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AAPI Nexus Journal Releases Special Community Health Center Issue

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Photo Credit: Les Talusan/AAPCHO

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center took part in a very special issue of the AAPI Nexus Journal, that focused on the role community health centers have in Asian American communities across the country.

The AAPI Nexus is a national journal that focuses on policies, practices and community research to benefit the nation’s burgeoning Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. This edition is entitled “Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander Communities and Federally Qualified Health Centers”, which celebrates the 50th year of the community health center movement.

Health Center staff co-authored numerous articles published in this issue in areas including research participation of community health centers, the Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment efforts, Chinese language patient portal, PCMH model addressing Hepatitis B perinatal transmission and families with children with special health care needs, building a data warehouse to promote research, and efforts to implement patient experience survey. Take a look at the abstracts here.

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AAPCHO Executive Director, Jeffrey Caballero; Congresswoman Grace Meng; CBWCHC Chief Executive Director, Jane Eng. Photo Credit: Les Talusan/AAPCHO

This issue was launched at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on March 17, 2015. Among the speakers that provided remarks at the launch event were Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary of Health of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Congresswomen Grace Meng (D-NY) and Judy Chu (D-CA), two leading Asian American voices on Capitol Hill, also offered congratulations at the Nexus Journal launch event and reaffirmed their support of community health center funding at the federal level. Many of our staff was able to make the trip and join the celebration as well!

The journal is a joint project of the Asian Health Services, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Waimanalo Health Center, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), and UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Dr. Shao-Chee Sim, CBWCHC’s Chief Strategy Officer, along with Professor Marjorie Kagawa-Singer of UCLA and Professor Ninez Ponce of UCLA served as co-guest editors for this special issue. Congratulations to all on this very important issue.

SinoVision covered the launch event, you can view that here.

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Author: Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center is a nonprofit and federally qualified health center, established in 1971. Our mission is to eliminate disparities in health, improve health status, and expand access to the medically underserved with a focus on Asian Americans. Our vision is to strive to be a Center for Excellence by being a leader in providing quality, culturally relevant, and affordable health care and education, and advocacy on behalf of the health and social needs of the medically underserved with a focus on Asian Americans. We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to achieve their highest level of health. Learn more at www.cbwchc.org.

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