Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Our Voices, Our Health

Wednesday, January 24th 2018

Our Voices, Our Health is a series by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) in collaboration with StoryCorps and multiple Health Justice Network partners. Beginning November 2017, we are sharing compelling stories to highlight the diversity of health care challenges and experiences within California’s Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

In three months, we highlighted three health stories from our community.

Matelita's Story

Matelita Fifita reflects on her journey to better health after being diagnosed with stage three breast cancer with her daughter, Melevesi Fifita-Talavou. Matelia shares her experience having to postpone treatment because she lacked health insurance to cover costly screening services.

Gripped By Gambling: Carlos Lee's Story

Carlos Lee’s gambling addiction left him at his lowest point in life. With the help of his son and local support groups, Carlos found a path to recovery. In this story, Carlos reflects with his friend and coworker, Myron Dean Quon, on his experiences with and the issue of gambling addiction in the Asian American community.

Health Care On Hold: Catherine Choi's Story

Catherine Choi and her family had two choices when it came to their health: endure the pain or pay hundreds of dollars for one doctor’s visit. For five years, Catherine and her family were uninsured due to their undocumented status. The mother of two could barely afford to see a doctor, even when she suffered from chronically low blood levels and fainting spells. Today, Catherine and her friend, Judy Choi, talk about her experiences navigating the healthcare system and the urgent need for more accessible insurance programs for individuals like herself and her family.

UPDATE

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.