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FACHIC Shares True Spirit of the Season with Parol Program PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 December 2010 18:00

Chicago, IL - For its second year, the Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) celebrated the spirit of the holidays with its Christmas card decorating event on November 20, 2011 at Uncle Mike’s Place in Chicago. This workshop-type afternoon was part of the annual FACHIC Parol Program. Twenty volunteers came together to donate time and their creative talents to produce 120 colorful Christmas cards. Uncle Mike’s Place, located at 1700 West Grand Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, kindly donated workspace for crafting.

Cards were mailed to Chicagoland Filipino American seniors with winter safety information which provided tips on staying warm and surviving winter storms. Volunteer card decorators spanned from children to adults, all satisfied with their product and happy to pay respect to seniors in their community, even in a small way.

The Parol Program was established in 2009 with support from the Filipino American Network (FAN). The goal of the Parol Program is not only to offer holiday cheer, but also to assure Filipino American seniors that community health resources were available in their time of need.

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.

 

 
FACHIC Sparks Community Interest at First Annual Health Forum PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 November 2010 11:19

Chicago, IL - November 18, 2010. The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) held its first Community Health Forum on October 16 at Weiss Memorial Hospital as part of Filipino American History Month. The event drew 30 adults both old and young, all interested in dialoguing about the health of Chicagoland’s Filipino community. FACHIC began the forum by presenting results of their Filipino American Senior Health Assessment (FASHA), a pilot community health survey of Filipino and Filipino American seniors aged 60 years and higher. The study concluded that while most participants had health insurance in the past year and were seeing a physician annually, heart disease and contributing factors (obesity and diabetes) are highly prevalent in the Chicago Filipino senior community. In addition, depression and other mental health issues may exist and may be underreported due to social and cultural stigmas. The assessment also recognized that the lack of health services was deemed a major problem in the community by the respondents.

Following presentation of the survey findings, a diverse panel of health and community leaders addressed Filipino specific health concerns and provide their thoughts and insights on the state of Filipino health in Chicago. Panelists included John Paul (JP) Jael, a community activist that has worked in providing social services to the Asian American community; Rowena Luna, an intensive care unit nurse and former FACHIC community health worker; and Dr. Daniel Vicencio, an internist who was a founding member of FACHIC. Audience members were then encouraged to share ideas in an open townhall format. Panelists and audience members discussed strategies to help home-bound Filipino seniors, challenges to health and wellbeing within the Filipino community, and ultimately, how to increase health education and wellness for all generations.

FACHIC plans to share its findings from the community health survey through informal presentations throughout the community including churches, social gatherings and community events. For those interested in attending or hosting an informal presentation, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (312) 962-7748 for more information.

FASHA is an ongoing community health survey to gather information about the health needs of the Filipino senior community in the metropolitan Chicago area in order to help implement health and social service programs and services. FASHA is seeking Filipino and Filipino Americans age 60 years old or higher that live in the Chicago land area to participate. Each interview takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes and is completely free and confidential. Each participant will receive brochures and other health resources upon completion of the interview. Any interested individuals should email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (312) 962-7748 for more information.

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.

 

 
Parol Program Christmas Card Making on November 20, 2010 at Uncle Mike's Place PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 09:37
Come start the holiday season early with us and send some Christmas cheer to Filipino elders!

The Parol Program, an annual collaboration of the Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) and Filipino American Network Chicago (FAN), will be making and decorating Christmas cards to be sent with winter safety information to elders in our community and we need your help to make it fun for us and special for everyone. And just because they will be sent to elders doesn't mean we don't need elders to help decorate.  Children are welcome too!

UNCLE MIKE'S PLACE
1700 W Grand Ave (2 streets west of Ashland)
Chicago, IL
Saturday November 20, 2010
2 PM - 5 PM

Uncle Mike's Place (http://unclemikesplace.com/) is generously donating the space for the event but the diner closes at 3 pm so come early for lunch or Filipino Breakfast (longanisa, tocino, Spam) and help support a Filipino owned business.

WHAT TO BRING
We will have Christmas cards and the (boring) basics like markers and pens so along with your Christmas spirit, feel free to bring any other decorating or crafty things (ink & stamps and beads but keep easy cleanup in mind).


If you have any questions, please contact Sam del Rosario at (312) 869-2726 or parol@fachic.org.  RSVP not required but encouraged.

