Monday, June 27, 2011

Recap of Past Events

As the fiscal year is winding down, AAHI capped off the year with two final events.

Friday June 24:
AAHI attended a Minority Communities Empowerment Project (MCEP) event, Teens Tackle Tobacco. This interactive event was held at the Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg. It was a very lively and wonderful event, drawing scores of youth with their families. Through the use of dance and music, they educated the audience about tobacco prevention by sharing interesting facts and personal stories. At several points, the crowd also got involved in various dance and exercise activities to demonstrate that these activities would be very difficult for a smoker. AAHI brought their wheel of health education focusing on tobacco questions. The wheel was popular at the event, several youth spun the wheel to answer tobacco-related questions. We thank our MCEP partners for making this event such a success. For pictures, please visit our public photo gallery:
06-24-11 Teens Tackle Tobacco

Saturday June 25:
AAHI has been working closely with the Cambodian Senior Association and Martha Piedrasanta, a Registered Dietitian from Holy Cross Hospital Health Center to coordinate a lecture for the senior group on nutrition and well-being. After several weeks of planning, the event took place at the Cambodian Buddhist Temple in Silver Spring. The lecture was culturally and linguistically tailored (through use of a community translator) for the Cambodian senior audience. The audience was very engaged and asked wonderful questions. We warmly thank Martha Piedrasanta and the Cambodian Senior Association for working with us on to make this lecture a success!
For pictures, please visit our public photo gallery:
06-25-11 Cambodian Senior Association Nutrition Lecture

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Upcoming Event: Teens Tackle Tobacco

AAHI community,

This Friday, June 24 there is a youth tobacco education event, Teens Tackle Tobacco. There will be demonstrations and prizes, it is open to all ages. For more information you can call 301-469-8678.

Date: June 24, 2011

Location: Lakefront Plaza (between Uncle Julio's & Joe's Crab Shack)
221 Rio Boulevard
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm

View the flier for more information.

Friday, June 17, 2011

National Mens Health Week

AAHI community,
June marks national Men's Health Month, more specifically June 13-19 is National Men's Health Week. It is important for men to be aware of health issues that can impact their lives.

Prostate cancer- did you know...
- According to a research study, that the risk of developing prostate cancer increases among Asian American men when they immigrate to the U.S

- According to NIH, prostate cancer is the third most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages

- According to NIH, prostate cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in men over age 75

- When prostate cancer is detected early, there are more treatment options and a greater chance for survival

It is important for men to take proactive steps to prevent prostate cancer. Starting at age 50 talk to your doctor about prostate cancer screenings. To learn more about prostate cancer, visit NIH's website by clicking here.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

NIAMS Publications

AAHI community,

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) has released six new health information publications in Chinese, the topics include acne, back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, knee problems and sprains & strains. For these six publications, AAHI supported NIAMS in reviewing the translation quality in both written and audio formats. Please feel free to share these informative publications with family & friends, you can find them on the web by clicking here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Welcome Summer 2011 Interns!

AAHI welcomes summer 2011 interns, Katherine Ip from the University of Maryland, College Park and Andrew Poo from Emory University. Katherine and Andrew are both rising juniors at their respective university's. We warmly welcome Katherine and Andrew and hope this internship is an invaluable experience for them.

Katherine and Andrew have written brief biographies about their respective backgrounds:

Katherine Ip
Hi, my name is Katherine Ip. I am a rising junior at the University of Maryland at College Park, pursuing a degree in Behavioral and Community Health. I am interested in AAHI’s work not only because I am a member of the Asian American community of Montgomery County, but also because I have a firm conviction that big changes start at home. If we want to improve Asian American health on a national level, we must work to improve it in our own communities, starting with our families and friends. I look forward to participating in and learning from AAHI’s work, especially their outreach events.

Andrew Poo
Hi, my name is Andrew Poo and I am a Summer Intern at the Asian American Health Initiative. I am a rising junior at Emory University, pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Health. I am very excited in becoming part of the AAHI family; and I look forward to interacting with the Montgomery County Asian American communities. Through AAHI, I hope to achieve a better understanding of the health issues that affect Asian Americans, and analyze the various plans proposed to solve each issue. I hope to learn more about public health and the “inner workings” of a public health organization, and also gain opportunities to conduct research in a specific subject of public health. As a member of the Montgomery County Asian American community, I am eager to help and give back to my neighbors. In my free time, I enjoy playing badminton, watching movies, and swimming.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

May Wrap Up

AAHI community,
It is already the beginning of June! AAHI had a full calendar of events for the month of May. Many of our activities in May focused on mental health as May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

To cap off the month, AAHI coordinated two mental health awareness activities:

1. May 24- AAHI worked with Asian American LEAd (AALEAD), a youth organization and Family Services, Inc. to coordinate a workshop on mental health for youth. The workshop discussed ways on how to stay mentally healthy. Thank you to Family Services, Inc., AALEAD and all the wonderful youth for making this event a great success!

2. May 26- AAHI coordinated their monthly health promoter meeting, this meeting was a training on mental health and Asian Americans. AAHI worked with Nancy Ebb from Child Center and Adult Services, Inc. to facilitate the training. It was a very informative presentation, AAHI staff, interns and Health Promoters learned a great deal on the impact of mental health in Asian American communities. Thank you Nancy for such an eye-opening presentation!
05-26-11 Health Promoter Meeting