History of AHS

Since its founding in 1974, Asian Health Services has led the way in areas of healthcare access and advocacy for Asians and Pacific Islanders.

1974

Founded as a one-room clinic on Harrison Street with all-volunteer staff. The center will provide more than 1,500 medical visits in its first year.

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1978

AHS organizes patients to protest human service funding cuts resulting from Proposition 13

1981

AHS joins a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights against Highland Hospital for discriminating against non-English speaking persons by its lack of language accessible services.

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1986

AHS helps establish the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum.

1988

Conducts groundbreaking research bilingual survey of nearly 300 Chinese residents.

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1990

Organizes first-of-its kind public hearing on health issues affecting California’s API population.

1993

Receives grants to develop a “language bank” of trained medical interpreters.

1996

Moves into its current home located on Webster Street.

2001

Teen Clinic is established.

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2002

AHS embarks on a pedestrian safety campaign.

2003

State-of the-art dental clinic opens.

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2005

Advocacy Committee and Patient Leadership Councils established.

2006

Patient Navigator program established.

2010

Opens Frank Kiang Medical Center, located on the east side of Lake Merritt.

2014

Opens the Rolland and Kathryn Lowe Medical Center, a state-of-the art 15,000 square foot facility in Chinatown.

2016

Launches $3million capital campaign to create California’s first dental clinic with integrated behavioral health services and 4 specialties.

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