Filipino Mental Health Initiative (FMHI) Celebrating 10th Anniversary in San Bruno Senior Center

The Filipino Mental Health Initiative (FMHI) is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 11 am – 3 pm at the San Bruno Senior Center (1555 Crystal Springs Rd, San Bruno, CA)

There will be FREE Filipino food, Filipino food cooking demo by Astig Vegan, Zumba, therapy dogs, raffle prizes and more!  A special appearance by Miss California 2016. For more information, please see flyer.

There is still space available for organizations to table at the event’s Community Health.  Please contact FMHISMC@gmail.com

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SF Bay Area teams up with the Alliance for Filipino American Community Health Workers

Filipino Community Cancer Collaborative partners are now part of a new Filipino health education and outreach collaboration – the Alliance for Filipino American Community Health Workers. Recently the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (NYU CASAA) and Kalusugan Coalition, Inc. (KC) received funds from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support activities that aim to promote heart health among underserved and minority populations. This funding will specifically support the development of the Alliance of Filipino American Community Health Workers. You can read more about the Heart Health Project in the press release.

Currently, this Alliance will strengthen the capacity of community health workers from three partner sites: the Filipino Community Cancer Collaborative (SF Bay Area), Pan-American Concerned Citizens Action League (Hudson, NJ) and Kalusugan Community Services (San Diego County, CA). All three groups are being trained and will maintain a peer-to-peer mentorship system to facilitate the success of implementing NHLBI’s Healthy Heart, Healthy Family (HHHF) curriculum education among the Filipino communities.

Thank you to the following FCCC related organizations who participated in the Alliance of Filipino American Community Health Workers’s training in July 2012: Health Ways, Pilipino Senior Resource Center, Mabuhay Health Center, San Mateo County Health System, American Cancer Society, and Stanford Cancer Institute.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming Filipino Heart Health classes to start in September 2012. If you are interested in joining the SF Bay Area partner site of the Alliance for Filipino American Community Health Workers and/or becoming a volunteer Community Health Worker, please contact FCCC.

Filipinos Take on Healthy Heart

PRESS RELEASE:

Embargoed until July 31, 2013 / Contact Rachel Mesia via online form

New York University (NYU) Center for the Study of Asian American Health Receives Funding to Improve Heart Health Among Filipino Americans in New York City, Jersey City, San Francisco, and San Diego.

The NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (NYU CSAAH) and Kalusugan Coalition, Inc. (KC) received funds from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support activities that aim to promote heart health by preventing and controlling heart disease risk factors among underserved and minority populations. The funding award supports programs that use promising and ground-breaking ways to combine community health workers (CHWs) as key players in heart disease prevention efforts.  For NYU CSAAH and KC, this funding will specifically support their development of the Alliance of Filipino American Community Health Workers.  To begin with, this Alliance will strengthen the capacity of community health workers from Filipino Community Cancer Collaborative, a community coalition serving Filipinos in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Pan-American Concerned Citizens Action  League , a community-based organization serving Filipino immigrants living in Hudson County, NJ, and Kalusugan Community Services , a Filipino American Wellness Center that serves the Filipino community in San Diego County.

CHWs serve as health educators teaching community members about healthy lifestyle choices and skills to adopt heart healthy behaviors. The NYU CSAAH and KC will provide training and maintain a peer-to-peer mentorship system with CHWs partner sites, to ensure they have the fundamental skills to utilize the NHLBI’s Healthy Heart, Healthy Family (HHHF) health education materials tailored for Filipino communities. The educational materials are in Tagalog and English.  These sessions will be conducted in various settings, including community-based organizations, places of worship, and health clinics. KC’s  Lead CHW, Leonida Gamboa notes, “Knowing how much  heart disease affects Filipinos, I think this Alliance will greatly benefit the community by building a stronger CHW workforce.  CHWs are in a good position to really support and raise the consciousness of Filipinos to adopt healthier lifestyles so they can enjoy longer and fuller lives.”

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Underserved and minority populations have a disproportionate burden of death and disability from heart disease. Filipino Americans, in particular, exhibit higher rates of hypertension than their White counterparts (Ryan et al., 2000) and other Asian American subgroup populations (Klatsky et al., 1994).  Despite these findings, few interventions have focused on controlling hypertension or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Filipino Americans. In addition to high rates of hypertension, several studies have found that Filipino Americans experience various co-morbidities and risk factors to hypertension. For instance, Filipino American adults have been shown to have higher rates of diabetes, higher body mass index readings, and lower rates of physical activity compared to other Asian and Pacific Islander subgroups (Gomez et al, 2004, Araneta et al. 2002; Klatsky et al. 1991, Lauderdale and Rathouz 2000; Adair 2004, Mampilly et al., 2005).

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