Grant Program: NUCA II
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Suite 620, Oakland, CA 94612-2037
(510) 272-9536 (Phone)
The mission of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is to promote advocacy, collaboration, and leadership in order to improve the health status and accessibility of care of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPIs) within the United States and associated territories. These efforts are primarily fulfilled through partnerships with community health centers (CHCs). AAPCHO develops, tests, and evaluates health education and promotion programs with national significance and offers technical assistance and training to promote the establishment and expansion of services for medically underserved AA&NHOPI communities.
Grant Project Information
Increasing Access to Quality Health Care for Underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders through Health Information Technology Innovations
Length of Project: 9/1/12-8/31/15
Annual Funding Level: $200,000
Project Director: Jeffrey Caballero
(510) 272-9536 (Phone)
Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPIs) are less likely to utilize preventive and specialty care in comparison to other ethnic groups, which tends to increase the burden of health disparities in this population. Although underserved AA&NHOPI populations typically rely on Community Health Centers (CHCs) for medical services, many CHCs lack important enabling services, such as language interpretation, transportation, case management and/or health education. The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization's (AAPCHO) project aims to improve access, utilization, and quality of health care among medically underserved AA&NHOPI populations by increasing the use of culturally appropriate care and health information technology (HIT) within CHCs. A key strategy to accomplish these objectives includes the creation and implementation of the AAPCHO data warehouse and dashboard, a system that will incorporate enabling services and performance measures for three CHCs that are selected nationwide.
The target population for this project consists of AA&NHOPs that visit one of three CHC project sites located in underserved areas nationwide. The grantee will use geographical information system (GIS) analysis to identify the three CHC project sites. The main implementation strategies will include using geographic software to identify three CHCs that address the needs of underserved AA&NHOPI communities; conducting a HIT needs assessment at each chosen site; developing HIT action plans that will incorporate enabling services and HIT; conducting trainings related to enabling service data collection and appropriate use of HIT; and evaluating the project's influence on increasing access to health care utilization.
The grantee will use qualitative data to evaluate progress toward achieving the long-term goal of improved health service utilization among underserved AA&NHOPI populations. Specifically, the project's influence on increasing access to healthcare utilization will be evaluated through analyses of pre-and post-health service utilization rates at each CHC project site. AAPCHO also aligns specific performance measures (many of them process measures) and expected outcomes with each identified strategy and practice. The intended outcomes of this project include increasing HIT dashboard provider knowledge and utilization by at least 10-25 percent and increasing community health access and utilization by 10-25 percent.
- OMH objective(s) towards which the project's results most contribute (check all that apply):
__ Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
_X_ Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
__ Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)
__ Other (please specify): _____________________________________
- Key Healthy People 2020 objectives or sub-objectives toward which the project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):
- D-HP2020-1: Increase the proportion of persons diagnosed with diabetes who receive formal diabetes education
- D-HP2020-6: Increase the proportion of adults with diabetes who have a glycosylated hemoglobin measurement at least twice a year
- D-HP2020-13: Improve glycemic control among the population with diagnosed diabetes
- IID HP2020-23: Increase hepatitis B vaccine coverage among high-risk groups
- IID HP2020-29: Increase the number of adolescents with two or more age-appropriate immunizations recorded in immunization information systems