ASIA, Inc.’s Founders at the 15th Anniversary Gala       Not pictured Lilly Josea

Four women, each a professional in her own field, met together to discuss the untapped potential existing in the emerging Asian Pacific American (APA) population in Northeast Ohio. They knew that hard work, challenges and barriers would lie ahead. 

Committing their time and resources to this undertaking, these friends soon laid the foundation for Asian Services In Action, known as ASIA, with great hopes and aspirations to improve the quality of life for Asians in Northeast Ohio.

They started small. Their first effort was the planning and carrying out of a one-day health initiative that reached 60 members from the Asian community.

That was back in 1995. Today, the organization has opened two main social service offices in Cleveland and Akron, along with programs statewide. Through the need of the community, The International Community Health Center, ASIA-ICHC, opened its first doors in the heart of Cleveland’s AsiaTown the summer of 2013, and serving over 1000 patients to-date. With the growth of the immigrant community, ICHC opened a second office in Akron in June of 2016.

The organization serves over 22,000 clients and patients annually. There are over 60 volunteer and interns who join ASIA each year. With over 60 staffers, throughout six departments and over 60 programs, ASIA has a language capacity of over 55 ethnic dialects.

Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.) is the largest Asian American & Pacific Islander-focused (AAPI) health and social service 501(c)(3) agency in the State of Ohio. For more than 20 years, we have taken on the most challenging tasks to help the undeserved, low-income, and immigrant communities in Northeast Ohio and all across the state. Serving over 28,000 individuals and families annual, ASIA is committed to the AAPI community through the various health and social service programs they offered.

At Asian Services In Action (ASIA), we strive to empower and advocate for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs); and to provide AAPIs and other communities access to quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate information, health and social services.

We want AAPI individuals, families, and communities to:

  • Progress further along the path towards self-sufficiency;
  • Be deeply engaged in civic life;
  • Have equal access to opportunities;
  • Be well understood through the vast availability of community data and information;
  • Achieve optimal health and well-being.

Institutions, systems, and organizations will have greater competency and awareness of the AAPIs and other vulnerable communities leading towards improved policies and practices.