Friday, May 31, 2013

E.C.H.O. Workshop #5 – The Affordable Care Act in Montgomery County

AAHI recently hosted “The Affordable Care Act in Montgomery County – What You Need to Know” workshop on Tuesday, May 28th. This was the fifth workshop in our Empowering Community Health Organizations (E.C.H.O.) Project, which provides practical and professional workshops designed to build the capacity and sustainability of community organizations that serve Montgomery County.

The workshop was led by Uma Ahluwalia, Director for Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, who presented an overview of how the Affordable Care Act will be implemented at the County level. Attendees learned how the new health care law will impact Montgomery County residents. There was a full house of over 50 attendees representing about 27 organizations from the community. We want to thank our speaker, attendees, Health Promoters, Steering Committee, and staff for making this a successful event!

05-28-13 ECHO #5

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Welcome New Staff!

AAHI is excited to introduce our new Program Specialist, Sierra Jue-Leong! Please join us in welcoming her to the AAHI community! Read on to learn more about Sierra’s background.

Sierra Jue-Leong recently joined the Asian American Health Initiative team as the Program Specialist. Her main responsibilities include planning, implementing, and evaluating the health programs. She has experience in health education and training as well as program planning and evaluation. Sierra received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California San Diego, and her Master of Public Health in Population and Family Health from Columbia University.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Chinmaya Mission Health Fair

On Sunday, May 12, AAHI worked with Chinmaya Mission in Silver Spring to hold a Health Fair for its community members. Health Promoters provided health education as well as the popular bone density screenings to participants. Health Promoters at each table covered a specific health topic. These topics included cancer education, heart health, and general wellness.

We would like to thank our partners at Chinmaya Mission and our Health Promoters for helping make this health fair a success!

05-12-13 Chinmaya Mission Health Fair

Friday, May 10, 2013

Free Workshop: Affordable Care Act in Montgomery County

AAHI will be hosting a FREE technical assistance workshop as part of the Empowering Community Health Organizations (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.

“The Affordable Care Act in Montgomery County: What You Need to Know"
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Light dinner from 5:30-6 p.m., Workshop begins at 6 p.m.)
Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, Spring & Ellsworth Rooms, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910

The full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is set for 2014 and significant changes in the health care system have already taken effect. How does Maryland plan to implement the ACA? What do these changes mean for you, your family, and employers in Montgomery County in the upcoming year? Attend this free workshop to learn about the key features of the ACA and how the new health care law will impact residents in Montgomery County.

RSVP is required and space is limited. Please RSVP online by Friday, May 17, 2013.

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Recap of Past Events

As we welcome May, AAHI continues to be very active in the community! Please read on for more information about these events.

Resource Table at Guru Nanak Foundation of America
On Sunday, May 5, AAHI provided health education to community members at the Guru Nanak Foundation of America in Silver Spring. AAHI displayed materials on a variety of topics at our Resource table, including breast cancer, hepatitis B, osteoporosis, local resources, diabetes, heart health, and patient-physician communication.
05-05-13 Resource Table at Guru Nanak Foundation of America

Active Aging Expo
The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with the Montgomery Village Foundation, Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission, and Asbury Methodist Village, hosted its 5th Annual Active Aging Expo on Monday, May 6. AAHI shared information on different health topics and also offered carbon monoxide screenings to attendees. Many participants who approached our table expressed their appreciation for the educational materials available in multiple Asian languages.
05-06-13 Active Aging Expo

Friday, May 3, 2013

Recap of Recent Events

Last week, AAHI had an exciting and eventful week in the community! Please read below for a recap of the events.

Heart Disease Lecture at Bethany Presbyterian Church
On Thursday, April 25, AAHI gave a health lecture at Bethany Presbyterian Church to educate Korean seniors about heart disease and the importance of maintaining a healthy heart. Health Promoters conducted the presentation in Korean, which included a general overview of heart disease, risk factors, prevention, and information on local screening services available to eligible County residents. A representative from our Patient Navigator Program (PNP) also joined us in sharing information on local resources to the community.
Participants were very happy to learn about AAHI services and appreciated our work in providing health education and information on local resources in their language.
04-25-13 Heart Disease Lecture at Bethany Presbyterian Church

Resource Table at Idara-e-Jaferia Islamic Center
On Friday, April 26, AAHI provided health education to members of the Idara-e-Jaferia Islamic Center in Burtonsville. AAHI had information on breast cancer, hepatitis B, osteoporosis, local resources, diabetes, and patient-physician communication displayed on its general resources table. Participants also had the opportunity to spin the Wheel of Health of Education and answer questions related to heart disease.
04-26-13 Resource Table at Idara-e-Jaferia Islamic Center

Global Mission Church Annual Bazaar
This past Saturday on April 27, AAHI attended a health fair as a part of the Annual Bazaar at Global Mission Church in Silver Spring. Health Promoters provided health education on a variety of health topics as well as the bone density screening, a very popular service among the community members. We were also joined by our community partners, including the U.S. Public Health Service and the Montgomery County Women’s Cancer Control Program, in serving the community at the event.
04-27-13 Global Mission Church Bazaar

Thank you to all the Health Promoters and our community partners for their support at these events!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

AAHI's May Newsletter

The May issue of AAHI's newsletter is now available online. Please click here to read the newsletter. You can also subscribe to our email list here.