Whittier Street Health Center Recognizes Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

  • May 11, 2021

On October 5, 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed into law a declaration acknowledging the first week of May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” Over the next decade this expanded to encompass the entire month of May as a time to recognize the rich culture shared by Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. This month, Whittier Street Health Center (“Whittier”) honors all persons of Asian/Pacific decent, and recognizes/acknowledges health care disparities and social inequities that exist among this particular population.

According to the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, Asia Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, accounting for roughly 18.2 million of the nation’s population. Despite the rapid growth among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, there are many areas across the country where members of this population struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Approximately 19.4% of Asian adults reported (per the 2017 U.S. Census Report) a lack of consistent access to/receipt of healthcare with Pacific Islanders reporting they receive a poor level of care. The lack of access to care has manifested into a multitude of different health consequences with cancer being the number one (1) cause of death among Asian Americans.  Additionally, 20% of Asian Americans reported corollaries associated with diabetes. Pacific Islanders reported a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases with 25.3 males and 2.1 females (per 100,000) diagnosed with HIV; by contrast, rates among white Americas are 9.6 and 1.7 respectively. While the disparities in health care are vast, they can be narrowed to the root cause of barriers to health care and health education.

Whittier is dedicated to providing accessible healthcare and social services to diverse populations in order to eliminate the disparities that exist in and among its communities. We serve as health champions for our diverse patient population, and stand ready to support our Asian/Pacific patients, friends, neighbors and partners with the excellence, dignity, respect and compassion.


A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).