaccine, as well.

Montgomery County’s flu hotline 240-777-4200 is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

County Sponsors First H1N1 Vaccination Clinic Friday, October 9

Information obtained from

County Sponsors First H1N1 Vaccination Clinic Friday, October 9

Montgomery County Health and Human Services will offer its first H1N1 vaccination clinic on Friday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Dennis Avenue Health Center, 2000 Dennis Avenue in Silver Spring.

The County has received 2500 doses of the intranasal H1N1 vaccine (nasal spray), which will offered at this clinic. The County expects to receive injectable flu vaccine (flu shots) in the next several weeks. There will continue to be deliveries of both types of flu vaccine in the coming weeks and months.

The nasal spray form of the vaccine contains a live-but-weakened form of the H1N1 influenza virus. It is licensed for the vaccination of healthy individuals between the ages of two and 49. However, it is not licensed for use in pregnant women or children and adults with chronic illnesses. Health officials expect to begin receiving injectable vaccine shortly.

This clinic will be focused on the following priority groups:

• Healthy children from ages two to 18

• Healthy adults up to age 49 who are caretakers of infants younger than six months of age, and

• Healthy health care workers up to age 49.

The intranasal flu vaccine may NOT be given to:

• Pregnant women

• Children or adults with chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes

If adults or children received the FluMist form of the seasonal flu vaccination, they must wait 28 days before receiving the intranasal H1N1 vaccine. If the seasonal flu vaccine was given in injectable form (flu shot), there is NO waiting period.

Health officials recommend that everyone consider receiving an H1N1 vaccination when ample supplies become available at a later date.

In addition to local health departments, retail locations and some private physicians will be receiving the H1N1 vaccine as well.

For updated information, check the County’s website at or call the flu hotline at 240-777-4200. The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

Monday, October 5, 2009

MOTA Training -- Oct 3, 2009

Resources in the community
Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer Education

Cancer Educaton

Breast Health Education on Sept 29, 2009

Outreach event @ CBC

Interview with the English Pastor, Rev. John Tung

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Flavored Tobacco

On September 22, 2009 a ban on cigarettes containing certain characterizing flavors went into effect. The ban, authorized by the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, is part of a national effort by FDA to reduce smoking in America.

FDA’s ban on candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes highlights the importance of reducing the number of children who start to smoke, and who become addicted to dangerous tobacco products. FDA is also examining options for regulating both menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products other than cigarettes.

According to the act

…a cigarette or any of its component parts (including the tobacco, filter, or paper) shall not contain, as a constituent (including a smoke constituent) or additive, an artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) or an herb or spice, including strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry, or coffee, that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke

Any company who continues to make, ship or sell such products may be subject to FDA enforcement actions. You are encouraged to report any company that sells cigarettes with these certain characterizing flavors.

For more information, please visit

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Outreach -- Evergreen Senior Club

HP Meeting August 2009

To download the meeting mintutes, please copy and paste the link to your browser.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

AAHI Intern -- Stephanie J. Wong, M.A.

My clinical interests include working with diverse ethnic and sexual minorities, including college students with a wide range of mental health issues, particularly substance abuse and substance dependence. I am currently the Program Coordinator for the Lambda Center and Access to Recovery Programs at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington (PIW). PIW is a privately owned inpatient/outpatient facility providing psychological treatment to residents of the greater District of Columbia area. The Lambda Center provides psychological, substance abuse, and vocational counseling to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the inpatient or outpatient programs, and the Access to Recovery program provides similar services to heterosexual individuals. I have gained impeccable training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy.

To further my clinical interests, I have accepted a position as an Intern at the Asian American Health Initiative, assuming a leadership role in the development of a mental health program for the agency.

Congruent to my clinical interests, my dissertation research involves examining psychological help seeking intentions and behaviors of Asian American and Caucasian college students. The study will investigate how demographic variables, psychological symptoms, enculturation, stigma, professional psychological help seeking attitudes, and conceptualization of psychological problems are related to intentions to seek counseling and actual help seeking behavior. Differences, or lack thereof between Asian American and Caucasian students in predictor and outcome variables will be examined. The chair of my dissertation committee is my academic advisor, Dr. Jerome Short.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

AAHI Intern -- Sau Kuen (Lesley) Fung

My name is Sau Kuen (Lesley) Fung. I am from Hong Kong and am currently pursuing the Master of Public Health in Health Promotion degree at The George Washington University. It is my great pleasure to have the opportunity to work with the AAHI team.

My major task for this internship is to complete a research project entitled “Formative Research Towards the Design and Implementation of an Effective Hepatitis B Screening Program for Chinese Americans in Montgomery County, Maryland”. Through understanding of the motivations and barriers related to Hepatitis B screening among Chinese Americans in Montgomery County, I hope the results of my research project could contribute to the design and implementation of a more effective Hepatitis B screening program for the Chinese American community and possibly other Asian American communities. Apart from the Hepatitis B screening research project, I would also like to involve in as much as possible other AAHI programs and projects during my internship. Look forward to working and learning from all of you.

AAHI Intern -- Josephine Tong

My name is Josephine Tong. I am a senior at Walt Whitman High school.I am originally from Hong Kong but moved to Maryland because of my father's job. I got my internship at the AAHI through a Montgomery county program I joined called, The Superintendent Leadership Program. The languages which I can speak consist of English, Mandarin and Cantonese. My interest is within the AAHI because I want to help minorities with certain barriers they have in their environments. The goals of my internship are to achieve a greater understanding of the field which I want to study in and to come up with a specific area in Public Health which I am interested in studying.

Friday, September 4, 2009

AAHI Intern -- Trang Vuong

My name is Trang Vuong, my background is Vietnamese American. I can speak both English and Vietnamese. As an Asian American and a Biological Science major, I am very interest in learning more about health issues and diseases especially concerning Asian American. My goals for the future and for this internship are to learn as much as I can on health issues and health disparity that directly effecting Asian American. I am looking forward to participate in as much outreach events as I can. In addition to meeting and working with everyone at AAHI.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Welcome Greeting!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to our AAHI Health Promoters community blog site. This site is meant for everyone in the AAHI community to share your comments and thoughts. Pictures and slideshows of our meetings and activities will be post regularly as it come in. In the mean time everyone have fun!