CEO & President Message
I am humbled on this day because it reminds me of when I first came to AHS nearly 21 years ago. As a Program Planning Assistant, I joined AHS ready to be part of AHS’ larger mission of advocacy and services. I could see my own immigrant grandfather in our patients. He didn’t speak English, had a hard time finding a job, and was fortunate to have a provider who spoke his language given the health issues he faced. I saw how our teams – no matter what role- were making a significant impact in our patients’ lives… just as my own grandfather had experienced. When our patients needed us the most, you were there. To this day, you are still there, every day, for our community. This is the same bold spirit that both drives and inspires me today.
I am immensely honored to lead as AHS’ Chief Executive Officer and serve this amazing organization in partnership with Thu Quach, AHS’ President. As we step into the CEO and President roles, we are committed to build on Sherry’s legacy, and will look to you for inspiration and guidance. What we have been through and what we continue to go through is a struggle and a challenge of our lifetime. But it is your spirit of compassion and community that has given birth to a remarkable, powerful resilience and strength – one that has provided hope and compassion to our patients and community. Time and time again, you have demonstrated that despite immense uncertainties, we are firmly grounded in our belief of the dignity and worth of every human being. What this past year has taught us about anything- it’s about what is essential, and what is essential is all of you.
And that is why I am committed to serving at AHS. I believe we have an unmatched capability to create paths toward collective healing while ensuring health care in language and culture remains in reach and a human right for our patients. Together, we have the critical elements required to create meaningful change and meet the evolving needs of our community given the unprecedented impacts of COVID and anti-Asian racism – Teamwork, Talent, and Tenacity. You have proven that we have all three elements in abundance. This is AHS’ superpower.
I am excited to work with all of you as we shape the next chapter in AHS’ history. Together, we can spark innovative solutions that strengthen the health and well-being of our patients. Together, we can amplify the voices of our patients to bring the inspiration of our community’s history to the forefront.
Let’s build on AHS’ superpower and the future of health for our patients and community – together.
Julia Liou, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Asian Health Services, founded in 1974, provides health, social, and advocacy services for all regardless of income, insurance status, immigration status, language, or culture. Our approach to wellbeing focuses on “whole patient health,” which is why we provide more than primary care services, including mental health, case management, nutrition, and dental care to more than 50,000 patients in English and 15 languages: Korean, Lao, Burmese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Mien, Karen, Mongolian, Karenni, Tagalog, Khmer, and Vietnamese.
We offer medical, dental, and mental health services for all ages.
We also recognize that a patient’s health is directly linked to their social and economic circumstances. That’s why we are dedicated advocates, and we promote policies that make our communities a safer and healthier place to live. Learn more about our work outside the clinic walls through programs and advocacy.
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