A Permanent Home
After more than 30 years, we are ready to create the first permanent home to serve as a bridge for Asian and American cultures for future generations.
The permanent Asian Health & Service Center building will be a unique facility designed for a unique purpose. Featured elements include:
- Treatment rooms for both behavioral and physical healthcare
- Asian Cancer Resource and Support Center
- Multi-purpose small group rooms and a healing garden for adult classes and therapeutic group programs
- A multi-purpose room (approximately 6,000 square feet) for health education and exercise classes, AHCS’s meal program and for social and cultural community events.
- A total of 30,000 square feet dedicated to bridging Asian and American peoples.
Together we can create a vibrant Center in the geographic core of Portland’s burgeoning Asian community in Southeast Portland.
The Lents neighborhood site for the permanent Center has excellent transit access. The scale of AHSC’s permanent home meets cultural, health and social service needs of Asian people in the Portland Metro area for years to come.
The mission of Asian Health and Service Center is to be the bridge between Asian and American cultures and to build a harmonious community.
Our Major Achievements from 1983 to 2015
- Meeting the needs of a fast-changing and growing community, AHSC has expanded services to address needs in multiple and diverse Asian cultures.
- Creating a model for culturally specific services, AHSC developed an innovative approach that integrates diverse Asian cultural programming with health and social services.
- Building an important bridge between health providers and diverse Asian people in our community through the annual AHSC Health Fair.
- Achieving financially stability with a $2.6 million annual budget, a capable and culturally diverse Board of Directors, and a unique base of community partnerships.
- 46,000 service encounters per year
- Primary impact in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties
- Intergenerational engagement in programs and services
- Culturally specific case management
- Access to culturally specific health care and social services
- Cultural and education programs integrated with health and social services
“We are bursting at the seams.”
Nearly three-quarters of Oregon’s Asian population lives in the Portland Metro Area and our community is becoming even more diverse. In the tri-county region the Asian population increased by 47.5% over the past ten years. In the next ten years, we conservatively estimate the Asian metro population will increase another 47%, from approximately 150,000 to more than 220,000.
A permanent home for the Asian Health and Service Center is good for Portland’s future, which will continue to benefit from a strong bridge with Asian people. We are a Pacific Rim community in our trade, our history and our future. The Asian Health & Service Center will be increasingly needed to bridge people of diverse backgrounds and needs, providing culturally specific health and other social services, building on its unique program model to build connections and promote a thriving community.
Average number of service encounters per year at AHSC.
Renting space in multiple locations no longer works as an effective model for delivery of AHSC’s critical and valued services to our community. We are already bursting at the seams.
“We need to build a Center that can be the bridge for future generations of Asian people in Portland.”