Outreach Program Adapted to Improve Health Care for Asian People in Philadelphia

Replication of a community-based partnership to provide health education, outreach, and case management to urban Chinese and other Asia populations

From 1998 to 2001, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, and New York University (NYU) Downtown Hospital worked together to develop and implement the Chinese Community Partnership for Health, designed to improve the health of Asian populations in Philadelphia.

Key Results: Project staff:

  • Opened a Chinese Health Information Center near Philadelphia's Chinatown, which 12,357 individuals visited during the grant period. Benefits counseling at the center enabled 215 families that would not otherwise have had medical insurance to receive benefits.
  • Developed a program of health screenings and screened a total of 1,712 people in the Chinese and Vietnamese communities for hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol; many of those with abnormal results were linked to a medical care provider.
  • Instituted a Chinese Language HealthLine, which received 9,334 calls during the grant period. After a major outreach effort in 2000, calls from new mothers increased from none to 262.
  • Conducted three culturally sensitive parenting workshops for parents of preschoolers, preteens and adolescents in June of 1999. The following year, the Pew Charitable Trusts provided funds to expand the program and enhance the curriculum.
  • Produced a childbirth education video, Caring for You and Your Baby, available in the Cantonese and Mandarin dialects.
  • Translated an array of patient information and education materials into Chinese dialects and obtained other Chinese health resources for use at the Health Information Center.