Chinese Health Initiative
Our Chinese Heath Initiative (CHI) enhances the health and well-being of our Chinese community members. Through partnership with the hospital and other organizations, we offer specialty programs that promote awareness and prevention of health conditions that commonly affect the Chinese population.
We’re the first hospital in the region with a program designed specifically to support the Chinese community. Our board of advisors is comprised of community and business leaders and doctors who guide us in meeting the distinct needs of Chinese people. CHI is a bridge between the hospital clinical team and the community. We strive to connect you with the care, information and resources you need to support your health and well-being.
- Health education and screenings - Hepatitis B, hypertension and diabetes screenings and Diabetes Prevention series
- Access to health information.
- Programs to improve your health - Ask a Dietitian, Qigong classes, emotional well-being resources
Chinese Health Initiative Health Fair
One of our signature events is our annual Chinese Health Initiative Health Fair — the only health fair specifically designed to meet the health needs of the Chinese community. It’s run by more than 50 volunteers in addition to nurses, clinical staff and Chinese-speaking doctors. Each year, we serve more than 400 community members during our health fair.
- Screenings for hepatitis B, hypertension and osteoporosis.
- Educational workshops in Chinese.
- Consultations with doctors and dietitians.
- Health information and resources.
- Free Qigong demo class.
Chinese-Speaking Physician Referral Network
CHI launched the Chinese-Speaking Physician Referral Network to help Chinese community members access doctors who speak their language and deliver culturally sensitive care. There are over 100 physicians, including both primary care doctors and specialists, in the network. Any doctor who is associated with El Camino Hospital and speaks at least one Chinese dialect is invited to join.
Advocates for Culturally Sensitive Care
Another role of CHI is to support El Camino Hospital in promoting culturally sensitive care. We serve as a resource to provide clinical staff with insight to the Chinese cultural perspective. Learn about our Patient Ambassador Program and other services designed to help give you a more comfortable and culturally appropriate patient experience.
A Decade of Care in our Community
Since 2010, the Chinese Health Initiative has been addressing the unique health needs of the Chinese community while marking notable milestones each year.
Chinese Health Initiative Partners
The following organizations are valued CHI partners:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Heart Association
- Asian American Community Involvement
- Avenidas Chinese Community Center
- Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
- Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care
- Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association
- Chinese Church in Christ San Jose
- Community Services Agency
- Dharma Drum Mountain San Francisco Bay Area Center
- Heart of Hope Asian American Hospice Care
- Home of Christ Church in Cupertino
- Libraries: Cupertino, Los Altos, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale
- Monte Vista Terrace Apartments senior housing
- New Hope Chinese Cancer Foundation
- Palo Alto Chinese School
- River of Life Church Foundation
- Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services
- Santa Clara County Diabetes Prevention Initiative
- Senior Taiwanese Association of Northern California
- Women's Workshop Bay Area
Volunteer or Donate: Help Make a Difference
CHI is able to serve the community because of the generosity of our volunteers. If you’re interested in becoming a CHI volunteer, please fill out the online form or call us at 650-988-3234. Members of the community as well as clinical staff are welcome to join.
Donations to El Camino Hospital Foundation supplement the funding the El Camino Healthcare District and El Camino Hospital community benefit programs provide. Your gift will help CHI expand its programs to better meet the health needs of more Chinese residents in our community.
The Chinese Health Initiative is partially supported by donations to El Camino Health Foundation.