April 21, 2009

Cleveland Asian Pacific Islanders Minority Health Initiative Earns Community Outreach Grant

When the Center for Community Partnerships invited Case Western Reserve University departments and groups seeking charitable funding to apply for its new Community Outreach Program grants, they received dozens of applications. Ten campus affiliates were selected to receive $1,000 each for the 2008-2009 academic year to continue their outreach work in the areas of PreK-12, senior citizens, health, social service, community and economic development, and lifelong learning.

Each of the winning groups will be featured in an ongoing series. Learn more about the Cleveland Asian Pacific Islanders Minority Health Initiative :

Through the American Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) chapter at Case Western Reserve, Cleveland's Asian Pacific Islander (API) population will receive much needed health screenings and information.

The Cleveland Asian Pacific Islanders Minority Health Initiative is a new expansion of several community-based health screenings and educational activities initiated by the university group.

According to their grant application, the API group is "a population at high risk for undetected chronic Hepatitis B, diabetes, osteoporosis in women and mental health issues,, and are largely underrepresented in the national marrow registry."

With their Community Outreach Grant, they plan to improve health literacy and dispel health care associated stigmas and myths in a culturally and linguistically competent environment; focus on early detection, counseling and health referrals; and raise awareness of health disparities in the API community among health care professionals and medical students.

Plans include purchasing Hepatitis B screening kits, advertising in local Asian-language newspapers, supplying the targeted group with health education literature and fliers, and purchasing healthy food and beverage samples.

The group will reach out to the API population at Asian stores and charity centers, as well as specific activities and festivals. Medical school students plan on offering hands-on demonstrations and counseling, and intend to work with agencies and organizations that work directly with the API population.

In addition, APAMSA plans to sustain the outreach initiatives via fundraisers, student medical volunteers and health care agencies and physicians willing to donate free services.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, April 21, 2009 02:08 PM | News Topics: Awards, Collaborations/Partnerships, Community Outreach, Grants, School of Medicine, Students, features, news

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