Consumer Health Information for Asians (CHIA): a collaborative project.

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J Med Libr Assoc. 2002 Oct;90(4):400-5.


According to the 2000 United States Census, the Asian population in Houston, Texas, has increased more than 67% in the last ten years. To supplement an already active consumer health information program, the staff of the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library worked with community partners to bring health information to predominantly Asian neighborhoods. Brochures on health topics of concern to the Asian community were translated and placed in eight informational kiosks in Asian centers such as temples and an Asian grocery store. A press conference and a ribbon cutting ceremony were held to debut the kiosks and to introduce the Consumer Health Information for Asians (CHIA) program. Project goals for the future include digitizing the translated brochures, mounting them on the Houston HealthWays Website, and developing touch-screen kiosks. The CHIA group is investigating adding health resources in other Asian languages, as well as Spanish. Funding for this project has come from outside sources rather than from the regular library budget.


Academic Medical Centers/organization & administration, *Asian Americans, *Community-Institutional Relations, Consumer Advocacy, Cooperative Behavior, Health Education/*organization & administration, Humans, Information Services/*organization & administration, Libraries, Medical/*organization & administration, Needs Assessment Program Development, Texas


PMCID: PMC128956