Initiative on Community Care Network - In May 2003, in partnership with Asian American Fund, National Chinese American Association, and other community organizations in New York, Texas, California, and other states, the Chair Dr. Hu and the Executive Director of the Foundation Mr. Joseph Chen took an initiative to formulate the "Initiative on Community Care" with a mission to enhance the quality of the community health education and information. The network establishment will be announced by the end of June.
National Health Education and Prevention Initiative -
There are nearly 12 million citizens and residents being Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. In May, 2003, in partnership with Asian American Christian Alliance, the Herald, and other national and local community organizations, the China Foundation took an initiative to form "National Health Education and Prevention Initiative on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, and other diseases", particularly targeted Asian American community in America. Initiated at the end of 2003, this was the first such undertaking in the history of Asian American community. On the HIV/AIDS prevention, the approach is partially based on a Foundation's study about the success of Uganda, an African
country which has implemented an effective strategy of prevention, emphasizing abstinence and marital fidelity, as well as the responsible use of condoms to prevent HIV transmission.
Joseph Chen and Elizabeth Szu, a leader of Asian Americans in
California, organized very successful Press Conferences in Houston and Los Angeles
to raise public awareness of SARS and other infectious diseases in the
Asian American community. Joseph Chen hosted a Health Forum in Houston, Texas
on SARS, hepatitis B and other infectious diseases. The Health Forum was
very successful and well attended. The Harris County of Texas proclaimed
August 23, 2003, the date of the Health Forum, as the China Foundation Day to
honor this event and the contribution of the China Foundation because of
Joseph Chen's humanitarian efforts.