Asian American Health Initiative
Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) was established to help eliminate health disparities that exist between Asian Americans and their non-Asian counterparts. The mission of AAHI is to identify the health care needs of the Asian American community, to develop culturally competent health care services, and to implement health education programs that are accessible and available for all Asian Americans in Montgomery County. AAHI provides education and awareness about hepatitis B, cancer (breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate), diabetes, osteoporosis, and tobacco control (among other topics) through seminars, health events, and community outreach. In addition, AAHI conducts on-site osteoporosis screenings at community events and provides referrals to community services (such as cancer screenings) to eligible Montgomery County residents. To provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services and interventions to Asian Americans, AAHI also developed a Patient Navigators Program. Through this program, trained Asian American medical interpreters may provide translation services at community clinic sites as well as assist with navigation of health care access over the telephone hotline.