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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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Breast Cancer Support Group – Look Good Feel Better Session

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In October, the Health Center held a special Look Good Feel Better session during its monthly breast cancer support group. The breast cancer support group is a culturally sensitive and language appropriate cancer support group that supports Chinese American women who have been diagnosed with or are survivors of breast cancer. This much needed service provides ongoing emotional support, and resources on breast cancer treatment and support services.

During this support group meeting, members participated in a group beauty session hosted by Look Good Feel Better (LGFB). LGFB is a public service program that teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Volunteer cosmetologists gave makeup tutorials and demonstrations of wig fittings and headscarves to the support group members. Staff from the Health Center and the American Cancer Society (ACS) provided interpretation in both Cantonese and Mandarin for members. Laughter and chatter were heard throughout the session and the activity seemed to lift the spirits of the women, especially for three women who attended the group for the first time. One woman noted that she made new friends through the session and gained a support system—and they looked forward to attending future support groups together.

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Participants were provided with makeup kits to use and several women mentioned they will continue practicing at home. Participants, volunteers, and staff all thoroughly enjoyed the session. A special thanks to the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, ACS, and the Professional Beauty Association who partner together to support the LGFB program, and to Komen Greater NYC for supporting a culturally sensitive cancer prevention and support program for Chinese American women in the community. If you would like to learn more about our breast cancer screening and support services, email Esther Kim at Ekim@cbwchc.org.