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ASIA's International Community Health Center Grand Opening

ASIA's International Community Health Center
Grand Opening
Asian Town Center
February 25, 2015

Asian Services In Action Inc. (ASIA Inc.) is a Northeast Ohio nonprofit organization that has the mission to empower and advocate for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders (AAPIs); and to provide AAPIs access to quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate information and services.

The new International Community Health Center (ICHC) on the 2nd floor of the Asian Town Center on East 38th Street fills the need for what ASIA's Executive Director Michael Byun called "Culturally Competent Medical Care" in Cleveland's AsiaTown.

International Community Health Center

International Community Health Center


Byun spoke of the prior lack of such culturally competent care in the area and how many took midnight busses to New York to find health care they were culturally comfortable with.

Michael Byun at ICHC opening

Michael Byun



Doctor Volunteers

ICHC Medical Director, Dr. Sheng Liu, MD, ABFM, ASIA Family Nurse Practitioner, Candace Lord and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Cindy Meng


Michael Byun introduced Janet Kemp MD, Board President of Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA) who told of how she got involved in ASIA and how this new center will help the community.

Dr. Janet Kemp

Dr. Janet Kemp



Dr. Gregory Hall, Chair of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health spoke about the state's role.

Dr. Gregory Hall

Dr. Gregory Hall



The new International Community Health Center is in AsiaTown in the St Clair Superior Neighborhood of Ward 7 in Cleveland. Cleveland Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow spoke at the grand opening.

Councilman TJ Dow

Councilman TJ Dow



Toinette Parrilla	Director, Cleveland Department of Public Health

Toinette Parrilla,Director, Cleveland Department of Public Health

Matt Keyes representing US Senator Sherrod Brown

Matt Keyes representing US Senator Sherrod Brown


After other speakers and recognition, Micahel Byun and other leaders and supporters gathered to cut the ribbon and officially open the new ICHC.

ICHC ribbon cutting



ICHC ribbon cutting


Tours were offered of the new facility.

Congratulations to the staff and supporters of ASIA Inc. for this important addition to the community.

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Enjoy these other images from the grand opening of the ICHC.

Crowd at the grand opening

Crowd at the grand opening


Kimlee Sureemee  and Scott Piepho

Kimlee Sureemee and Scott Piepho


Sujata Burgess, Councilman TJ Dow and Lisa Wong

Sujata Burgess, Councilman TJ Dow and Lisa Wong


Councilman Jeff Johnson, Toinette Parrilla and Sibley Strader

Councilman Jeff Johnson, Toinette Parrilla and Sibley Strader


Chitra Mishra and Mona Alag from FICA

Chitra Mishra and Mona Alag from FICA


ASIA Inc staff andvcolunteers

Damanti Pradhan & Nicole Tan


ASIA Inc staff and volunteers Cathy Vue and Stacey Ortman

Cathy Vue and Stacey Ortman


Matt Keyes speaking with Paw Htoo and Sally Chan

Matt Keyes speaking with Paw Htoo and Sally Chan


Xiaya Summer Tan

Xiaya Summer Tan


ASIA Inc staff and volunteers


Councilman Jeff Johnson, Michael Byun, Toinette Parrilla, ICHC Doctor and Councilman TJ Dow

Councilman Jeff Johnson, Michael Byun, Toinette Parrilla,
ICHC Medical Director Sheng Liu, MD, ABFM and Councilman TJ Dow


ICHC OPen Now sign



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