Thursday, May 28, 2015

AAHI in the News: Cancer Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer is the leading cause of death among Asian Americans. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help prevent cancer. Prevention is the best way to fight cancer. Getting screened, avoiding tobacco, keeping a healthy way, and protecting your skin are just a few ways to prevent different types of cancer.

As part of AAHI's cultural media campaign, we collaborated with some local Asian newspapers to publish in-language articles which promote the importance of cancer prevention. Please click on the images below to read full-sized versions of the published articles! Thank you to our media partners for making these articles possible.

                       Epoch Times                                     India This Week

Korea Daily

Tre Magazine

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AAHI's May 2015 Newsletter

The May 2015 issue of AAHI's newsletter is now available online! Please click the image below to read a full-size version of the newsletter. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly newsletters via email, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Recap: E.C.H.O. Workshop #9 - Intro to Health Data

On May 13th, AAHI, in partnership with the African American Health Program and the Latino Health Initiative, hosted our "Intro to Health Data" Workshop. This was the ninth installment in our Empowering Community Health Organizations (E.C.H.O.) Project, which provides practical and professional training workshops designed to build the capacity and sustainability of community organizations.

The workshop was led by an Associate Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She covered the basics of health data and why it is important. Attendees enjoyed interacting with the speaker and answering quiz questions throughout the presentation using clickers!

Over 80 attendees, representing about 30 organizations from the community, made it to our workshop. Thank you to our wonderful speaker, Steering Committee, Health Promoters, volunteers, and staff for helping us make this a sucecssful event. We look forward to seeing you for the second part of this health data series in fall 2015!

Please click here to read the workshop summary (6.9 MB), where you will find the electronic version of the handouts provided and photo highlights from the workshop.

Click on the image below to see all workshop photos.
05-13-15 ECHO #9

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ama Tu Vida Health Festival

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

Join the Latino Health Initiative for their Ama Tu Vida Health Festival! Ama Tu Vida is a campaign to promote optimal health and wellness within the Latino community. There will be live entertainment, information to help you stay healthy, raffles, and free medical screenings (blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, blood sugar, etc.). For additional information, please call 240-777-4173.

Disclaimer: Please note the information provided above may be subject to change. Contact the respective organizations to ensure the most current information. Updated on 5/11/15.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Recap: Spring Health Expo & Mental Health Launch

On May 3rd, AAHI joined the Asian Indians for Community Service, Inc. (AICS) for their Spring Health Expo in Silver Spring. There were several vendors that provided a variety of free health care services for adults and senior citizens. Community members had a chance to get their blood tested, receive health screenings, and learn more about different health topics. At our Resource Information Table, we provided general health information and bone density screenings.

At this event, AAHI also had a special opportunity to unveil our recently created mental health projects, a multilingual photonovel and video. Over 50 people attended our launch! Special guests included a representative for Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Maryland State Delegate Susan Lee, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Beliner, and Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services Director Uma Ahluwalia. A huge thank you goes out to all the organizations and individuals who contributed their time and support to making these projects a success!

You can access our photonovels and videos, which are available in English, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and Vietnamese, on our website.

Click here to see more photos from the event.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Women's Health Event

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Holy Cross Hospital Professional Community Education Center, 1500 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Cost: Free
Registration: Required. To register, please visit or call 301-754-8800.

Need inspiration to get healthy? Attend this fun and informative health event hosted by Holy Cross Hospital to get the motivation you need to take charge of your health! Receive health screenings (blood pressure, vision, bone density), participate in informative health lectures, and enjoy a seated massage. Registration for screenings begins at 9:30 am and the program starts at 10:00 am.

Disclaimer: Please note the information provided above may be subject to change. Contact the respective organizations to ensure the most current information. Updated on 5/5/15.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

AAHI Mental Health Project Launch!

The month of May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, as well as National Mental Health Awareness Month. Together with County Executive Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Director Uma Ahluwalia, policymakers, and community leaders, AAHI launches two unique projects today to commemorate this special time. Our recently created projects, a multilingual photonovel and video, focus on mental health in the Asian American community.

As friends and partners of AAHI, we are excited to share these new resources with you! Please click on the images to see full-size versions of the photonovel and video in English, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and Vietnamese. You can also access all photonovels and videos through our website's resource library by clicking here.

Be the one that makes a difference.

Mental Health Photonovel: Understanding is the First Step


Mental Health Video: Let's Talk About Mental Health



Friday, May 1, 2015

Recap: Last Weekend's Outreach Events

AAHI went to two outreach events last Sunday, April 26th!

We joined the Rainbow Gardens Adult Day Health Care Center, along with the American Diversity Group, for their health fair in Gaithersburg. There were several vendors in attendance which provided free medical advice, education, and care such as ears/nose/throat check-ups, glaucoma eye exams, and dental hygiene information. Twenty-five people stopped by AAHI's Resource Information Table where we provided information on general health topics.

Click here for more photos from the event.

AAHI also assisted the Viet Nam Medical Assistance Program (VNMAP) with their Screening, Management, Awareness, and Solutions for Hepatitis B (SMASH-B) Results & Vaccination Day in Rockville. This is the second event in VNMAP's free hepatitis B education, screening, vaccination, and treatment referral program. Community members received their results from the hepatitis B screenings and if needed, they were able to receive free vaccinations! Afterwards, they attended an educational lecture on hepatitis B. AAHI also had their Resource Information Table set up which had information on general health topics as well as the Wheel of Health Education. 

Click here for more photos from the event.

Thank you Rainbow Gardens Adult Day Health Care Center, American Diversity Group, and VNMAP for inviting us to your events - we had a great time!