KOREAN AMERICAN HEALTH COALITION STRATEGIC PLAN
2016 – 2018
PURPOSE OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN
The purpose of this strategic plan is to guide the work of the Korean American Health Coalition by defining future goals and strategies, establishing a functional platform/s on which the Korean American Health Coalition can work as a collective, and to promote our vision of improving Korean American health and wellness. It is intended to be a dynamic document that will continue to evolve as necessary to ensure the Coalition is effective and able to sustain its efforts.
WHO WE ARE
Established in 2015, Korean American Health Coalition (KAHC) consists of diverse public-private agencies, medical professionals, faith-based agencies and community advocates serving the Korean American community in the Southern California area. We are committed to addressing the healthcare issues that affect Korean Americans through research, education, empowerment, and advocacy and to collectively create opportunities to improve health outcomes.
VISION FOR THE COMMUNITY
A thriving community that is knowledgeable engaged and empowered to make positive health changes and has access to high quality health services
To improve the Korean Americans’ health and wellness through collaborative planning, community action and policy advocacy.
• Respect for cultural diversity
• Collaboration and partnership
• Commitment to health equity
• Empowerment of communities to create innovative solutions that are sustainable, successful and based upon insights gained from experience, knowledge and data.
CASE FOR ACTION
What are the facts right now regarding the state of Korean American health?
Korean Americans have some of the highest uninsured and underinsured rates of any ethnic group and some of the lowest cancer screening rates of any ethnic group. Language and cultural barriers uniquely contribute to lack of health education, access, awareness, and treatment of disease. Korean Americans have health disparities in treatable and preventable diseases, such as hepatitis, gastric cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer.
What is the predictable future in this area if no action is taken (ie. if no KA Health Coalition were to exist). Few other communities would step in to improve the health issues and problems listed above in our community. There would be continued high uninsured and/or underinsured Korean Americans and low rates of cancer screening in the KA community. Language and cultural barriers would continue to be obstacles to Korean Americans receiving health education and treatment for preventable and treatable disease. Korean Americans would continue to have a lack of attention, resources, and policy changes that would perpetuate the health disparities listed above. Key questions regarding Korean American health will go unanswered, while needed policies and programs focused on Korean Americans required to improve the health of the community will not be prioritized.
What are the possibilities that can be created with this coalition?
• We are the possibility of a unified voice advocating for Korean American health.
• We are the possibility of improved quality of life for the Korean American community through better health.
• We can be a coalition of organizations and individuals that would take actions to improve health education, awareness, access, and outcomes, creating policy changes and directing resources to focus on the Korean American community.
1. We are committed to addressing priorities that affect the health, wellness and quality of life of the Korean American community.
2. We enhance and build on the existing foundation of resources and partnerships to more effectively serve the community.
3. We assist coalition members with individual and collaborative initiatives to improve the health and wellness of the Korean American community.
4. We monitor the diverse needs of the Korean American community and the resources available to address these needs.
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STATE OF KOREAN AMERICANS’ HEALTH STATUS
1. Top causes of KA death: Cancer, heart disease and strokes (total 60.7% of all deaths)
a. Cancer, which is the leading cause of death among KAs (Both 30%: Men- 34%, Women-30.3%)
• Stomach cancer (Highest rate in US and leading cause of death in Korean men; 4.3x NHW, 2.6x AA)
• Colorectal cancer (increasing incidence and lowest screening rates)
• Lung cancer (high rates of tobacco and low rates of screening)
• Liver cancer (Higher rates of Hepatitis B infection and incidence)
• Breast cancer (lowest rates of screening)
• Cervical cancer (high incidences of Human Papilloma Virus and low rates of screening)
b. Heart diseases which is the second leading cause of death among KAs (Both 22%: Men-19.2%, Woman 21.6%)
c. Stroke, which is the third leading cause of death among KAs (Men- 6.1%, Women 8.7%)
d. Infectious diseases that adversely affect Korean Americans such as Hepatitis B, Helicobacter pylori, Human papilloma virus, which lead to a disproportionate number of cancers in Korean Americans
OTHER PRESSING HEALTH ISSUES
1. Suicide (men-5%; 2x that of NHW)
2. Tobacco and alcohol
3. Mental Health
4. Aging generation
KEY BARRIERS TO GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF KOREAN AMERICANS
The Korean American Health Coalition will prioritize the allocation of our collective resources as directed by the demands of the existing health disparities adversely affecting the Korean American communities of greater Los Angeles area.
