Liou, Julia; Lee, Jennifer; Somsanith, Darouny; Hirota, Sherry; Okahara, Linda; Nguyen, Kim Dung; Billings, Phuong-An Doan
June 2007
American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p105
Academic Journal
This article chronicles the development of a Community Health Worker (CHW) model at Asian Health Services (AHS), a community health center, to integrate patient leadership development and advocacy into its work. With a CHW model that has evolved from a disease specific approach to one of health equity, AHS has taken steps to proactively address political environments and interweave patient leadership development with the establishment of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean Patient Leadership Councils. The impetus behind the formation of these councils and the steps taken towards incorporating these patient leader groups into AHS' CHW infrastructure is described. Through this process, AHS has established a foundation for patient leadership and engagement in low-income Asian immigrant communities.


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