Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Community Resource: FREE Pro Bono Legal Clinic

AAHI Community,

Check out this great resource, and please feel free to share with family and friends!
Pro Bono Legal Clinic -

The Montgomery County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program provides FREE Legal Advice Consultations here at the ECRSC for low income residents on the first and second Thursdays of each month from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. The upcoming dates for the legal clinics are December 1 and December 8. A client intake must be completed before 6:00 p.m.

Location: East County Regional Center

3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring

For more information, call the Pro Bono Program Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at (301) 424-7651, (301) 424-7652 or (301) 424-7633.

To see a flier, please click here.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

AAHI Community,

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know:
- According to a 2009 finding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the rate of Asian Americans over the age of 12 who use tobacco products is 11.9%?
- In the US, smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of lung cancer deaths in women?

If you or a loved one are current tobacco-users and wish to quit, there is a class offered through Holy Cross Hospital, Nixing Nicotine. This FREE, six-week class, meets once a week with a certified tobacco treatment specialist. The class is held at Holy Cross Hospital Professional Community & Education Center, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring, MD. For more information on dates, times, and class registration, click here.

You can also encourage them to call Maryland's Quit-line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, for a free call, free support, and free medicine. Visit their website here: http://www.smokingstopshere.com/

Monday, November 28, 2011

AAHI in the News

AAHI Community,

One of our goals at AAHI is to educate the community on health concerns and prevention. In order to broaden our health education tactics, we have initiated a health education media campaign through ethnic newspapers. Ethnic newspapers serve as an important platform to reach out to the community and provide health education and information on health resources and services. The health articles we write are culturally and linguistically tailored to address the topic in an appropriate manner. These articles are intended to be beneficial for the readers.

This year we have been working with a few local Asian newspapers to publish these articles for community benefit:

The Epoch Times
Breast Cancer Article
Diabetes Article

India This Week
Breast Cancer Article

Washington Chinese News
Breast Cancer Article

Korean Times
Hepatitis B Article

We thank our media partners for their continual support in building a healthier community!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Forum on Future of Nonprofits

AAHI Community,
Here is an upcoming event open to the public if you or anyone you know is interested in attending. Registrations is required.


Future of the Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 • Noon-1:30 p.m. ET

To attend in person in Washington, D.C., register at:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2551096398. (Registration is required.)


- David Cay Johnston,
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for Reuters (moderator)
- Terri Lee Freeman, president, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
- C. Eugene Steuerle, Institute fellow, Urban Institute
- Elizabeth Boris, director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute

This last 15th Anniversary Event of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy will focus on the future—the challenges and opportunities for the nonprofit sector and philanthropy in the face of evolving economic and political realities and changing sector dynamics.

Join the discussion as a distinguished panel wrestles with big questions:

What are the major forces that will affect the sector going forward?
What kinds of impacts can we foresee?
How can the nonprofit sector help to shape those forces?
Can we envision some optimum outcomes?
Can we begin to articulate strategies that could mobilize efforts to achieve desired outcomes?

At the Urban Institute
2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. The forum begins promptly at noon.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Upcoming event: American Indian Heritage Day Pow-Wow and Health Fair

AAHI Community,

November is Native American Heritage Month and on Tuesday, November 29, the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs and Holy Cross Hospital will be hosting the 2011 American Indian Heritage Day Pow-Wow and Health Fair. This event will feature cultural performances and activities as well as health lectures and health screenings.

Date: Tuesday, November 29
Time: 4:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Holy Cross Hospital,
1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

For more information about the event, check out the flier.

Monday, November 21, 2011

November is American Diabetes Month

AAHI Community,

November is American Diabetes Month. Did you know that diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death for Asian Americans? Furthermore, Asian Americans have a higher risk of developing diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites. Diabetes is a serious illness that affects our communities. It is important to help raise awareness and educate our family and friends. You can learn more about diabetes by clicking here.

You can check out diabetes resources on Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Service's calendar of events.

