April 2021 | Statement from Asian Services in Action
Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA), which serves the immigrant and refugee communities in Northeast Ohio through its culturally and linguistically focused community health centers and social services, cautions everyone to ascertain the facts about the coronavirus and to not give in to rumors nor perpetuate prejudice toward Asian Americans.
ASIA has been working in close partnership with local public health officials as well as the CDC to provide testing – and now vaccination – for the community. Like other health systems, ASIA has adopted a universal precautionary screening procedure to evaluate all of its patients for potential coronavirus. ASIA is also reminding all of our patients and clients to exercise proper handwashing and to cover a cough or sneeze. These are steps that should be taken in case of any illness to avoid infecting others, whether with the flu or a cold.
ASIA has been made aware of an increase in suspicion and mistreatment of Asian Americans and, in particular, of Chinese Americans in Northeast Ohio. We urge people not to let unfounded fears fan flames of bias against anyone of Asian descent.
ASIA is asking everyone to rely on legitimate announcements from the CDC and other official public health agencies. Spreading misinformation of any type makes all of us less safe. Any anti-Asian racism, profiling or discrimination targeting our Asian American and Chinese American friends, neighbors and businesses harms all of our communities.
March 2020 | Programming Update from ASIA's CEO
As we navigate through this unprecedented global health pandemic, we are doing our best to respond to ongoing changes while balancing the community needs and the safety of all. At Asian Services in Action (ASIA), our priority will always be keeping everyone safe and healthy.
We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Health Department and the Center for Health Affairs. During this challenging time, we will be rescheduling appointments and adjusting the delivery of our services to minimize the community spread of COVID-19. Here are some important new protocols that we have implemented:
We will no longer be accepting walk-in appointments.
ASIA’s Social Services (SS) Case Workers will be conducting appointments over the phone and email whenever possible. Please call your case worker if you have any questions. SS Cleveland: 216-881-0330; SS Akron: 330-535-3263
Although ASIA’s International Community Health Center (ICHC) locations in Cleveland and Akron will remain open to provide primary care for our patients, anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or a sore throat will be advised to stay at home and call ICHC to receive further instructions. If you are not sure what to do, please call ICHC before coming to the office. ICHC Cleveland: 216-361-1223; ICHC Akron: 234-312-3607
Please be advised that we do not have testing kits for COVID-19. If you feel that you have moderate to severe symptoms and need to be evaluated for the coronavirus, please call ICHC to be guided through the procedure for testing by our partner hospital systems.
Additionally, we have postponed or suspended the following activities and events:
Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for ICHC Cleveland scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020
In Person Census Assistance is suspended, however, telephone assistance is available – ASIA Cleveland: 216-881-0330; ASIA Akron: 330-535-3263
National Coalition on Aging (NCOA) Boost Your Budget Week in Akron scheduled for Monday, April 13, 2020
Mental Health Summit in Cleveland scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2020
Spring Speaker Series in Akron scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2020