Kalusugan Coalition's community health workers promote overall health and wellness through culturally tailored activities, including health screenings, heart health workshops, breast health education, one-on-one health coaching, promotion of active living, and assistance navigating the healthcare system.
Filipino Breast Health Project
Funded by the Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, KC's Filipino Breast Health Project aims to increase the number of Filipino American women in Queens to receive breast cancer screening. KC's community health workers conduct outreach, education, and link women to screening services. Through the American Italian Cancer Foundation's mobile clinic, uninsured and underinsured women KC reaches can receive no-cost mammograms and clinical breast exams.
Kalusugan Coalition strengthens community partners' capacity to address health issues impacting the Filipino communities they serve.
The Alliance of Filipino American Community Health Workers
The NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (NYU CSAAH) and Kalusugan Coalition, Inc. (KC) received funds from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support activities that aim to promote heart health among underserved and minority populations. For NYU CSAAH and KC, this funding will specifically support their development of the Alliance of Filipino American Community Health Workers. NYU CSAAH and KC will provide training and maintain a peer-to-peer mentorship system with CHWs of partnering sites to ensure they have the fundamental skills to utilize the NHLBI’s Healthy Heart, Healthy Family (HHHF) curriculum and booklets with the Filipino communities they serve.
KC partners with Philippine Nurses Association to organize low-cost CPR Lifesaver trainings for the community. KC and PNA have organized past CPR trainings for Filipino domestic workers and caregivers at the Bayanihan Community Center in Queens.
Organizational and Leadership Development
Through funding from the Coalition for American Children & Families, KC started Project Kapasidad to focus on organizational and leadership development of KC's board members, staff, and coalition members.
Advocacy and Systems Change
In order to make healthy choices practical and available to community members, KC engages in initiatives to promote changes in policies, systems, and the environment. As members of various coalitions, KC tackles key health equity issues including healthcare reform, food access, active living, data disaggregation, budget equity, and comprehensive immigration reform.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for Asian Pacific Americans (APA). Behavioral risk factors associated with this disease can be linked specifically to physical inactivity and nutrition. Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) began the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Network to Eliminate Health Disparities (NAPNEHD) in October 2009 with the goal to eliminate health disparities in APA communities by focusing on environmental and policy change. As part of NAPNEHD, NYC-based Asian Pacific Americans Healthy Eating and Active Living In our Neighborhoods (APA HEALIN’), utilizes advocacy, empowerment and leadership development approaches. Kalusugan Coalition is one of the partners that aims to address healthy food and active living disparities in APA communities in NYC
Formed in 2007, Project CHARGE (Coalition for Health Access to Reach Greater Equity) is a health collaborative of 16 community partners that gathered together to address health access for Asian Pacific Americans in New York City. The majority are social service providers based in New York City that provide mental health counseling, chronic disease outreach, education, and screening (cardiovascular disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS), affordable housing advocacy, immigrant services, youth services, domestic violence services, etc. to the Asian Pacific American community. Two are community health centers. Two are research centers. One is a settlement house. The majority of the client base or target populations they work with are Asian immigrants from over 16 countries and speaking 25 different languages and dialects -- many with unique challenges based on their immigrant status, occupation, language needs, and access to culturally competent providers and services.
Partnership for a Healthier NYC
Kalusugan Coalition was funded as a neighborhood contractor for the 'Partnership for a
Healthier NYC' through a grant awarded by The Fund for Public Health in
New York. KC established a healthy restaurant initiative, promoting healthier meals in local Filipino restaurants in Queens. Through this Partnership, KC also participates in the Play Streets Program, which allows communities to open up their streets to pedestrians for play on a recurrent basis for the purpose of combating the childhood obesity epidemic in our community.
Kalusugan Coalition is a member of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality.
13% and Growing Coalition
Kalusugan Coalition is also part of the 13% and Growing Coalition, a group of over 45 Asian led and serving organizations in New York City. The 13% and Growing Coalition Statement of Principles and Budget Priorities call for the restoration of basic services for recently arrived immigrants, low-income, limited English proficient, children, and seniors as these are necessary for the economic sustainability of the State and City. Small community based organizations that serve emerging communities must also be supported.
The New York Immigration Coalition
The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities. Kalusugan Coalition is an active in the New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform campaign to promote the needs of the Filipino community regarding immigration.
Aim for Equity
Kalusugan Coalition is a member of Aim for Equity, a coalition of national and local Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) organizations and allies that work as a powerful, community‐based force for achieving health equity and ensuring quality and culturally competent health care.
As part of our mission to promote unity and cohesion in the Filipino American community, KC fosters collaboration with various stakeholders through network development, learning exchanges, and the development of joint projects.
Annual Sama-Sama Brunch
Every year, Kalusugan Coalition hosts a Sama-Sama brunch with other New York-based Filipino American organizations to foster collaborations, expand our networks, and share resources.
Faith Leader Convenings
Kalusugan Coalition holds regular convenings with Filipino faith leaders to discuss how to strengthen the health ministries in their own parish communities.
KC conducts community-based research to document the health needs of the Filipino American community
Kalusugan Coalition partnered with the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health on Project AsPIRE (Asian American Partnership in Research and Empowerment), a multi-year community-based participatory research program funded through the National Institutes of Health National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD). We developed, tested, and evaluated a community health worker model designed to reduce cardiovascular disease and hypertension disparities among Filipino Americans living in New York and New Jersey.
The PAPAYA Project
Physical Activity and Pilipino American Youth Assesment (PAPAYA) Project, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – New
Connections and Active Living Research, was initiated in 2010 to examine the
cultural, socioeconomic, and mental health experiences that influence physical
activity with Filipino American youth. The study included over 250 Filipino American youth and 23 community leaders from
New York, California, and other parts of the US. Their findings revealed that lack
of time for physical activity, family pressures to succeed academically, and
lack of access to healthy food are some of the factors that discourage physical
activity and health education in Filipino American families. Researchers also
uncovered how family dynamics and lack of communication about personal issues
affected the mental health of Filipino American youth.
A significant number of FA professionals are licensed Registered Nurses (RNs) and domestic and home care workers (DHCWs). Anecdotal evidence indicates that many of Filipino RNs and DHCWs suffer from hypertension and stress yet no research has been published about their health status and needs. The specific aims of Project Hakbang are to: (1) identify and determine the relationships among the levels of acculturation, work-related stress, psychological distress, and hypertension, (2) identify and explore the perceived personal and cultural factors associated with hypertension using a qualitative approach, and (3) describe perceptions of culturally appropriate and congruent interventions that address hypertension among FA RNs and DHCWs in NY.