Women’s Health Screening and Benefits Exchange
New Partnerships Open Fresh Avenues of Health Care for Underserved Communities
Asian Pacific Development Center
1537 Alton St. Aurora, CO 80010
Tel: 303-923-2920 | www.apdc.org
The Asian Pacific Development Center was awarded a grant with Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) to offer breast and cervical cancer exams to underserved Asian Pacific Islander women. Since August 28th, the program has provided funding and case management to broaden the level of assistance, including enrollment in Medicaid for women diagnosed with cancer. WWC is administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
APDC is also taking part in a pilot program for the state health benefits exchange, providing outreach and education efforts to allow low-income people—between 133 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level—access and eligibility to use the insurance exchange. APDC will integrate the navigator and interpreter system already in place to promote eligibility for Federal subsidized insurance plans or programs like Medicaid. This will create a simpler marketplace for those underinsured within the the Asian Pacific Islander community.
On September 21st, members of APDC attended the Community Health Fair, sponsored by the Philippine Nurses Association of Colorado. Two of APDC’s community navigators, Gyan and Puspa Koirala were present alongside the Health Project’s Program Coordinator, Patricia Tabbilos, to present information on Connect for Health Colorado and Women’s Wellness Connection cancer screenings.
APDC had moved to its new location (1537 Alton St. Aurora, CO 80010) late-April to integrate all of its services under one roof. In the 13,000 square-foot building, they now offer behavioral health, primary care, victims assistance, adult education, youth program, interpretation/translation services.