The Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) was established and funded in Fiscal Year 2005 to help eliminate health disparities that exist between Asian Americans and their non-Asian counterparts. It is part of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services—Office of Minority and Multicultural Health. The AAHI's purpose is to develop appropriate health programs that meet the needs of a diverse group of Asian Americans living in the County.
AAHI’s goals are:
- To conduct an in-depth data collection, analysis and reporting of health status for the different ethnic groups in the Asian American Community.
- To expand and improve the existing health services available to Asian Americans.
- To ensure the availability of quality health care directed to the specific needs of the different ethnic groups in the community.
- To provide outreach programs to inform and educate the different ethnic groups about the accessibility and the availability of health care services.
- To ensure that all ethnic groups in the Asian American Community have their fair share of health care by eliminating barriers.
Naomi Bloch, Community Liaison for Councilmember Trachtenberg, and Wil Gutierrez, Administrative Assistant, were also present at the meeting.