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.
To date, the Initiative has reached over 500 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.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
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.
The overall goal is to increase seniors’ awareness of musculoskeletal conditions and provide knowledge about how to manage them. Topics include:
To date, we've reached over 250 participants in the exercise program. Below are some statistically significant findings from 167 respondents:
We’ve conducted 8 educational programs reaching over 300 participants. Below are some findings from 145 respondents:
For more information about this program, please contact:
Demi (Minlun) Wu, MPA
Public & Patient Education
Education & Academic Affairs
at 212.774.2869 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.