With one of the most diverse communities in the country, Montgomery County Health and Human Services seeks to reach minority communities with resources.
The Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI), a division of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, opens applications for a third year to organizations serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities (AAPI). With $1.5M available in the fund, programs delivering behavioral health, senior wellness, and health and social support services to reach the AAPI community can apply for up to $150,000 in funding for the upcoming fiscal year 2024.
These types of organizations often specialize in linguistically and culturally responsive services to this diverse community in Montgomery County. Currently Montgomery has more than a 49 percent minority population and the AAPI communities account for about 15 percent of the total population. While this community is growing, the diversity of it is also increasing and each group is characterized by a unique mix of language, culture, religion and social norms. Because of the growing diversity and wide range of languages, cultures and socioeconomic status within AAPI communities, providing community health education, services and programs to people of AAPI descent is more complex and requires custom approaches to reach the at-need communities.
The administering agency for the grants is the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County Inc. (PCC). Applications for the funding can be found on the Asian American Health Initiative’s website and will be accepted until July 31. One-on-one technical assistance and grant writing training sessions are being held to assist applicants.