About HOPE Clinic
The Asian American Health Coalition established HOPE Clinic in 2002 as a four-hours-a-month, volunteer-run, non-profit clinic, providing culturally and linguistically competent care for Houston’s under-served, and linguistically isolated Asian communities. Located in the Alief Neighborhood, Houston’s most racially diverse neighborhood, HOPE gained recognition after hurricane Katrina, in 2005, when it provided services to 3,000 of the 15,000 Vietnamese evacuees from Louisiana. Today HOPE Clinic has grown in to a full time Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing over 100,000 patients visit a year.
HOPE Clinic provides health care services to all regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. In particular, HOPE Clinic serves the uninsured, under-insured, those with limited English proficiency, and the low-income. A unique characteristic of HOPE Clinic is its capacity to provide services in 14 different languages, including: Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Burmese, Arabic and Spanish.
The growth and achievements of HOPE Clinic have been possible thanks to a fabulous team of dedicated individuals, who time and again, go beyond the call of duty to provide the care needed to improve the health status of our community. But the most important catalyst of the clinic’s growth is our community, who trusts their health in our hands and challenges us to provide new services and be innovative in the delivery of care. They constantly remind us that their health status is more than a number in the charts. It’s our moral responsibility to build a better future for our community.
HOPE Clinic is supported by its own patient income, Federal and State grants and the generous support of private Foundations and individuals.
What We Care About
Social determinants of health (SDoH) is a relatively new term in health care. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines SDoH as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels”. The social determinants of health also determine access and quality of medical care.
Although the SDoH easily resonate for clinicians, given their intuitive recognition that health outcomes are affected by patients’ conditions outside the clinical walls, clinicians may raise several concerns about involvement in the SDoH. First, they realize that this is not their domain of expertise or current accountability. Second, some are worried that health care systems already have enough to address and should not play a role in efforts to mitigate or improve the SDoH.
For us, Seeds of All Things provides a unique opportunity to visit a patient beyond the clinic walls and will help clinicians understand how impactful their role is in shaping a community’s well-being. This film helps illustrate the impact that the social and environment has on the family and questions how we can address yet another issue in health care. We hope that it will motivate individuals and organizations to join or form new community partnerships to prioritize, develop, and implement proven and/or testable interventions to improve community health outcomes. With the failure of our current health care system to deliver better health and well-being at an affordable cost, exploring opportunities in the other determinants of health seems wise, if not imperative.
Our collaboration with the Houston Asian American Archive has been instrumental in conducting these interviews. Extended videos, along with oral histories from across the world, can be found on the HAAA website.