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HSS Asian Community Bone Health Initiative (ACBHI)

The HSS Asian Community Bone Health Initiative was launched in 2011 in response to the health needs of the growing number of Asian seniors living in New York City. Its goal is to help Asian seniors to stay active and better manage chronic bone and joint disease through culturally-relevant education and exercise programs.

Members doing stretching exercises To date, the Initiative has reached over 6300 individuals through its programming and has had a significant impact on improving participants’ quality of life, reducing pain and lessening stiffness and fatigue.

All the programs are delivered directly in the community.

Exercise Program

Low-Impact Chair Exercises

A low-impact physical activity program that is proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. The routines include gentle range-of-motion and strengthening exercises.


This course teaches seniors simple-to-follow yoga stretches and gentle body movements that will help them gain confidence, balance and strength.

Educational Program

The overall goal is to increase seniors’ awareness of musculoskeletal conditions and provide knowledge about how to manage them. Topics include:

  • Joint pain
  • Knee joint OA diagnosis and treatments
  • Hip joint OA diagnosis and treatments
  • Osteoporosis
  • Healthy Eating

Program Impact

Exercise Program

To date, we've reached over 560 participants in the exercise program. Below are some statistically significant findings from 249 respondents:

  • 28% fewer participants had pain on a daily basis after completing the program
  • 55% more participants could climb several flights of stairs after the program
  • 46% more participants could bend, kneel or stoop
  • 46% more participants could lift/carry groceries
  • 35% participants felt the program reduced their fatigue
  • 95% of participants felt the program reduced their stiffness
  • 51% decrease in proportion of respondents that fell after completion of the program
  • Respondents indicated that their pain level decreased by 43% after participating in the program

Educational Program

We’ve conducted 11 educational programs reaching over 330 participants. Below are some findings from 292 respondents:

  • 91% felt the information learned was relevant to their health
  • 90% would likely use the information they learned in the future
  • 86% felt confident they could manage the symptoms of their condition after participating in the program
  • 84% understood the program material

Community Partners & Resources

ACBHI Community Partners

Mott Street Senior Center
180 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012

Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center
(Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center)
45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11355

Visiting Nurse Service of New York
7 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013

ACBHI resources

Arthritis Foundation

NYS Department for the Aging

NYS Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

For More Information

For more information about this program, please contact:
Yu Sun, MPH 
Public Health Outcomes Coordinator
Public and Patient Education
HSS Education Institute
212.774.2413 or suny@hss.edu



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Honorable Mention:

On June 19, 2014, the Asian Community Bone Health Initiative (ACBHI) won honorable mention as part of the HANYS (Healthcare Association of New York State) Community Health Improvement Award. The Award, established in 1997, is presented to facilities and programs that target specific community health issues, demonstrate leadership, collaborate among diverse groups, and achieve quantifiable results.