Pipeline for AANHPI Community Health Initiative Pilots Internship with Chinese Hospital

The Pipeline for AANHPI Community Health Initiative is piloting a new internship with the Chinese Hospital of San Francisco. The internship was developed by the Asian American Research Center at UC Berkeley (AARC) and managed by Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS).

For Fall 2022, the PACH/Chinese Hospital pilot field study internship program is a culminating experience that fulfills a requirement for the Certificate in Asian American Community Health (CAACH) offered by the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program in the Ethnic Studies Department. This certificate is the first undergraduate certificate in Asian American community health in the United States. It introduces UC Berkeley students to the diversity, complexity, and challenges in Asian American community health.

The PACH field study internship pilot program offers a transformative and meaningful work-based learning experience for undergraduate students pursuing careers in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) community health. The course is co-developed by faculty, community health practitioners, and staff at the S.F. Chinese Hospital.

The Chinese Hospital of San Francisco is a unique healthcare provider with a long and rich history of serving the local community that dates back to the late 1800s. In 1925, the Chinese Hospital opened its doors at 835 Jackson Street, becoming the first and only institution of its kind in the country. In 1979, the Chinese Hospital built a new facility to meet new hospital requirements as well as the growing demands for its services.

Today, the Chinese Hospital continues its mission to provide culturally competent care to Chinese immigrants and surrounding Bay Area communities. In fact, by taking proactive community efforts and providing quality care during the pandemic, the Chinese Hospital has kept Chinatown COVID cases at its lowest in the nation, despite the fact that San Francisco is the second most densely populated area.

To learn more, visit https://aaads.berkeley.edu/pach.

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