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Pathways to Health: ”At 66 I feel the best I ever have”—The importance of...

Maria Teresa Diaz had been feeling lethargic and low for a while. A busy grandmother in her mid-sixties, she spent years looking after others, often neglecting her own health. She had gotten used to being overweight and hadn’t felt the need to change.

Pathways to Health: Many still need help understanding health insurance

Many still need help understanding health insurance. With the Affordable Care Act, more people than ever have the opportunity to access affordable health care. Sadly, many are still not taking full advantage of their...

The health of our community begins with a vote

Akemi Matsumoto recalls her grandmother, who came to the United States from Japan when she was 18 years old. She worked hard, paid taxes, and raised 12 children alone after the death of her...

Waiting for the sun

"One of Maria’s two pastors passed away. The health advocate from Swedish left, moving onto another position. These small breaks offer insight into how little it takes to derail someone like Maria. The cost of a phone bill can be a barrier to following up on appointments. Unreliable transportation means not getting somewhere. In this case, the exit of people who had made it their commitment to look out for her was all it took to set Maria adrift."

Saving America’s health centers: Surviving for a second chance

"It is one of life’s great ironies. As a resident of Hong Kong—the home Yinha Lai left behind more than 20 years ago—she had regular and unimpeded access to one of the world’s most advanced, low-cost universal health care systems. Here in the United States, Yinha’s adopted home, a trip to the doctor’s office has been something she has felt she cannot afford."

Saving America’s Health Centers: Not going back

To talk to “Asha” is to understand the blind instinct that drives people to willingly give up everything they know for much they don’t, in pursuit of something they are convinced must be better. It’s the hope for a better life. It’s the universal story of the immigrant. It’s also the backstory for more than 98% percent of all Americans.

Sick with worry: Asians and minorities ignore the need to heal in a climate...

Increased fear of discrimination and harsh immigration policies are causing mental anguish for people in Seattle’s minority, immigrant, and refugee communities. The unease is so prevalent it’s keeping them from seeing a doctor or therapist, and creating paralysis when the community could most use the support of counseling and other health-related services.

Pathways To Health presented by ICHS – Asian Americans must act to end Hepatitis...

The following is a message from International Community Health Services. There is a silent killer that disproportionately effects one in 12 Asian Americans and other immigrants. It is the leading cause of liver cancer, easily...

Pathways To Health presented by ICHS- Get Walking for Health Equity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS-OMH) chooses a theme each year, and partners around the United States join to raise awareness about the health disparities that minorities...