From AC Units to Tobacco Cessation Services, the Oregon Chinese Coalition Addresses Clients’ Overall Health
The Oregon Chinese Coalition (OCC) maximizes its partnership with the Tobacco Control and Prevention Program (TCPP) and the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) to help improve the health and wellness of the community.
While installing AC units provided by ODHS in clients’ homes, OCC staff also identified other needs: after visiting one family, they offered tobacco cessation services funded by Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County. They also connected the family to rent assistance and rehabilitation for a family member who suffered a stroke several years earlier.
Multiple funding sources enabled this integrated approach to delivering services. As Hongcheng Zhao, President and Chairperson of the OCC board, explains, “The funding from various grants has seamlessly come together, creating a transformative impact on individuals, and even entire families.”
Because of the relationships they build with their community, CBOs like OCC are well-positioned to address root causes of social determinants of health and help people get needed care and resources.
Terresa White, TCPP Community Coordinator, led the effort earlier this year to distribute funding for tobacco prevention to 13 CBOs, including OCC. By building relationships, providing technical support, and funding partners, Public Health seeks to empower and uplift community partners to address the needs of individual communities.
“Partnering with the Oregon Chinese Coalition has been an excellent experience,” White says. “Hongcheng’s dedication and his ability to activate people in the local Chinese American Community to work toward health and wellness is inspiring.”
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Today, we returned to SE and accompanied the husband to his visit with his PCP to obtain the referral required for his rehabilitation treatment. The appointment ended up lasting longer than expected due to several missed tests. This experience was valuable for us as well, providing insight into the entire process for someone in need of interpretation during doctor visit.
Quitting smoking can be contagious as well. The husband who has successfully quit smoking for over a month has already inspired his neighbors. Yesterday, we had a neighborhood gathering, and two neighbors decided to join our personalized tobacco cessation program.
Following our initial visit, we returned after a span of 10 days to assist the husband in accessing the crucial physical therapy he badly needed due to a stroke he had suffered nearly two years prior. We were delighted to witness that during these 10 days, he had managed to reduce his smoking habit from one pack per day to just one pack. This positive change was evident in his healthier-looking, odor-free home and the joyful expression on his wife’s face.
The story began with the distribution and installation of an AC unit from ODHS. Upon discovering that the husband was smoking, we offered tobacco cessation services with fundings from OHA and Multnomah County, which were warmly accepted. Today, during our intake session discussion, we realized that the family likely qualifies for rent assistance, a program we’ve been assisting with through the City of Portland. It’s not difficult to envision how the intake session concluded – we are embarking on a smoke quitting journey together starting today.