Nov 2: AAPCHO Grassroots Spotlight on B Free CEED Year 2 Legacy Pilot Awardee Hope Clinic of Houston, TX

November 02, 2009

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) today proudly unveiled a new profile of Houston-based HOPE Clinic on as part of an ongoing “Grassroots Spotlight” series focused supporting and elevating grassroots organizations around the country.  This new online feature seeks to build increased federal recognition and national support for HOPE Clinic, which serves Houston’s uninsured, underinsured, non-English speaking, and low-income residents.

To see AAPCHO’s Grassroots Spotlight on HOPE Clinic, visit:

“We are honored and excited to help get the word out about HOPE Clinic and the excellent work that they have done for not only Houston’s Asian American and Pacific Islander population, but indeed the entire community,” said Jeff Caballero, executive director of AAPCHO.  “Over the past 20-plus years, AAPCHO has worked to promote the community health center model because we know it’s important role in nurturing communities medically, socially and even economically.  HOPE Clinic is a perfect example of this, and we commend them for their success thus far.”
HOPE Clinic opened its doors in 2001 as an entirely volunteer-run clinic to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care for the city’s most medically underserved and isolated populations. Since then, HOPE Clinic has grown significantly over the past 8 years to answer the mounting need of the community for low-cost and high quality primary health care services to men, women and children.  Moreover, HOPE Clinic’s award-winning breast cancer and hepatitis B program have successfully helped numerous patients navigate the complicated path towards recovery while addressing two of the major health disparity areas for Houston’s Asian Americans.
Dr. Andrea Caracostis, CEO of HOPE Clinic, said, “Each day we hear our patients’ stories that move us to action; they reinvigorate our mission to provide quality health care programs and services to all people without any prejudice in a culturally and linguistically competent manner.  AAPCHO’s recent efforts and those of other national supporters have now given us the chance to share our own story as an organization with the public, and for that we are deeply appreciative.”
HOPE Clinic is now working to secure status as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), so that it may receive program-sustaining grants under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act.   To learn about how you can help HOPE Clinic gain FQHC status or other ways to support HOPE, contact Shane Chen, HOPE Clinic’s Director of Capacity Development:

HOPE Clinic is a professionally staffed and full-time Federally Qualified Community Health Center –Look-Alike providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to Houston’s different ethnic groups regardless of ability to pay. In particular HOPE Clinic serves the uninsured, underinsured, those with limited English proficiency, and the low-income.  For more information, please visit

AAPCHO is a national association representing 27 community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders in the United States. Since 1987, AAPCHO has advocated for policies and programs that improve the provision of health care services that are community driven, financially affordable, linguistically accessible, and culturally appropriate.

For more information on AAPCHO and its Guiding Principles and Values, please visit

Press Release from AAPCHO, November 2, 2009