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Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 620
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: (510) 272-9536  
Fax: (510) 272-0817
E-mail: nagbayani@aaphco.org
Title: The Role of Enabling Services as Social Capital for Increasing Access to Quality Health Care for Underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Project Period: 9/30/05 - 9/29/09
Project Director: Nina Agbayani
Target Population: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders


The Association of Asian and Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is a national, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access to health care of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. AAPCHO's membership includes 16 Community Health Centers (CHCs) located in communities with high concentrations of medically underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs): California, Hawaii, Washington, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Each CHC provides community-responsive, financially affordable, and culturally and linguistically appropriate primary health care services. AAPCHO members have expertise in enabling services such as community outreach, patient education, and interpreter and translation services. The CHCs provide these services to numerous AAPI sub-populations in more than 15 languages. AAPCHO develops and implements collaborative projects, and has utilized its partnerships with other non-health related organizations to conduct broader education and outreach efforts.

The Role of Enabling Services as Social Capital for Increasing Access to Quality Health Care for Underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: This project is designed to increase social capital and access to quality primary health care services by ensuring that community health centers have the ability to provide culturally appropriate enabling services for underserved AAPIs. Working with four medically underserved AAPI areas, AAPCHO seeks to increase vertical linkages, conduct health assessments and capacity-building training, and implement community action plans. AAPCHO will develop and maintain a database of resources available from local and regional organizations including heath care providers/organizations, hospitals, free clinics, and social service organizations within each area. A National Advisory Committee (NAC) will be appointed to establish protocols and direct the needs assessment and community action planning, implementation, and evaluation processes. Local AAPI community stakeholders will be recruited in each area to participate in asset-based community needs assessments and community action plans to increase appropriate health utilization. A public forum will be held in each underserved community, which will provide an opportunity for the NAC, community participants and the project team to obtain feedback from and engage the larger community in a discussion on the overall finding from the community health assessment. Two leadership and enabling service training sessions will take place within each area. From the findings of this project, AAPCHO will develop a national health policy report, including recommendations, that will incorporate aggregated findings from each of the four underserved area's community health assessment results.



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