HJN Profile: 5 Questions with FASGI
Each month, we randomly select a HJN member organization and give you the opportunity to hear more about what they do.
What is the mission of your organization?
To improve the quality of life of the Filipino American community through health, housing, advocacy, education and research.
What communities do you serve?
FASGI has been providing culturally appropriate case management, transitional housing, health and other social services to families and individuals in Los Angeles County. Services are provided to all who are in need regardless of a person’s age, ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, or economic background. Geographically, we are located in Historic Filipinotown and have been serving this population since 1981, but our past and current projects have involved services to Filipino communities in West Covina, Carson and Eagle Rock.
Describe two of your programs you would like HJN members to know about.
Openhealth Diabetes Project (OHD): OHD is a 3-year project funded by The California Wellness Foundation using a train-the-trainer model, where Filipino seniors called Senior Peer Educators (SPE’s) undergo an 8-week training on diabetes awareness and management. After being trained, the SPE’s then go back to their Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and conduct at least 2 educational classes on diabetes. The project is in its second year and has partnerships with numerous faith-based groups and CBOs, as well as with Filipino nurses and a registered nutritionist and dietician.
Adbokasyon para sa Kalusugan (ASK): ASK, which can be translated into Advocacy for Health, is a 3-year project funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and the California Community Foundation. The project seeks to develop leaders among Filipino immigrant baby boomers leaders and engage them around the issue of access to healthy food in the communities of Historic Filipinotown and Eagle Rock. After undergoing a Promotores training on leadership, nutrition and advocacy, the group will implement an education and advocacy campaign on healthy eating and will encourage Filipino restaurants to add healthy options to their menus.
What is the most pressing issue FASGI is currently working?
The most pressing issue FASGI is working on is health– particularly, the health of the Filipino American community in Los Angeles. The California Health Interview Survey (2007) has shown that among all Asian ethnic groups in L.A. County, Filipinos have the highest rates of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Although our services are not exclusive to Filipino Americans, our projects are driven by these underlying statistics.
Anything else you would like to share?
We have moved administrative offices to:
1711 W. Temple Street, 6th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90026
P: (213) 483 9804
F: (213) 487 9806