Pan Asian: A Tradition of Volunteerism.
Over 120,000 Asian Americans reside in Montgomery County, representing 13% of its population. Many of these residents are low-income and lack health insurance. Although the county government and community organizations provide health and social services, many Asian American residents can't access them, due to language barriers and cultural differences.
Good communication determines the quality of care a patient receives. A doctor who can't understand what a patient is saying won't be able to effectively diagnose symptoms or prescribe treatment. A patient who can't understand what a doctor is saying may end up agreeing to undergo unnecessary or inappropriate tests or procedures. For these reasons, helping patients surmount language barriers is a critical component of health care.
The Pan Asian Volunteer Health Clinic (PAVHC, or Pan-Asian) fulfills this need by providing primary health care, case management, referral services, and other educational and outreach services to these disadvantaged residents. While our services are available to all Montgomery County residents, Pan Asian was conceived to serve Asian- and Pacific-American ethnic populations. Our clinic is staffed by bilingual volunteer workers and physicians of various ethnic groups.
Since its inception in 2003 as a mobile clinic and during its steady growth into a fully-equipped medical center that now serves the entire county, Pan-Asian has undergone many changes. But what hasn't changed is our ongoing pledge to do our utmost to provide quality health care to anyone who needs it.
Pan Asian is staffed by members of the Health and Human Services Division of the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC). It is one of 12 community clinics managed by Primary Care Coalition, as part of its Montgomery Cares network.
 data published by Maryland Vital Statistics Administration, 2007.
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