ASIAC (formerly AIDS Services in Asian Communities) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community based organization promoting access for Asians & Pacific Islanders who face linguistic, cultural and systemic barriers to culturally competent healthcare, HIV/AIDS services, and social services.
In 1995, a diverse group of Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) organized in response to early indications that HIV/AIDS was spreading within Philadelphia’s API communities. Recognizing that there was a lack of resources designed to meet the needs of APIs, ASIAC was created to address cultural and linguistic gaps in the health and social service system, to develop interventions targeting the highest risk subpopulations (including gay men), and to provide leadership through advocacy and community organizing. With over fourteen years of experience connecting culturally and linguistically isolated communities to essential HIV services, ASIAC has become a recognized authority on healthcare barriers facing API and immigrant populations. The agency was given a GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT award in 2006. Looking forward, ASIAC is building on its experience to expand services into new areas, such as hepatitis B education.
All services are confidential, free of charge, and are delivered by trained professional staff. Services are provided regardless of residency or immigration status. Current programs include:
• HIV Testing and Counseling
• Medical Case Management
• Linguistic Services
• Capacity Building & Technical Assistance
COLLABORATIONS: Current and past collaborators include the Philip Jaisohn Medical Center, the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC), the African Family Health Organization (AFAHO), ActionAIDS, Mazzoni Center, the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI), Congreso de Latinos Unidos, COLOURS, WOAR, and Intercultural Family Services. ASIAC is involved in the Philadelphia HIV Community Planning Group (CPG) and the Ryan White Planning Council.
FUNDING: Current and past supporters include: the Philadelphia Department of Public Health - AIDS Activities Coordinating Office (Centers for Disease Control and Ryan White CARE Act) and Office of Maternal & Child Health (Healthy Start Initiative); The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium (Ryan White CARE Act); Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (via We the People and Intercultural Family Services); Delaware Valley Legacy Fund; AIDS Fund; Samuel S. Fels Fund; Gill Foundation; Philadelphia Foundation; Mazzoni Center; API Wellness Center; and many individual supporters.
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