Wednesday, September 29, 2010


On Saturday, October 9th, the Asian American Health Initiative, the Hepatitis B Initiative, OCA-DC, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Phi Delta Sigma Fraternity Inc, Chinese Culture and Community Service Center Inc, and Chinese American Medical Society are hosting a free hepatitis B screening and education event. Registration is required, all registered participants will be offered the screening either at 11am or 1pm. Please view the attached flier for more details.

1 out of 10 Asian Americans are infected with Hepatitis B. Please spread the word to your family and friends. Prevention is the best protection.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Holy Cross Hospital's FREE Cancer Screening Day!

On Saturday, October 2nd, Holy Cross Hospital is hosting a free cancer screening day for the community. This is a wonderful event that will greatly benefit the community. We encourage everyone to take proactive measures to prevent cancer. Please spread the message to your loved ones.

Date: Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)
Location: Holy Cross Hospital Professional Community Education Center
1500 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Metro Accessible)

Clinical Breast Exam (helps detect breast disease or breast cancer)
Pap Test (cervical cancer screening)

Digital Rectal Exam (DRE – to detect rectal and prostate cancers)
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA – blood test for prostate cancer)

More information is on the flier:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

AAHI Welcomes Fall 2010 Interns

AAHI has proudly welcomed their fall 2010 interns. Karishma Dhru, Kristina Yee and Shaiza Khalil began their internship at the end of August. All three of them are undergraduate interns from the student internship program at University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. They leapt right into their responsibilities as interns and have a done an outstanding job supporting AAHI.

Kristina Yee
Kristina Yee is a returning student intern at the Asian American Health Initiative. She is pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Community Health at the University of Maryland College Park. Kristina is very excited about being part of the AAHI family and reaching out to the Montgomery County Asian American community. She hopes to gain a better understanding of the various health inequities that exist amongst Asian Americans, and to discover innovative strategies towards addressing them. Growing up as an Asian American in Montgomery County herself, Kristina is truly passionate about being able to help and give back to such a deserving population.

Karishma Dhru
Karishma Dhru is a Student Intern at the Asian American Health Initiative. Karishma is a senior at the University of Maryland College Park, where she will be receiving her Degree in Community Health Education. Karishma is looking forward to polishing skills in the community health field through the wonderful opportunities AAHI will be presenting her with. Karishma has interned with A Wider Circle a non-profit organization in Silver Spring. With the experience of both internship sites, Karishma is looking forward to a future career in health education and policy.

Shaiza Khalil
Shaiza Khalil is a Fall intern for the Asian American Health Initiative. She is a senior Community Health major at the University of Maryland College Park. Her interests include outreach, planning and implementing health education programs. She is enthusiastic to gain the tools the necessary to better her community as well as overall society.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Another great event!

On Sunday, September 19th, AAHI conducted a health fair at the Wat Thai Temple in Silver Spring. It was a beautiful day for an outdoor health fair. AAHI staffers Sanjana and Atyya were in attendance along with intern Karishma Dhru. AAHI Health Promoter veterans Leigh, Visvas, and Chi, attended along with new Health Promoters Betty, Jameela, Shristi and Jira. It was a wonderful event, AAHI was able to screen and educate over 100 people. AAHI provided bone density screenings and worked with a Thai community physician to provide oral cancer screenings. In addition, AAHI provided education on osteoporosis, hepatitis B, diabetes and cancer. AAHI also signed women up for low-cost breast cancer screenings.

We would like to thank the Wat Thai Temple and Thai Alliance of America for partnering to host this health fair. In addition, we would like to thank our community vendors for joining at this fruitful event- Luis Martinez from Montgomery County's Department of Health & Human Services, Lourdes Sanchez from Womens Cancer Control Program, and Dr. Usa for conducting oral cancer screenings.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wat Thai Health Fair

This coming Sunday, September 19th, the Asian American Health Initiative, Wat Thai Washington DC and the Thai Alliance of America will be hosting a community health fair at the Wat Thai Temple. Services include free bone density screening and free blood pressure screenings, as well as education on various health topics. For more information, please visit our ">facebook fan page.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Primary Election Day: Tuesday, September 14th

AAHI Community,
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, September 14th from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M. Don't forget to vote for your local and state representatives! For more information on candidates, voting centers and general election day information, please visit Montgomery County's website:

For those interested in early voting, certain voting centers will be open until Thursday, September 9th. For more information on early voting, please refer to the website.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The 17th Maryland State Council on Cancer Control Conference

AAHI community,
There is a free conference on cancer control in Maryland on Thursday, December 9th 2010. This is a great opportunity to learn about cancer control throughout the state of Maryland and hear from great speakers. Everyone should take advantage of this opportunity.
Registration opens on October 1st!