The Vietnamese Community of Orange County has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from a philanthropic organization to establish a community health-care program for Asian women and children.
The pilot program, called the Women's Health Initiative, is intended to provide preventive and primary care to people who often face language, cultural and financial barriers in the existing health system, said Mai Cong, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Vietnamese Community.
The grant, provided by the Baxter Foundation, will help establish a community clinic in Little Saigon, probably in Westminster, Cong said.
Asians--particularly those who are poor and do not speak English--often have difficulty obtaining basic health-care services and health education, Cong said. "We want to help them develop good preventive health (care) habits," including regular Pap smears and tuberculosis screenings, she said.