News and Events
Remembering Nelson Mandela: An advocate for change
December 6, 2013 Nelson Mandela passed away on Thursday night, leaving behind a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. As a leader of the anti-Apartheid movement and the peaceful liberation of a black majority in the white minority-ruled South Africa, Mandela became a central figure in the human rights struggle at home and abroad. SSG, an organization with deep roots in community advocacy, respectfully remembers a man who inspired generations around the world.
Having a Home for the Holidays
December 3, 2013 Permanent supportive housing combines a permanent home for someone who is homeless and includes mental healthcare, job training and medical, drug and alcohol treatment provided on-site. SSG’s divisions and programs provide either housing and/or supportive services to chronically homeless individuals.
Dealing with mental illness as a youth can be scary and lonely
November 22, 2013 Moodiness, depression, substance abuse are all warning signs parents can’t ignore. Dealing with mental illness as a youth or being a parent of a youth struggling with mental illness can seem daunting. You are not alone. SSG’s divisions and programs provide culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services to young adults (or Transition Age Youth ages 16-24).
BMI Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story about Obesity Diseases for Asian Americans
November 1, 2013 Body Mass Index (BMI) uses height and weight ratios to determine whether someone is obese. A person with a BMI of 30 is considered obese and at high risk for obesity-related diseases, such as heart and renal problems and diabetes. According to many medical experts, however, these diseases can occur at the same rate for Asian Americans with BMI as low as 24. Over-relying on BMI as an indicator of chronic diseases can mean many Asian Americans might be overlooked for prevention efforts. The stereotype of ‘skinny’ Asians “propagates that ‘model minority’ myth,” says Scott Chan, program director of SSG’s Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance. “It makes people in our own community feel like they don’t have to worry about obesity and diabetes. We buy into it.” Challenging this stereotype is an important aspect of APIOPA’s community advocacy work.
Covered California is Open for Business
October 2, 2013 As of Oct. 1, Covered California is officially open for business. It kicks off a six-month open-enrollment period, during which at least 500,000 Californians are expected to enroll in affordable health insurance programs. As the rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act, Covered California will allow many SSG divisions to work with even more people in our underserved communities. “We are thrilled about the successful launch of Covered California. As a behavioral health organization, we are particularly excited about the inclusion of substance abuse and mental health treatment services as part of the 10 essential health benefits included in every plan,” said Dianna Malak-Lopez, SSG’s Director of Strategic Development & Partnerships. Many SSG programs have already begun productive partnerships with health care organizations to provide more holistic services to our communities.
New Report Uncovers Poverty Suffered by Many in API Community
September 27, 2013 On September 25, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles announced the release of a report on the Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders (NHPI) in Los Angeles County, highlighting the rapidly growing number of API immigrants. The report also challenges the “myth of Asian Americans and NHPI as the model minority” and highlights the “tremendous social and economic diversity” among APIs in LA County. This data illustrates the importance of SSG programs such as the Tongan Community Service Center, founded to serve a PI community that faces multiple socioeconomic challenges. As outlined in announcement – and featured in an LA Times article about the report – Tongan immigrants experience shockingly high rates of poverty, as well as high rates of unemployment. Learn more about TCSC:
APIOPA’s “Bike to China” Project engages State Assemblymember
August 28, 2013 On Wednesday, July 17th, APIOPA’s Bike to China youth had the opportunity to lead their State Assemblymember, Jimmy Gomez, on a tour of Chinatown, one of nine cities represented in the 51st assembly district. This 3 mile youth-led tour focused on highlighting concerns of the Chinatown community and recommendations for the changes they want to see take place in the area. Some of the main policy changes the youth discussed were Increased investment in bicycle infrastructure in Chinatown, increased research on air quality and its impact on community health, and cultural and linguistic access for all community members to share their voice. To learn more about this and other APIOPA projects, please visit www.apiopa.org. For more news on SSG Divisions, visit SSG Newsletters.
Obamacare: Role of Community-Based Providers
July 22, 2013 As healthcare reform (aka Obamacare) rapidly approaches, the important role of community-based providers – including community health centers like SSG partner APAIT Health Center – in ensuring access to care is evolving and expanding. In 2014, there will be an influx of new clients who will now have access to insurance. By 2015, the health centers are expected to double the number of patients they serve to 40 million. APAIT Health Center is prepared for this expansion and provide primary medical and behavioral health services. For further details on APAIT click here. To read the original article click here. Additional article.
SSG Divisions: Move to New Locations
July 8, 2013 Many SSG divisions have relocated to new offices. On June 10th, Project 180 opened its doors at a new location in Little Tokyo at 470 E. 3rd St. Suite C, Los Angeles. As of July 1, 2013, API Alliance, Older Adults Program, PALS for Health, BACUP, The Painted Brain, and Integrated Behavioral Health Team moved to 1730 W. Olympic Blvd., LA in the same building as the APAIT Health Center. Programs will be getting settled in during the first couple of weeks in July. Call in advance for service availability. For detailed contact information, visit the Programs & Services page.
Local Walk-In Clinics Gaining Popularity
June 18, 2013 Community healthcare clinics are gaining popularity for people looking to avoid the long waits and high prices of the doctor’s office or emergency rooms. This trend is expected to continue as the Affordable Care Act’s full implementation looms and concerns grow over a shortage of primary care physicians. Community providers, such as SSG views this growing trend as an opportunity to provide increased services to local community members seeking both physical and mental health services. For more information on SSG’s local community clinics, click here. To read the full article, click here.