Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in Illinois through advocacy, technical assistance, education, and community-based research.
The agency was founded as the “Asian Health Coalition of Illinois” back in 1996. Up till 1999, it was run by a volunteer Board and gained visibility in the AAPI community for its annual health conferences and health screening fairs targeting low-income, limited-English proficient clients in Chicago. In 1999, the agency was successful in getting a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Cultural Affairs to hire its first full-time Executive Director. Since that time, the agency has shortened its name to the “Asian Health Coalition” or AHC and has streamlined its focus to building strong and innovative health promotion programs in Asian communities throughout the metropolitan Chicago area. Success for AHC in capacity bulding means eventually being able to hand over the programs to the local community organizations once the program reaches a sustainable steady state.
We support a health agenda that includes:
- Advocating for culturally and linguistically appropriate services and programs.
- Increasing representation of AAPIs in all levels of the health care policy/ decision-making process.
Providing technical assistance for programs promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate community health education and disease prevention while overcoming barriers to health care access.
- Serving as a clearinghouse, think tank, and resource center for all Illinois based health related organizations for AAPI issues.
- Combating invisibility by increasing and improving the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data about AAPI populations and sub-populations