PHRC is a member of Project CHARGE (Coalition of Health Access to Reach Greater Equity). Project CHARGE focuses on health care access issues that affect the underserved and uninsured members of our community. Formed in 2007, Project CHARGE is a health collaborative of 16 community partners that unite to address health access issues and equity for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in New York City.
KCS delivers information about the Korean community and advocates for resource allocation and program delivery that addresses the needs of that to the other groups in the coalition. Recently, KCS helped produce a brochure in Korean and English that provides valuable information to Koreans navigating the American healthcare system for the first time.
Partnership for a Healthier Queens
KCS is part of this initiative to create a healthier New York City through focusing on healthy eating, active living, tobacco-free living, and reducing underage and excessive alcohol use. KCS has paid particular attention to healthy eating, working with community groups to adopt NYC Healthy Food Standards for Events and Meetings. During the most recent grant period, KCS secured commitments from 43 churches in Queens to adopt these standards for communal meals they serve.
Sugary Drink Project
The Public Health and Research Center has been funded by the NY Department of Health to propose a project to raise sugary drink awareness to the Korean youth community in Queens, NY. Project DRINK (Drinking Right and Instilling proper Nutrition to our Kids) Healthy aims to provide culturally competent events to positively change the views of sugary drinks in the Korean youth community, and reverse the statistics of sugary drink consumption in the Asian community. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, ‘sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) are any liquids that are sweetened with various forms of added sugars like brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, and sucrose.’ Drinking high amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages can increase risks of obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, stunted growth, tooth decay, and cognitive health. Recognizing the issue unfamiliar in our community, PHRC will raise sugary drink awareness through media outreach and two large community events occurring in May. Additionally, through our partnership with Radio K-AM 1660, PHRC will be holding a Sugary Drink Awareness campaign logo song contest eligible for any students from grades K-12 with a winning prize of $300. Project DRINK Healthy intends to reach out to the Korean community about the dangers of sugary drink consumption by informing and encouraging families to drink healthy.
NYC Hep B Coalition
Since 2001, KCS has been an active partner of the New York Immigration Coalition’s Health Care Access and Advocacy Collaborative. Through the collaborative, PHRC has promoted health access among the Korean community by conducting educational workshops, providing individual counseling, and referrals to its community members.
KCS sends a representative to collborative meetings and annually takes part in a trip to Albany, NY, to speak with elected officials to address the educational and health needs of minors and increasing/restoring funding for immigrant services such as Community Health Advocate funds, which help Koreans Americans obtain public health insurance, information about hospital billing practices, and more.
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