Health

Primary medical care and mental health services for individuals and families

The cost of healthcare may be a barrier to accessing much needed services, and many of our clients have an additional hurdle to overcome—language and cultural barriers can make finding treatment options daunting. In fact, the inability to speak and understand English is often the sole reason someone may go untreated. That is where AACI comes in.

We offer primary medical care, preventative care, psychiatry counseling and support groups for individuals of all ages. We offer services in office, school and home settings, and we provide individual and group services. Our staff are culturally and linguistically competent. More importantly, they are aware of the unique needs of the clients we serve. We give people a place to receive treatment, prevention and education in languages they can understand so they are informed about their health options.

Health at AACI

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Health Program:

Health Center

Overview

Imagine how hard it can be to seek out medical care in a language you do not understand. Individuals, many of whom do not speak English, have come to rely upon the Health Center’s multilingual team for comprehensive primary and preventative health care services. AACI Health Center provides care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Services Offered

  • Primary care medical services (Family Medicine and Internal Medicine)
  • Chronic disease prevention and treatment
  • Screenings
  • Acute care
  • Women’s healthcare
  • Adult and youth immunization services
  • Health education and counseling

Did You Know?

  • AACI Health Center provided 12,888 patient visits in 2010.Staff speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, Burmese, Vietnamese, and English.
  • Better recommendations, better care. A diabetes registry launched in 2009 allows physicians to more closely monitor trends and patterns in patients’ health status and make appropriate care and treatment recommendations.

Contact

Cost of services at the AACI Health Center is determined by the patient’s eligibility for various programs. To determine your eligibility or for an appointment, contact AACI Health Center at (408) 975-2763.

Hours of Operation Location:
8:30am -12:30pm. and 1:30pm -5:30pm
Monday-Friday
2400 Moorpark Ave Suite #319
San Jose, CA 95128

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Mental Health Services

Overview

Those affected by mental illnesses within the Asian community often have difficulties seeking services. AACI Mental Health Services offers culturally and linguistically competent services that help clients overcome barriers to mental health care. We aim to decrease psychiatric symptoms, enhance daily functioning and assist individuals and family members in managing their conditions. We strive for healthy family interactions between the individual and their loved ones, as well as improved functioning within the community.

Services Offered

Counseling Services

  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Case management
  • Parenting education
  • Counseling services in over two dozen languages

Specialized Services

Did You Know?

  • Serving all ages. The Mental Health Program served more than 700 clients in 2009.
  • Working with schools. Mental Health Program staff members are active professionals stationed in local area schools.
  • Clinical internship program: AACI’s graduate clinical training at the master and doctoral levels is recognized statewide, nationally and internationally.

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Christine Bautista, LMFT
Family & Children Services Program Manager
(408) 975-2730 x232
christine.bautista@aaci.org

Kyle Yamasaki, MFT
Adult and Older Adult Division Program Manager
(408) 975-2730 x119
kyle.yamasaki@aaci.org

Hours of operation:
Mon: 830-600pm
Tue: 8:30-600pm
Wed 8:30-600pm
Thur: 8:30-730pm (by appointment only)
Fri 8:30-600pm
Closed Sat and Sun

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HIV/AIDS

Overview

HIV is still an issue for the Asian community and communities of color. Many fear the stigma of having HIV and being treated differently. The purpose of the HIV Education and Prevention Program at AACI is to reduce the incidence of HIV infection and offer culturally and linguistically appropriate resources and referral services to those who have been diagnosed with the disease. The program focuses on at risk and high risk communities. Moreover, our HIV counseling and testing services are key prevention and early intervention strategies for reducing primary and secondary HIV infections.

Services Offered

  • HIV testing (free OraQuick rapid testing)
  • Education and outreach
  • Individual/online counseling and referrals
  • Support/discussion groups
  • Information and advocacy

Did You Know?

  • Prevention through outreach. Through combined interventions, AACI reached more than 900 unduplicated clients in 2009.
  • Reaching those in need. Thirty-two percent of the clients tested in 2009 had never been tested for the HIV antibody.
  • Preventing the spread. The Condom Kitchenette, a project of the HIV Education and Prevention Program, distributed 11,250 condoms in 2009 to promote safer sex and prevent the spread.

Contact

For an appointment call (408) 278-4138 or e-mail hivinfo@aaci.org.

