OAKLAND, Calif. (December 7, 2010) – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations recently received over $4 million to help existing and new community-based organizations integrate Health Information Technology into their practices and provide improved health care to medically underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.
AAPCHO received $2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support its Community Health Applied Research Network project, which helps Community Health Centers measure how nonclinical services, such as interpretation or health education, improves patient health.
A second $1 million HRSA grant will help strengthen AAPCHO’s Health Information Exchange project, which also tracks CHC patient health outcomes. A final $1 million-plus Office of Minority Health award grant will allow AAPCHO to help new organizations in their efforts to provide health care to AA&NHOPI populations.
These awards will help AAPCHO ensure that medically underserved AA&NHOPIs continue to receive quality health care, by ensuring that organizations can benefit from the integration of HIT, and by increasing the number of health care providers serving AA&NHOPI communities.
“This new funding will lead to better health care for some of our most vulnerable AA&NHOPI populations,” said Jeffrey Caballero, executive director of AAPCHO. “With this money, CHCs’ and community-based organizations’ services will become more efficient and effective once they are able to integrate HIT into their practices, and therefore their patients will benefit from improved health care as well.”
Caballero adds that the OMH award to expand the number of health care providers serving AA&NHOPIs will address a critical need. “With the growing number of uninsured AA&NHOPIs, it is important that there is also an adequate number of CHC providers to serve them. This grant will help in our efforts to ensure that more culturally and linguistically appropriate providers exist nationwide.”
AAPCHO is a national association representing 27 community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders in the United States.
For more information on AAPCHO and its Guiding Principles and Values, please visit www.aapcho.org or on Facebook under aapcho.