To contribute towards the destigmatization of mental health specifically in our API communities, I created a Mental Health Glossary with Chinese, Khmer, Vietnamese, and Korean translations to make necessary resources and knowledge more accessible and inclusive to our patients. The glossary includes a best practices page with tips to providers for approaching mental health, as well as an appendix explaining the Mental Status Exam with recommended terms that providers can use on their charts and a Trauma-Informed Care guide with suggestions to provide optimal care for patients living with trauma.
AHS helped me internalize that health is holistic. Not only does health involve being mentally, physically, and intellectually well, but also socially well, which is determined by a healthy community. By working closely with the Oakland Chinatown community, I learned the need for cultural humility, patient-focused approaches, and patient advocacy to support AHS’s mission to provide whole patient care.