Holy Cross Hospital also offers a free diabetes prevention class to individuals diagnosed with pre-diabetes. For more information, click here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

FY2011 Annual Report

We are delighted to share our Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) Annual Report. FY11 was a year of implementation and action. We carried on programs and projects from last year, such as the Hepatitis B project, and implemented new ideas such as small business outreach and health education articles in ethnic media. Please join us in reflecting on the successes of FY11 by reading our annual report.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ACT Hepatitis B Screening Event Recap

After months of planning, AAHI collaborated with the Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington (KCSC) to implement phase one of the comprehensive hepatitis B project. On Saturday, November 12, AAHI, KCSC, Global Mission Church (GMC), and a robust group of volunteers coordinated the screening day event. Prior to having their blood drawn for a hepatitis B test, community members attended a culturally and linguistically tailored health education lecture on hepatitis B. All participants will regroup in about one months time to receive their screening results, have a one-on-one screening consultation with a physician, and receive a free vaccination if needed. AAHI thanks KCSC, GMC, the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), and all of the volunteers for a smooth and successful event.
11-12-11 KCSC ACT Hep B Screening Day

Monday, November 14, 2011

"Grants101" Workshop

Empowering Community Health Organizations (E.C.H.0.) Project 2012:

On Wednesday, November 9th, AAHI hosted the second workshop in a series of practical and professional workshops designed to empower and enhance the ability of community leaders to develop culturally and linguistically competent health programming to serve Asian Americans in Montgomery County. The workshop was facilitated by four expert panelists: Lauren Stillwell, Donor Services Manager, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County; Peggy Fitzgerald-Bare, Council Grants Manager, Montgomery County Council; Barbara Goliday, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Holy Cross Hospital Foundation; and Stacey Williams, Grants Coordinator, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The panelists provided an overview of federal grants, County Council grants, and foundation grants. This event brought together a diverse group of community leaders hailing from various backgrounds. There were over 50 attendees representing 27 organizations. A sincere thank you to our expert speakers and our attendees for making this workshop a great success!

11-09-11 E.C.H.O. "Grants101" Workshop

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Recap of Past Events

AAHI Community,

We have had a full calendar these past few weeks! We attended three outreach events in the community, the Chinese American Senior Association (CASSA) health fair on October 29th, the Sri Lankan Buddhist Ceremony at the International Buddhist Temple on October 30th, and the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC) health fair on November 5th. At all of these outreach events, we helped educate the community on several health topics such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, hepatitis B, and community resources to name a few. At the CASSA and CCACC health fairs, we were also able to conduct bone density screenings for the community.

In addition the the outreach events, we attended and presented at the American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition. We had the opportunity to conduct three oral presentations and one poster presentation. It was a wonderful opportunity for professional development.

CASSA Health Fair, October 29, 2011:
10-29-11 CASSA Health Fair

International Buddhist Temple Ceremony, October 30, 2011:
10-30-11 Sri Lankan Buddhist Festival

APHA Meeting, October 31-November 1, 2011:
10-31-11 & 11-01-11 APHA Conference

CCACC Health Fair, November 5, 2011:
11-5-11 CCACC Health Fair

Monday, November 7, 2011

Call for Nominations for the Asian & Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network National Advisory Council

The Asian & Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network is seeking nominations for the National Cancer Survivors Network National Advisory Council. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2011. Please click here for more information or read below. For the nomination form, please click here.

"APINCSN was founded in 1998 by Susan M. Shinagawa and the late
Reverend Frank Chong and is a network of cancer survivors, their
family members, health care providers, researchers, and community
members and organizations who are concerned about the issue of
cancer and survivorship in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and
Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities. APINCSN is a program
of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF).
A volunteer National Advisory Council shall provide guidance to
assist APINCSN in pursuing its mission, vision, and goals.
Membership in the National Advisory Council shall come from the
United States and Pacific Island Jurisdictions and provide APIAHF
staff with input and recommendations on community-driven
strategies to enable them to better plan, implement, and evaluate
activities.Go to www.apincsn.org for more details."