• Adversely affected by disease-specific mortality
• Disproportionately low health insurance coverage
• Delayed access to physicians and healthcare facilities
• Lack of health screening
• Lack of awareness and need to increase demand for health resources available
• Lack culturally sensitive healthcare for Korean Americans
STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREAS
1. Data-Driven Collaboration
2. Preventive Health Services
3. Empowered Health Consumers
4. Strengthened Coalition Infrastructure
STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA 1: Data-Driven Collaboration
Improve the availability and knowledge level of Korean American (KA) health status data in order to make research-based, data-driven, collaborative decisions to affect Korean American’s health status.
GOAL 1.1: Increase the Coalition’s understanding of KA health status in Los Angeles County to launch data-driven collaboration
Conduct research on the current status of KAs in Los Angeles County (primary and secondary data and public and academic literature) to identify and fill data and service gaps.
Assess rates at which KAs follow cancer screening recommendations and barriers to those recommendations.
Assess what is the rate of uninsured and underinsured in the KA community in LA county (possibly: covered California has some data).
Develop a communication and outreach plan to increase coalition members’ knowledge of data to develop evidence-based programs.
Develop a resource guide with information on community-based services and how to access them.
GOAL 1.2: Increase the community’s understanding of KA health status in S CA for health self-empowerment and community mobilization.
Disseminate relevant data to the Korean American organizations and residents to support individuals in making informed choices about their health.
Host strategic community-based events to increase KA community’s knowledge on health disparity, needs and resources.
GOAL 1.3: Launch legislative advocacy to improve the health status of Korean Americans
Disseminate relevant data to the legislative offices and explore potential legislative advocacy areas and opportunities.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA 2: Increased Prevention for Improved the Health Status
Improve the availability, use and integration of preventive-focused, evidence-based health care services.
Goal 2.1: Increase linkages between health care services and community-level prevention services.
Establish linkages between public and private health systems/providers and community resources so medical providers and community-based organizations can refer clients to health promotion programs that teach self-management and empowerment techniques for chronic disease management and prevention.
Utilize community health and outreach workers to educate people about healthy living and link people to healthy living community resources.
Conduct community outreaches, such as health fairs and community presentations with public-private partners to provide health screening, education, and awareness.
Goal 2.2: Increase access to care (medical, clinical preventive services and mental health)
Launch targeted outreach, enrollment, and retention efforts to increase access to health care coverage.
Provide education to people recently enrolled in health insurance on the patient-centered medical home concept and access to clinical preventive services with no additional cost
Coordinate and host culturally and linguistically competent outreach and education programs and events.
Train healthcare and community providers in the use of various screening tools to identify mental health needs, and about community-based mental health services where they can refer patients
Strengthen referral networks among physical health, mental health, and substance abuse providers and community-based providers
Promote positive mental health by supporting community-based initiatives
STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA 3: Strengthened Coalition Infrastructure
Strengthen the Coalition to become an effective, innovative and sustainable coalition.
GOAL 3.1: ESTABLISH AN OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIALLY VIABLE COALITION
Establish an organizational structure and guidelines.
Develop a funding structure.
Establish and maintain a diverse membership and partnerships that contribute to meeting the Strategic Plan’s goals.
GOAL 3.2: ESTABLISH PROGRAM EVALUATION
Develop a method of collection, analysis, and reporting of information about Coalition’s programs to continuously improve collaboration and Korean American health outcomes and to assist in Coalition’s decision-making.