Our History

A part of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Asian American Health Initiative was formed in 2005 to address the unique and neglected health needs of Montgomery County’s Asian American residents. Through a joint effort of the former Asian American Cancer Program, the County Executive, County Council, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and community leaders, AAHI was the County’s first health-related program to specifically deal with the health needs of this diverse community.

Informed by best practices in community and public health and designed around the particular needs of Montgomery County’s Asian American population, AAHI’s programs were developed to target specific disparities prevalent in the community, including cancer, osteoporosis, hepatitis B, diabetes, and tobacco use.

Providing guidance throughout the organization’s growth and development, the AAHI Steering Committee comprises a diverse group of professionals and community leaders who offer expertise and technical assistance in the design and development of program activities.

2002

 

July

Development of Asian American Cancer Program (AACP)

2003

 

December

AACP and Asian American Community leaders develop a work plan to submit for initial funding request for AAHI

2004

 

July

AAHI is funded under Department of Health and Human Services Mission and goals are drafted.
AAHI is born!

August

Health Needs Assessment conducted among seven Asian American communities in Montgomery County

September

Development of AAHI identity, brochure, and website

2005

 

May

AACP merges under AAHI, AAHI Steering Committee is formed

July

AAHI develops its Hepatitis B program

2006

 

May

Asian American Health Conference 2006 –Commitment to Change: Exploring Health Disparities in Asian American Communities

June

AAHI website becomes multilingual

July

The Health Promoters Program is developed

September

Development of the Osteoporosis, Diabetes, and Tobacco Control programs

2008

 

March

Development of Small Business Initiative to provide health education and increase access among uninsured, LEP workers

April

AAHI begins development of the Patient Navigator Program

August

Health Needs Assessment among 13 communities in Montgomery County, culminates in publication of Asian American Health Priorities: Strengths, Needs, and Opportunities for Action

2009

 

May

Asian American Health Conference 2009—A Time for Change: Transforming Opportunities into Action

2010

 

January

AAHI launches its Hepatitis B Pilot Project with a free screening attended by 124 community members

Summer

Development of a 5-year Strategic Plan guided by shifts in public health theories, research, and practice and the economic milieu of our time

Publication of the AAHI storybook Voices Among the Silent: Stories of Struggle and Strength from Asian Americans in Montgomery County, Maryland to educate and raise awareness about the myriad health issues faced by Asian American communities in Montgomery County