Friday, April 27, 2012

Montgomery County Council proclamation of National Minority Health Month

On Tuesday, April 24, the Montgomery County Council presented a proclamation in recognition of National Minority Health Month to the chairs of the Asian American Health Initiative Steering Committee, African American Health Program Executive Committee, and Latino Health Initiative Steering Committee. Research has shown that members of some minority groups may suffer substantially more health problems and expect to live 20 years less than others because of where they live, their race, their education and their income. With the commitment that every American should have the opportunity to live a healthier life, the members of the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee — George Leventhal, Craig Rice, and Nancy Navarro — presented the proclamation. AAHI thanks the County Council and Steering Committee for their continued support.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Community Meeting to discuss Genetic Testing: What is your Risk?

Montgomery County's Cancer Crusade is holding its annual community meeting on Wednesday, May 16 from 5:30pm - 8pm. The topic for this meeting is Genetic Testing: What is your Risk? Additional information can be found in the flyer below or by clicking here. Registration is required; call 301-896-3939.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy (belated) New Year!

Happy New Year to all those who celebrated this past week! AAHI celebrated at the Cambodian New Year Celebration and Sri Lankan New Year Festival on Sunday, April 15.

At the Cambodian celebration, AAHI used the wheel of health to educate on various cancers and provided health education on topics including diabetes, breast self examination, and hepatitis B screening. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett also stopped by the AAHI table.
04-15-12 Cambodia New Year

At the Sri Lankan festival, AAHI conducted carbon monoxide screening and provided health education on diabetes, cancer, and breast self examination.
04-15-12 Sri Lankan New Year

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Job Announcement

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is currently accepting job applications for an office administrator. Please click here to see the job announcement.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

AAHI "Grants 102" Workshop

AAHI will be hosting a technical assistance workshop 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.

Are you intimidated by the grant proposal process? Do you want to learn how to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP)? Join us as we dive into the specifics of how to write a grant proposal. This free, interactive workshop will help you gain practical skills in preparing an effective grant proposal and is a great follow-up to our Grants 101 workshop from the fall. Previous attendance at Grants 101 is not necessary to attend this workshop.

“Grants 102”
Date: Wednesday, May 30
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, Great Hall 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 RSVP online by Friday, May 18, 2012.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Wana Jin, AAHI Program Coordinator, via email or telephone at 240-777-1871. We hope you join us in building a healthy community.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Register for Spring 2012 classes at Gilchrist Multicultural Center

The Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity will be holding its spring registration on April 11, 12 and 14. Registrations will be held at the Midcounty Regional Services Center located at 2424 Reedie Drive in Wheaton and the Upcounty Regional Services Center located at 12900 Middlebrook Road in Germantown.

Some of the classes that residents can register for include English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship Preparation, American Expressions and Idioms, Basic Computers and Spanish language classes. ESL classes are offered in both Wheaton and Germantown.

Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. Registrations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals must register in person for ESL and computer classes and in person or by fax for Spanish language classes.

For more information, view the Spring Programs flyer or visit the Gilchrist Center website.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CASSA Health Check-Up

On Saturday, March 31, AAHI participated in the Chinese American Senior Service Association (CASSA) health check-up event in Germantown. The health check-ups occur twice a year and AAHI has been invited to take part in the events for the past few years. AAHI's health promoters and interns provided bone density screenings as well as education on health topics such as osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, and hepatitis B. We enjoy our long-standing partnership with CASSA and look forward to the next event!
03-31-12 CASSA Health Fair

Monday, April 2, 2012

April is Minority Health Month!

AAHI is proud to celebrate April as Minority Health Month, as we continue in our mission to identify the health care needs of Asian American communities, to develop culturally competent health care services, and to implement health education programs that are accessible and available for all Asian Americans in Montgomery County.

Racial and ethnic minorities often face more barriers to seeking health care than others. As a result, they are more likely to have health problems. These differences in health are known as health disparities. For example, the hepatitis B-related death rate among Asian Americans is 7 times greater than the rate among the white population. To learn more about how you can help reduce health disparities, visit the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). You can also get involved with AAHI!

So as we celebrate Minority Health Month, we especially thank all the community members who partner with AAHI in reducing health disparities in Montgomery County!