Archives 2016

Youth and Family

Youth Leadership Opportunity: AACS Seeks Youth Ambassadors for Human-Trafficking Prevention Outreach in Ohio AAPI Community

Posted: January 26, 2016
AACS seeks Youth Ambassadors for human-trafficking prevention outreach in Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati. The Youth Ambassadors will plan and execute human-trafficking prevention outreach events in their respective communities to raise awareness among AAPI youth and others. Each city will have 5 Youth Ambassadors who will work as a team. AACS and our partner agencies will provide logistical support including costs of hosting outreach events, development and translations of materials for distribution, and costs of training and travel.
For qualifications and how to apply, please see the posting here. If you have any further questions, contact Asafu Suzuki at or 614-220-4023 ext. 240.

AACS Granted $15,000 Youth Human-Trafficking Prevention Grant from OCTF

Posted: January 21, 2016
On January 14, the Ohio Children's Trust Fund (OCTF) announced AACS as one of the 9 organizations receiving a grant for youth human-trafficking prevention. AACS will work with two of our partner agencies--Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.) in Cleveland and Akron and Asian Community Alliance (ACA)--and identify youth leaders in our communities to raise awareness of human-trafficking, primarily among AAPI youth. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with our partners and youth leaders.

Health Care

Drs. Chen and Gray Speak on Cancer Disparities at AACS Community Workshop

Posted: May 1, 2016
On Saturday, April 30, AACS hosted a community workshop on cancer disparities with the support of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Guest speakers Dr. Moon Chen and Dr. Darrell Gray, II presented data, anecdotes, and other information regarding cancer disparities in minority communities and engaged with participants on related topics. Dr. Gray, who is affiliated with The Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center and The James Cancer Hospital-OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center, discussed the complexity of factors contributing to cancer disparities and introduced community education programs offered through OSU. Dr. Chen spoke about the social determinants of health that contribute to higher rates of cancer deaths among Asian/Pacific Islanders (APIs). Dr. Chen, who made enormous contributions to the Ohio API health community years ago, received a warm welcome home from the audience which largely consisted of leaders of the Ohio API and minority health community. He currently serves as the associate director for cancer control/cancer health disparities at the University of California (UC) Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Among the attendees were Ohio Minority Health Commission Executive Director Emeritus Cheryl Boyce and Columbus Health Commissioner Teresa Long as well as leaders from the governor's Ohio Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council, the Columbus Asian Festival, Ohio Asian American Health Coalition, Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.), and the Organization of Chinese Americans Columbus Chapter. AACS greatly appreciates the support shown by our community leaders and looks forward to working together with them to help eliminate cancer disparities.

Event Alert: AACS to Host Two Minority Health Month Events in April

Posted: March 20, 2016
AACS will be holding two educational workshops during Minority Health Month (April) with the support of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. The first workshop on April 2 (Sat.) will address how to work effectively with individuals with autism, and the second workshop on April 30 (Sat.) will address cancer disparities. Both events are free and open to the public. Click on the links for more details on each event.

Community Education


Each class meets once a week for 10-week quarters. All classes take place from 10 am to noon at AACS offices. Spring Quarter 2016 will start the week of April 11, 2016, with placement tests taking place the week before (April 4 - 7). Please contact Hsi-Chi Huang (614-220-4023 x.233) or visit our offices to sign up!

Civic Engagement


AACS Holds Annual Interpreters' Training on Ethics with NCH's Valerie Huang

Posted: March 20, 2016
On Saturday, March 19, AACS hosted an annual ethics training for our interpreters. Valerie Huang, Manager of Interpreting Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital volunteered her time to speak on the ethics of health care interpretation to approximately 40 interpreters and staff who were in attendance. AACS thanks Ms. Huang for her generous participation and support, and Crimson Cup Coffee and Krispy Kreme for their donations for the event.

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