Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Upcoming Conference:

AAHI Community,
On Tuesday, April 12th the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences Center for Health Disparities is hosting a conference in collaboration with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore during National Minority Heath Month on Health Disparities the conference is titled, "Reducing Health Disparities through Strengthening and Sustaining Healthy Communities: Stronger Together!" and it will be held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. For more information and to register, please Click Here.

Date: Tuesday, April 12th
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The Richard A. Henson Center. Princess Anne, MD
Registration: Please view the website

Description: "This conference will feature locally recognized academic and community presenters addressing disparities in the health status between racial and ethnic minorities, in urban and rural settings, and the general population in Maryland and the nation. The conference will also address the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), health care reform, and its opportunities and challenges in Maryland for individuals to receive services to which they currently lack access. Lastly, this conference will highlight ongoing research programs and efforts (including community engagement programs and a community network program) that are aimed to understand the underlying causes of specific disparities and to identify new strategies to reduce them and to strengthen diverse, multi-disciplinary partnerships and perspectives."

Free Upcoming Event for the Community

Dear AAHI community,
Two individuals from Montgomery County's Department of Health and Human Services will be presenting on elder care and aging in Montgomery County. This event will deal with the theme of ' Living and Thriving in Montgomery County'. You will have the opportunity to learn about successful aging and resources available. Please view the flier for more information.

Date: Sunday, April 3rd
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Location: Silver Spring Jewish Center
1401 Arcola Ave., Silver Spring, MD

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2011 National Healthy Homes Conference

Spring Health Screening and Education Event

AAHI Community,
Did you know that among the Asian American community, heart disease is the second leading cause of death and stroke is the third leading cause of death? It is important for Asian Americans to learn about their cardiovascular health!

On Sunday, April 3rd, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital will be hosting their fifth annual 'Spring Health Screening and Education Event' from 1pm to 4pm. The event will be focusing on heart and vascular health. They will have various screenings such as body composition, blood pressure, step test, among many others. They will also have health chats where participants have the opportunity to learn more about diabetes, heart health and vascular health.

Please view the flier for more information:

VNMAP Results Day

On Sunday, March 13th, AAHI in support of the Viet Nam Medical Assistance Program (VNMAP) held a hepatitis B screening results and vaccination day. This event was the one month follow up to the hepatitis B screening event held in February. The event went very smoothly, participants who got screened in February came by to receive their results. They had the opportunity to sit through and educational session and meet with a physician one on one to discuss their results.

At the event, AAHI brought their wheel of health education, focusing on hepatitis B questions. In addition, AAHI educated participants about cancer and osteoporosis. Thank you to all of our partners for making this event a great success!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

FREE Cancer Screening Event

AAHI Community,
- Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer is the leading cause of death among Asian Americans?
- March is National Colorectal Awareness Month, according to the CDC "Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone aged 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided."

What are you waiting for? The time for preventative screenings is NOW!

There is a FREE cancer screening event this Sunday, March 20th from 9am to 1pm. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital located in Rockville will be screening for bladder, colorectal, oral, prostate, skin, thyroid and clinical breast exams. Space is limited, please call 800-542-5096 to preregister.
Date: Saturday, March 20th
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
9901 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cancer: It Does Not Discriminate

On Saturday, March 26th there is an event at Holy Cross Hospital titled, 'Cancer: It Does Not Discriminate'. This event is FREE for the community and requires pre-registration. The event will discuss cancer control and tobacco cessation through various presentations and panel discussions. In addition to the discussions, there will be an international lunch and cultural performances. Please feel free to spread the message to your communities.

Please see the flier for more information and to register call 301-754-8800.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

AAHI Launches New Website and Five-Year Strategic Plan

AAHI Community,

On Tuesday, March 1st, AAHI Steering Committee officially launched AAHI's newly fashioned multilingual and culturally competent website. In addition to the website, our Steering Committee also supported us in launching AAHI's five year Strategic Plan. The new website and Strategic Plan were unveiled nationally and sent to all our partners and supporters through AAHI's bi-monthly newsletter. Thank you to our Steering Committee for your continual support.

AAHI Website:
AAHI's website is available in English and four Asian languages: Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Hindi. This website is a source for the community to learn more about AAHI, our programs, projects, to download free educational materials, read our publications, find resources in the County, learn ways to get involved and more. The updated website will be a valuable resource for the community. Please visit the website at www.AAHIinfo.org

Strategic Plan:
As the pan-Asian American-serving health program in Montgomery County, AAHI remains committed to improving the health of Asian Americans. AAHI has formulated a strategic plan with five strategic targets to define and guide their goals and objectives between 2011and 2015. Please click here to view the Strategic Plan.

Target A: Enhance access to culturally and linguistically competent care
Target B: Promote community mobilization and empowerment
Target C: Strengthen partnerships and collaborations
Target D: Enhance data collection and reporting
Target E: Establish organizational sustainability

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

FREE Cancer Screening Day at Washington Adventist Hospital

AAHI Community,
Washington Adventist Hospital is holding their FREE Annual Cancer Screening Day this Sunday, March 6th, from 9am to 1pm. This event will greatly benefit our community by providing an opportunity for preventative screenings.Free screenings include bladder, colorectal, oral, prostate, skin, thyroid and clinical breast exams. This is also an opportunity to educate our family and friends about the importance of screenings and encourage them to attend.

Address: Washington Adventist Hospital
7600 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912

* Space is limited for screenings. You can learn more at wwww.adventisthealthcare.com/screenings or call 800-542-5096.
Please view the flier for more information.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Upcoming Events

Dear AAHI Community,
There are a few upcoming events and one training during the first two weeks of March. These events are open to all, if the events are of interest to you, please consider attending. Kicking off the month, there are two events this Thursday.

March 3rd:
1). Holy Cross Hospital will be holding a training on health education and messaging among low literacy populations.
Address: Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD
Time: 6pm-8pm
2). Community networking event for Asian Pacific American students at University of Maryland to connect with local volunteer and internship opportunities.
Address: UMCP, Orem Alumni Hall, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
Time: 6pm-8pm

March 10th:
3).There will be a symposium at George Washington University titled "Eliminating Breast Cancer Health Disparities: Communicating to At-Risk Populations".
Address: The George Washington University Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st St., NW - Washington, DC 20052
Time: 10am

More information about the event:
RSVP by March 4th to: HChaney@focr.org, or 703.302.1540
Keynote: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Welcome and Opening Remarks: Steven Knapp, PhD, President, The George Washington University
Rachel F. Brem, MD, Director, Breast Imaging and Interventional Center, The George Washington University Medical Center Tesha Coleman, MS, Program Director, Clinical Services, Capital Breast Care Center Marc Hurlbert, PhD, Director, Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade Christopher Masi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, The University of Chicago Stephen Taplin, MD, MPH, Senior Scientist, Office of the Associate Director of the Applied Research Program, NCI

"The symposium will explore how cancer centers, community health centers, advocacy organizations and government agencies are disseminating information to a variety of populations, especially those in underserved sectors. The discussion will examine the impact of the fall 2009 United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for routine mammograms and seek to develop recommendations on how to better to communicate to at risk populations".