AACI Main Building
HIV/AIDS Outreach, Education, and Prevention (HOPE) Program
2400 Moorpark Ave. Suite 216 (2nd floor)
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 278-4138
Mondays – Thursdays
5:00pm – 8:00pm walk-in
(If you need to make an appointment before 5 pm, please call our office for other available testing times)

The Watergarden
1010 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 275-1215
Tuesdays
5:00pm – 11:00pm
Fridays
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Visit the HIV/AIDS Website Here:
hiv.aaci.org

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Health Program:

Center for Survivors of Torture

Overview

People who have suffered political, psychological and/or physical torture often come to AACI needing our help. Some of our clients arrive at our doors deeply wounded by their experiences with few resources to establish themselves in their new community. AACI Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) provides clinical evaluation, psychological treatment and social services to torture victims from all countries. CST educates survivors about the effects of torture and provides them with consistent care to succeed in the U.S. In 2010, CST helped 153 families from 13 countries rebuild their lives and heal from their wounds.

AACI Center for Survivors of Torture is the only federally funded program of its kind in Northern California.

Services Offered

  • Psychological and medical affidavits to support asylum applications
  • Psychotherapy for individuals and families
  • Medical treatment and referrals
  • Assistance with food, shelter, school, vocational training and other basic needs
  • Training and consultation for clinicians, lawyers, teachers, social workers and community organizations working with refugees and immigrants
  • Legal referrals

Did You Know?

  • Survivors in Santa Clara County. Based on U.S. government estimates there may be upwards of 30,000 torture survivors in Santa Clara County alone, and a significant number in the surrounding counties as well.
  • Serving those in need. Since its inception in 2000, CST has provided specialized treatment services to more than 800 victims of torture and their family members from 56 countries.
  • Fulfilling basic needs. 100 percent of CST clients had their food and clothing needs met with the help of the program in 2009.

Contact

For an appointment, please contact Armina Husic, Program Manager at (408) 975-2730 ext. 247 or e-mail armina.husic@aaci.org.

Hours of operation:
8:30am – 5:30pm
Monday – Friday

Visit the CST Website Here:
cst.aaci.org

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Overview

Supported by a CMS Health Care Innovation award in July 2012, AACI began reinventing our enabling services. This award enables AACI to train, hire, and deploy older Asian and Hispanic youth to do what they are already informally doing for their own friends and family: helping them to navigate the health system. We use two proven technologies, community health workers and career advancement academies, to focus on visit enhancement, not full case management. By doing so, our Patient Navigators build AACI’s capacity to improve access to care, disease screening, diagnosis time, and medication adherence, while reducing patient anxiety and avoidable ER visits.

Want to get started on a career in health care? Become a Patient Navigator!

In partnership with San Jose City College, Cañada and Skyline Colleges, AACI offers a FREE1-year certificate program. All cohort students take courses in a one-year credit-bearing certificate program modeled after California’s successful Career Advancement Academies. Along with a cohort of 15-20 peers, students receive health literacy and cultural communication training in the first semester, with hands-on internship experience in the second semester. We are currently recruiting cohorts for September 2013 classes at San Jose Community College and Cañada Community College in San Mateo. The Skyline Community College program will begin in September 2014.

Patient Navigation Services

  • Starting in September 2013, newly trained patient navigators will be providing services at AACI’s primary care and mental health clinics. Patients will be matched with navigators who will personally escort patients to referral, laboratory and pharmacy appointments.
  • AACI’s patient navigators speak Mandarin, Vietnamese, Spanish and Tagalog. Available languages will increase as future cohorts complete the certificate program.
  • Patient navigators will also be placed in local hospitals and community clinics in Santa Clara and San Mateo County.

Contact

To apply or receive more information on becoming a Patient Navigator, please contact Anna Ng at (408) 975-2730 (X424) or or e-mail anna.ng@aaci.org.

For more information on the Patient Navigation Center program and services, please contact Elisa Orona at (408) 975-2730 (X114) or e-mail elisa.orona@aaci.org.

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Health Program:

Integrated Behavioral Health

Overview

It is healthcare that intervenes at the biological, psychological and social levels. Our primary care physicians and our Behavioral Health Psychologist work as a team to help you cope with your medical condition both physically and mentally. Your Behavioral Health Psychologist can help you make appropriate lifestyle changes for your medical condition, cope with depression, anxiety or stress related to your medical condition, and resolve concerns or discomfort regarding medication or medical procedures.

Who is eligible?

Healthcare patients who are:

  • Adjusting to a newly diagnosed medical condition
  • Struggling to effectively manage their chronic disease (e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain)
  • Struggling with insomnia
  • Depressed or anxious
  • Working on lifestyle changes (ex. smoking cessation, weight management)
  • Referred by their primary care physician for other issues

Contact

Contact our Behavioral Health Psychologist, Dr. Lindsay Ip, at (408) 975-2730 ext. 206

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