 

 
Call for Volunteers at FACHIC Outreach Events, November 5 to 7, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 October 2010 10:33

The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival will begin on Friday, November 5th 2010 lasting until Sunday, November 7th 2010 at the Portage Theater.  FACHIC will be hosting an information booth at the film festival to not only promote FACHIC but also to offer free health information and heart healthy recipes. We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers for 1.5 to 2 hr shifts. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail Cherrie Padua at        This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Volunteer Shifts:
Friday, November 5th: 6:30pm-8pm
Saturday, November 6th: 1:30pm-4:30pm (can split up shift)
Saturday, November 6th: 6:30pm-8pm
Sunday, November 7th: 11:30am-2:30pm (can split up shift)
Sunday, November 7th: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Chicago Filipino American Film Festival 2010
at the PORTAGE THEATER
4050 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

 

 
FACHIC Annual Fundraiser & Networking Mixer PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 13:45

Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC)

Annual Fundraiser and Networking Mixer

Come to learn more about FACHIC and to support

free health programs and services in the Filipino community

Saturday, October 2, 2010

2 PM to 4 PM

Dolce Restaurant

4114 North Kedzie Avenue

Chicago, IL 60618

Admission donation of $30 per person which will include appetizers and soft drinks.

RSVP encouraged at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 312.962.7748.

 

 
FACHIC Aims to Educate and Engage Community at First Filipino Health Forum PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 August 2010 10:14

Chicago, IL – August 28, 2010.

The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) will host its first Filipino Community Health Forum on Saturday, October 16, 2010, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This educational and interactive event will take place at the ground floor auditorium of Weiss Memorial Hospital, located at 4646 North Marine Drive in Chicago. This event is part of Filipino American History Month activities in the Chicagoland area and is free to attend and open to the public.

At the health forum, FACHIC will present findings of the Filipino American Senior Health Assessment, a pilot community health survey of Filipino and Filipino American seniors conducted between 2008 and 2010. A panel of respected health professionals and community leaders will lead discussion on the key community health problems. Attendees will be encouraged to voice their health concerns and propose solutions in a town hall meeting format. Healthy, light refreshments will be served and free health information and door prizes will be available.

There is limited free street parking around Weiss Memorial Hospital and garage parking is available at a discounted rate. Weiss Memorial Hospital is accessible by CTA Red Line, half a mile east of the Wilson stop or via CTA Bus routes #81 and #145. Carpool/shuttle service may be available from the Jose Rizal Center and other locations. Please call (312) 962-7748 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

FACHIC is a collaborative of community, health professional, and academic leaders united to address Filipino health issues in the Chicago area. Its mission 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 obtained its 501(c)(3) status in October 2009. All FACHIC programs and services are free and available to all.

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Call for Social Work Volunteers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 August 2010 10:00

FACHIC is in search of volunteers with social work or casework backgrounds as well as social work students to help establish and run regular social work clinics in the community.  While the majority of our organization has a Filipino background, we are looking for volunteers with a general interest in working with a moderately sized community within an urban and suburban environment encountering issues such as access to housing, medical care, entitlements, counseling, and family support.  All volunteers will be coordinated and supervised by an LCSW.

Please do not hesitate to contact us or pass along our information to any contacts who may be interested and we would be happy to answer any questions that you or they may have. The FACHIC social worker, Sam del Rosario, LCSW, can be reached by email at swreferral @fachic.org or by phone at 312.962.7748.

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 became an Illinois corporation in July 2008 and obtained its 501(c)(3) status in October 2009.

 

 
FACHIC Community Health Internship Opportunity Available for Summer-Fall 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 22:57
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.  Among FACHIC’s ongoing projects is the Filipino American Senior Health Assessment (FASHA), a research program that collects and assesses critical information on health issues specifically affecting Filipino American seniors in the Chicago metropolitan area. Preliminary findings from FASHA have been presented regionally including the Minority Health in the Midwest Conference and the Midwest Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting.

FACHIC is seeking one student intern to work with the FACHIC volunteer research staff in data analysis and validation of the Filipino American Senior Health Assessment (FASHA) research project results.  Intern will also assist in planning the Filipino Community Health Forum, an open townhall meeting for the Filipino American community in October 2010.

Ideal students will have knowledge or background in:

-       Epidemiology/Biostatistics
-       Community Health

Experience working with the Filipino and/or Asian community is a plus.

This is a non-paid position which provides valuable experience and is available immediately.

For additional information about FACHIC and this internship opportunity, please contact Carmela Estrada Bondad at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at (312) 962-7748.

 
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