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BAY AREA RESIDENT WINS NATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST

March 4, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 4, 2008 – Dr. Christina Ng of Daly City, California, has been selected as a grand prize winner in OUR STORIES: Health and Wellness in the AAPI Community, a national essay contest sponsored by the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO). Winners will be honored at AAPCHO’s 20th Anniversary: Cultivating Traditions of Wellness Gala on March 11, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

Essay contest participants were asked to describe the impact that Community Health Centers’ (CHCs) culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services have had on their lives. Dr. Ng, of Asian Health Services (AHS) in Oakland’s Chinatown, shared an experience she had helping a pregnant Chinese patient through sensitive and challenging cultural and health care issues. The family practice physician, one of AHS’s many multilingual staff, was chosen as winner of the Community Health Center Employee category of the essay contest.

“Dr. Ng’s essay represents why community health centers are successful in making a difference in the patients’ lives – she treats the patients’ health conditions effectively because of her ability to speak their language, her keen understanding of their culture, and her excellent clinical skills.” said Sherry Hirota, chief executive officer of AHS, which provides comprehensive health care to over nearly 19,000 patients annually. “Without the work of Dr. Ng and clinic staff just like her, we would not have taken significant steps forward in improving the health of our local Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.”

Jeffrey Caballero, executive director at AAPCHO, said the essay contest overall highlights the crucial role CHCs and staff like Dr. Ng play in providing services to patients. “Through this contest we not only counter the misconception that all Asians are healthy and can easily access and afford health care, but we underscore how CHC providers cultivate a culture of preventive practices which means healthier patients and lower health care system costs,” Caballero said.

AAPCHO is a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the United States, its territories, and freely associated states.

Asian Health Services (AHS) is a comprehensive community health center that provides medical care, health education, insurance counseling, and client advocacy to the underserved Asian and Pacific Islander population in Alameda County.

The winning essays are available upon request and will soon be available on AAPCHO’s website, www.aapcho.org.

Media Relations

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

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