Asian Health Equity Alliance (AHEA)

Our newest program at MAHA, the Asian Health Equity Alliance (AHEA) was established in May 2021 through a grant from the CDC Foundation with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The immediate goal of this grant is to address the vaccination needs of the Asian community, more specifically Asian immigrants and those with low English proficiency.

CDC Foundation

The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work. MAHA is honored to be selected as one of the five agencies nationwide receiving this two-year award.

Program Objectives and Target Areas

Our short-term focus is to increase vaccination rates and improve vaccine-related knowledge for hard-to-reach, underserved foreign-born Asian immigrants and refugees residing in Chinatown, Armour Square, Bridgeport, Brighton Park, McKinley Park, Uptown, and Albany Park.

The AHEA supports the creation of accurate, culturally appropriate COVID-19 vaccine information. We are also developing strategic partnerships with other community-based organizations to support effective community outreach, thereby protecting our collective health and well-being with increased vaccination rates.

In order to achieve our goals of vaccine access and confidence, AHEA has a strategic plan focused on the following activities:

  • Coalition-building: Work with community partners in the AHEA to address vaccination needs among the Asian and Latinx populations with low English proficiency.
  • Community Outreach: Develop a workforce of trusted Community Health Workers to connect with hard-to-reach immigrant populations
  • Culturally-sensitive education: Develop effective and language-appropriate educational materials to provide to community partners

Our partners include (by alphabetic order):

  • America China Northeastern Chinese General Association
  • American Fujian Chamber of Commerce
  • Asian Cultural Center
  • Asian Leadership Council
  • Association of Chinese Americans/Wuyi Association of Chicago
  • Cambodian Association of Illinois
  • Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community
  • Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Chicago Guang Zhou Association
  • Chicago North Shore Chinese Center
  • Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
  • Chinese American Museum of Chicago
  • Chinese American Service League
  • Chinese Mutual Aid Association
  • City of Chicago – 25th Ward
  • Greater Chicago Chinese American Women Chamber of Commerce
  • Hanul Family Alliance
  • Happy for Fitness
  • Illinois Dept. of Public Health-Health Center for Minority Health Services
  • Indo American Center
  • Mid-America Restaurant Association
  • Project Vision
  • PuiTak Center
  • Representative Theresa Mah – IL 2nd District
  • UCA-Illinois, Vietnamese Association of Illinois
  • Xilin Association
  • Yellow River Performing Arts
  • 168 Fitness Team