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Caring about what happens to a patient once he or she leave the office is not part of today’s medical process. Today providers are paid for writing prescriptions for antidepressants and diabetes medication. Yet, spending time to talk and find out what's going on in a patient’s life could staunch the problem before drugs or surgery become necessary. In the end, we must decide together that we can do better. To create thriving communities where people are pro-actively responsible for health, we all, everyone of us, have a role to play!

In 2013, a group of us based in Silicon Valley, California began talking about forming th California Health Corps. We called our friends to gauge interest and eight of us gathered on November 22 to make a field trip to the Asian Health Services in Oakland – a Federally Qualified Health Center that was founded during the Civil Rights Movement by students and staff from UC Berkeley. Cindy Mason marveled

“A small group of doctors at Asian Health Services are moving towards the answer to the question “What makes healthcare great?” The clinic serving the poor and underserved sits in the heart of a littered densely populated part of the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland China Town. Inside the clinic, the signs in Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Laotian, Cambodian, Tagalog, and other Asian Pacific Islander (API) languages are displayed on almost every surface. The color-coded floor tiles lead you down corridors where sorrows and fear are turned into hope and friendship. How can this be? From what I saw, its not just an office visit the staff are administering, they are fixing lives. What they do at Asian Health Services is not just about what happens in an office visit or the pills, it’s about the difficulties people face when they leave. And if you are reading any of the medical articles we are bombarded with these days, you know that this is where the real work in medicine begins. Because much of our illnesses are behavioral and can be prevented with common sense that our grandparents lived by. We need community, we need each other. By the sheer act of caring, it becomes an act of healing. This is what is going on here.”

For many of us, it was the first time we came to know of the good work underway at the community health centers like the Asian Health Services, one of a network of 9000 serving the poor and underserved around the US. Research Director Thu Quach PhD. Centers such as these are the only portion of the US Health system where patients and the community guide the policies and programs of their own primary care providers. Their mission is to “Serve and advocate for the Asian Community regarding its health rights and to assure access regardless of income, insurance status, language or culture.” They provide translation in 11 languages as part of their daily service delivery.

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