Asian Services in Action (ASIA) is the largest health and human services agency serving the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community of Northeast Ohio. ASIA runs two federally qualified health centers —one in Cleveland and one in Akron—that specialize in linguistically and culturally competent care for immigrants and refugees. ASIA also provides all of the wrap around social services for this community to thrive in Northeast Ohio.
Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA) was founded in 1995 by four women who sought to improve the quality of life for Asians in Northeast Ohio. Today, the organization is the largest Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) focused health and social services 501(c)(3) organization in the State of Ohio. ASIA has taken on the most challenging tasks to help the underserved, low-income, and immigrant communities across the state. ASIA is a credible nonprofit organization providing services for over 58,000 individuals annually coordinated out of offices located in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. ASIA provides culturally and linguistically appropriate resources to ensure effective programming that addresses the needs of the AAPI and new American communities in Northeast Ohio.
At Asian Services in Action, Inc. we strive to empower and advocate for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APPIs); and to provide AAPIs and other communities access to quality culturally and linguistically appropriate information, health, and social services.
We want APPI individuals, families, and communities to:
- Progress further along the path towards self-sufficiency;
- Be deeply engage in civic life;
- Have equal access to opportunities;
- Be well understood through the vast availability of community data and information; and
- 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.
In 1995, 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, Inc. Their first effort was the planning and carrying out of a one-day health initiative that reached 60 members from the Asian community. 25 years later, the organization serves over 58,000 new American clients and patients through 60+ programs and services, annually. ASIA, Inc. has a language capacity of over 55 ethnic dialects.