Saturday, 06 December 2014 20:34
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Many Americans who are uninsured are interested in finding affordable health coverage, but do not have all the information about how to get covered.
Enroll America is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose goal is to maximize the number of Americans who have health insurance now available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their focus is on reaching the community through education and empowerment of community members. FACHIC in partnership with Enroll America wishes to help ensure the Filipino American community is aware of their health insurance choices.
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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 23:35
Chicago, IL – December 2, 2014. The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) is offering vouchers for free flu shots provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with Walgreens. This is the fourth year FACHIC has participated in this program to offer flu shot vouchers to those in need in the Filipino community as well as the community at large. The flu shot is the best defense against seasonal flu.
Vouchers may be used at any Walgreens in the Chicago area through April 15, 2015. The voucher will cover the cost and administration of the flu shot. In order to be eligible, individuals must have no insurance coverage for a flu shot and cannot afford to pay for a flu shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all individuals 6 months of age and older should receive the vaccine. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of severe flu. High risk patients include: adults age 65 and older, pregnant women, health workers and nursing home residents. Adults with diabetes, heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease on dialysis, actively smoking, cancer or any chronic disease are also considered high risk. Caregivers of children or at risk adults and household contacts of individuals with high risk medical problems should also consider receiving a flu shot. For more information about the flu and how to protect yourself, go to www.flu.gov.
If you are interested in receiving a voucher or know someone who would benefit from receiving a voucher, please e-mail
with your request or call 312-962-7748 for more information. Vouchers are limited and subject to availability. Vouchers will be sent via US first class mail to the requesting individual’s address.
The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) is a collaborative of community, health professional, and academic leaders united to address Filipino health issues in the Chicago area. The mission of FACHIC is to increase awareness of Filipino health disparities and to implement health interventions and educational programming to improve the health status of the Filipino community. FACHIC is a 501(c)(3) Illinois nonprofit organization. All programs and services are free and available to all. For more information, visit http://www.fachic.org.
Friday, 06 June 2014 11:56
from Mula sa Puso: Heart Healthy Traditional Filipino Recipes by American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate, San Francisco Division
1/4 lb. Bitter melons whole, halved or quartered, depending on size
1/4 lb. Japanese eggplants, whole, halved or quartered, depending on size
1/4 lb. Okra, trimmed
1/4 lb. String beans, trimmed and cut in 2 inch lengths
1/4 cup Onion, sliced
1/2 cup Sautéed lean pork slices
1 cup Tomatoes (cherry tomatoes, preferred) coarsely chopped
1 tbsp. Fish sauce
1/4 cup Water
Layer ingredients in a pot (allow space for turning). Cover and boil a few minutes to wilt vegetables, then too vegetables.
Reduce heat to lower and simmer partially covered. Toss occasionally top rotate vegetables or stir gently to retain individual identities of the vegetables. Cook to desired doneness.
Single Serving Nutrient Values
Calories 55.82 kc
% calories from fat 34
Protein 5.133 gm
Carbohydrate 4.306 gm
Cholesterol 11.62 mg
Sodium 143.7 mg
Total Fat 2.151 gm
Saturated 0.733 gm
Polyunsaturated 0.240 gm
Monounsaturated 0.906 gm
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 13:00
Chicago, Illinois – The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) presented a heart healthy cooking demonstration of Low Fat Leche Flan, a traditional Filipino dessert, to over 50 attendees at the St. John’s United Methodist Church (UMC) in Oak Park, Illinois on Sunday, May 18, 2014. The congregation at St. John’s UMC is 97% Filipino and FACHIC was invited to conduct the cooking demonstration by Reverend Reuel Talapian and Roselin Romualdo, Evangelism and Witness Ministry at St. John’s UMC.
FACHIC board members, Dr. Yasmin Sacro and John Paul Jael, conducted an interactive cooking demonstration of Low Fat Leche Flan, incorporating tips and suggestions for heart healthy alternatives in traditional Filipino cooking. The question and answer session focused on topics such as governmental regulation on transfats, the role of genetics in cardiovascular health and the importance of motivation to exercise. Samples of low fat leche flan and copies of the American Heart Association’s Mula sa Puso recipe booklet including the featured heart healthy Low Fat Leche Flan recipe and Filipino specific health education were distributed to participants.
Roselin Romualdo thanks “FACHIC for sharing with us heart healthy tips on cooking Filipino dishes and for demonstrating a low-fat leche flan dish. It was delicious and light, so you don't feel guilty at all eating that dessert! The recipe book will inspire us to prepare healthy dishes in our homes and church for our fellowship lunches. We can promote healthy heart with healthy soul!”
This cooking demonstration of Low Fat Leche Flan is the final of three demonstrations part of FACHIC’s Heart Healthy Cooking for the Filipino Community program that received a 2013-2014 Community Action Grant from the American Heart Association. A copy of Low Fat Leche Flan is available online for download at http://www.fachic.org/lecheflan.
For more information about the Low Fat Leche Flan cooking demonstration and future community partnership opportunities, contact FACHIC at (312) 962-7748 or
The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) is a collaborative of community, health professional, and academic leaders united to address Filipino health issues in the Chicago area. The mission of FACHIC is to increase awareness of Filipino health disparities and to implement health interventions and educational programming to improve the health status of the Filipino community. FACHIC is a 501(c)(3) Illinois nonprofit organization. All programs and services are free and available to all. For more information, visit www.fachic.org.