Congressman Tim Ryan announces $775,000 Grant Award to Asian Service Action Inc. of Akron

Nov 7, 2013 Issues: Helping Working Families, Health Care

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tim Ryan announced today that a $775,000 grant has been awarded to the Asian Service in Action, Inc. (ASIA), a non-profit organization from Akron and Cleveland that works to empower and advocate for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders. The money will be used to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information and services, including comprehensive care across all life cycles, including primary care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, geriatrics, preventive dental, diagnostic laboratory and x-ray, pharmacy, and emergency medical services.

“I applaud the work that the Asian Services In Action Inc. has done to improve the quality of life for members of our Asian American/Pacific Islander Community," said Congressman Ryan, "and I congratulate them on receiving this grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. We have a civic obligation to make certain that organizations in our community like ASIA, Inc remain fully operational so they can continue their important work.”

"Over the last few years we have heard stories from our community about individuals who would delay seeking health care services to take a midnight bus to New York City,” said Michael Byun, Executive Direction of ASIA, Inc. “The individuals go there to see providers who speak their language but more importantly understand their culture and experiences. With this funding from the federal government, we can now ensure that these and other vulnerable individuals have care that is culturally and linguistically relevant but more importantly accessible."

Services will be provided at a space centrally located in the service area on Cleveland’s east side, and will also offer health education and outreach, chronic disease care management, behavioral/mental health services and enabling/supportive services. The Asian Service Action Inc. grant was awarded by the Department of Health & Human Services Division of Grants Management Operations.

Read the full letter here.