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AAPCHO Releases Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities in Action

March 1, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Archive] Stacy Lavilla
Director of Communications
(510) 272-9536 x110
slavilla@aapcho.org

March 1, 2002 – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) released its “Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities in Action” compendium, which highlights successful health care programs that increase access to health care and address health disparities in AAPI communities.

Disproportionately affected by certain diseases, such as tuberculosis and diabetes, AAPIs still lack the access to health care services that many individuals enjoy. One factor prohibiting AAPIs from receiving the health care they need is the shortage of culturally and linguistically appropriate health care programs.

The compendium, which was developed in cooperation with the Bureau of Primary Health Care, features 13 programs that increase health care access and address some of the health disparities facing AAPIs across the U.S. and the Pacific territories. The models, each of which are sensitive to the culture and languages spoken by AAPIs, range from mental health to dental services, to diet and nutrition, to breast and cervical cancer and outreach programs.

“Each of these case studies demonstrates that programs that are successful are culturally and linguistically tailored to the community that is served,” said Jeffrey Caballero, executive director of AAPCHO. “Our primary goal in developing this document is to highlight these successful programs, and encourage other organizations to either replicate these programs or use these existing strategies to tailor programs for AAPIs in their communities.”

AAPCHO is a national, not-for-profit organization, representing community health centers that provide quality, comprehensive community health care services that are financially affordable, linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate for AAPIs.

For more information on the compendium call (510) 272-9536. To download the compendium, go to www.aapcho.org. A printed version of the document will be available in May.

Media Relations

Beverly Quintana
(510) 272-9536 x112
bquintana@aapcho.org

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