MAHA Community Health Center Overview

MAHA’s Community Health Center provides health education, comprehensive chemistry testing, annual checkup, immunization, and patient care/referral to the residents who have language and cultural barriers to preventive health care. MAHA is the primary health resource that provides culturally sensitive and language appropriate health services to the medically underserved population in the south side of Chicago. The health screenings include hepatitis B, diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol level, kidney function, liver function, thyroid, H. Pylori, osteoporosis, and other blood indicators. The screening is provided every last Saturday of each month at MAHA (230 W. Cermak Rd, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60616), followed by a free medical consultation session two weeks after the screening. Patients are invited to bring their lab reports to MAHA for report review and medical counselling. Patients are referral to other medical facilities for follow up care if necessary.

If you are interested in learning more about MAHA’s Community Health Center and the services it provides, or want to get involved, please contact Dr. Hong Liu, Executive Director at hongliu@maha-us.org, or 312-225-8659

MAHA Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Prevention Program

Approximately one in ten Asian Americans are infected with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV). Alarmingly, 65-75% of chronically infected people are not aware that they have hepatitis B, making awareness and education critically needed resources. Illinois has experienced a significant 50.1% growth of Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) from 2000-2006, and currently has the 6th largest concentration of this minority population in the U.S. Unfortunately, many cultural, linguistic, and economic barriers prevent at-risk individuals from obtaining the resources and treatment they need.

In 2012, MAHA’s community-based Hepatitis B Clinic first opened its doors in Chinatown under the clinical leadership of Dr. Sean Koppe, Director of Hepatology within the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at the University of Illinois Hospital. MAHA’s Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Prevention Program focuses on developing effective outreach and education efforts to improve community knowledge and awareness regarding hepatitis B and prevention resources. The program aims to build and enhance community capacity and infrastructure for hepatitis B screening, immunization, and follow-up care.

In partnership with other community-based organizations in the south Chinatown area of Chicago and the suburban Cook and DuPage Counties, hepatitis B outreach and education is provided to at-risk and hard to reach API populations at the community sites to raise awareness of the disease, its prevention and transmission, and the importance of getting screened. MAHA utilizes local media sources, stores, bakeries, restaurants, schools, religious organizations, and cultural fairs to provide outreach to community members to increase program awareness and participation. Education is provided by multilingual staff in a format that is both culturally and linguistically appropriate to ensure understanding and effectiveness. Hepatitis B screening is provided at MAHA’s Chinatown Hepatitis B Clinic by Northwestern University’s Hepatitis B Alliance, and hepatitis B vaccinations are provided to at-risk individuals, offered by the Chicago Department of Public Health and administered by Midwestern University’s College of Pharmacy and the Hepatitis B Alliance. MAHA’s monthly Hepatitis B Clinic also provides patient care courtesy of Dr. Sean Koppe.

For more information, please contact Cuihua Yang (Chinese), Program Manager at 312-225-8659, or Dr. Liu (English) at hongliu@maha-us.org.