Monday, October 24, 2011

2011-2012 Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign

AAHI Community,
Montgomery County's 2011-2012 Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign will start next week.

Flu information directly from Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Website:

"Montgomery County health officials will offer FREE seasonal flu vaccinations on the dates and times listed on the calendar. There WILL NOT be any preservative free injectable vaccine available at the County clinics this year.

Some local retail locations have flu vaccine available now and all Montgomery County residents over the age of six months should get vaccinated.

Health officials encourage everyone to help prevent the spread of flu and many other contagious diseases by practicing the following good hygiene habits:

* Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue; immediately throw away used tissues.
* Sneeze and cough into the upper sleeve, not the hands.
* Wash hands frequently throughout the day.
* Wash hands by scrubbing together for 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
* Stay home from school and work is symptoms develop such as a fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headache and body aches."

All vaccinations are by appointment only. To make an online appointment, click here. If you do not have access to internet, please call 311 or 240-777-0311 to make an appointment.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Recap of Past Event: World of Montgomery Festival

AAHI Community,
On Sunday, October 16, the Asian American Health Initiative participated in the World of Montgomery Festival in Wheaton, Maryland. The Festival included various art and cultural activities celebrating the rich diversity of Montgomery County. In addition, there was a health fair, Ama Tu Vida, that AAHI tabled at. AAHI educated the community and provided literature on various health topics including cancer, hepatitis B, diabetes, osteoporosis, patient-provider communication, and community resources. Thank you to World of Montgomery and Ama Tu Vida for inviting us to participate!

Please view photos of the event here:
10-16-11 World of Montgomery Fair

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Training Opportunity

AAHI Community,

Next week there will be a Minority Outreach & Technical Assistance (MOTA) training on using Healthy Montgomery.

Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 6:00 - 9:00p.m.
Location: Holy Cross Hospital, Professional & Community Education Center, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901

About Healthy Montgomery from their website:
"The Healthy Montgomery community health improvement process is a community-based effort to improve the health and well-being of Montgomery County residents. Healthy Montgomery is under the leadership of the Healthy Montgomery Steering Committee, which includes planners, policy makers, health and social service providers and community members. The community improvement process includes data collection, identification of areas for improvement, priority-setting, collaborative efforts to address the priority needs in Montgomery County and monitoring the success of the improvement efforts."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

KCSC ACT Hepatitis B Event

The Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington (KCSC) will be hosting a hepatitis B event, Active Care and Treatment (ACT) of hepatitis B in the Korean community. The hepatitis B screening event will be held on Saturday, November 12 at Global Mission Church in Silver Spring. Participation is free, but preregistration is required. Space is limited. For more information please view one of the fliers:

English flier
Korean flier

CCACC STOP B Health Fair & Open House

The Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, Inc. is hosting a free health fair and open house on Saturday, November 5 from 1:00-5:00p.m. The Screening, Treatment, Outreach, and Prevention of hepatitis B (STOP B) event will include blood tests for hepatitis B. Preregistration is required for the blood tests. The event will be held at 9366 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. For more information, please click one of the fliers:

English flier
Chinese flier

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

AAHI Community,

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is a real health concern for Asian American women.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
- "Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Asian American women"
- "Asian American women are the least likely to have ever had a mammogram"

The best prevention for breast cancer is getting screenings in a timely manner. There are more treatment options for breast cancer when it is caught early. Because breast cancer may not have symptoms in the beginning states, it is very important to follow screening recommendations. Women are encouraged to do breast self-exams every month to check for lumps or any other abnormalities. Also, the American Cancer Society recommends that women receive Clinical Breast Exams (CBEs) every 3 years starting from the age of 20. When women have reached age 40, they should receive a CBE every year. Furthermore, the Office on Women’s Health supports the guidelines that women should receive mammograms every 1-2 years starting at the age of 40.

To learn about local screening options for low-income, uninsured, Montgomery County residents, please contact one of these organizations (further eligibility criteria applies for each program):

1. Women's Cancer Control Program
Contact and scheduling information: 240-777-1750

2. Breast cancer screening program sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cutre, Holy Cross Hospital, and Holy Cross Hospital Foundation
Contact: Leticia Addo at 301-754-8407 or

Thursday, October 6, 2011

AAHI "Grants 101" Workshop

AAHI Community,

AAHI will be hosting a second technical assistance workshop this fall as part of the E.C.H.O. Project. The workshops are designed as a series of practical and professional technical assistance training workshops to empower and enhance the ability of community leaders to develop culturally and linguistically competent health programming to serve Asian Americans in Montgomery County.

Do you want to broaden your understanding of grants? Do you want to learn tips and strategies for writing a successful grant? Join us for this interactive workshop where our expert panelists will provide an overview of federal grants, County Council grants, and foundation grants. Community leaders and organizational representatives who serve Asian Americans in Montgomery County are encouraged to attend. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with the panelists and ask individual questions.

“Grants 101”
Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (including a light dinner and networking from 5:30-6:00)
Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, Spring Room, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Parking in the County garage is free upon exit after 6 p.m

RSVP is required and space is limited. Please view the flier for required RSVP information and email AAHI Program Coordinator, Atyya Chaudhry at by Thursday, November 3rd. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Chaudhry via email or telephone at 240-777-1871.