KAOG currently features four important services, based on community needs and demand.
1. Patient Navigator Program
The Patient Navigator Program is designed to help limited English community members navigate the health care system by eliminating barriers to care services by providing easy access to essential resources. Patient Navigators are experienced professionals who understand the complexity of the American health care system. They assist patients who are more comfortable speaking with a health care team in their native language. Currently, we have Patient Navigators who speak Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
What do Patient Navigators do?
For a small fee, based on a sliding income scale, our Patient Navigators will work with patients to:
Facilitate a discussion between the health care provider and patient while providing interpretation services.
Obtain and explain information about procedures or treatments
Explain any updates about the health care plan so patients can make informed decisions
Coordinate appointments or medical exams
Find resources or services that may help patients connect to the health care they need
Assist with transportation to medical appointments
Share with patients other resources that may be available
Help patients feel calm and less worried about their health situation
Assist patients with understanding their health care coverage options
2. Social Security Benefit Navigator Program
The Social Security Benefit Navigator Program is designed to help limited English community members navigate the Social Security Benefits program by eliminating barriers to care services by providing easy access to essential resources. Social Security Benefits Navigators are professionals knowledgeable about the Social Security program. They assist clients who are more comfortable speaking with a case worker in their native language. Currently, we have Social Security Benefit Navigators who speak Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
What do Social Security Benefit Navigators do?
For a small fee, based on a sliding income scale, our Social Security Benefit Navigators will work with clients to:
Help clients understand the Social Security Benefits system
Provide in person consultation to determine potential eligibility
Assist with filling out applications
Provide updates on changes in the Social Security Benefits program
3. Asian American Outreach Initiative
“ KAOG serves as a community champion in working with universities and government agencies in outreaching to the Asian American community ”
KAOG serves as a community champion in working with universities and government agencies in outreaching to the Asian American community by utilizing its strong ties with community leaders, faith-based organization leaders, and ethnic media.
KAOG has been successful in assisting with a range of different outreach initiatives to vulnerable communities, such as working with Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland in data collection for public health research as well as assisting public officials with their political campaigns.
Examples of outreach programs in which KAOG engages participation include: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) implementation, FEMA emergency preparedness, TB screenings, Hepatitis C screenings, Hepatitis B screenings and vaccination, Pandemic flu vaccination, and overall community health fairs.
4. Youth Advocacy and L.E.A.D. Program
March 6-8, 2016
1st Annual KAOG
Youth Advocacy and
Youth Advocacy and Leadership Enhancement Activities for Development (L.E.A.D.) is a hands-on program that engages young students in high school and college in civic activities by cultivating their awareness about social issues that impact Asian Americans. KAOG partners with a number of different nonprofit and local businesses to create learning opportunities for these students, including leadership team building, Capitol Hill visits, and civic projects. We work with students from both public and private high schools in the area to establish school charters or clubs, developing at least 20 “L.E.A.D.ers” each year and introduce them to working professionals, including elected government officials.
International Youth Leaders Assembly
As a part of the Youth Advocacy and L.E.A.D. program, students have the opportunity to participate in the annual International Youth Leaders Assembly where they can engage in communication and understanding of issues that impact young Asians globally.
YOUTH ADVOCACY AND L.E.A.D.
Bishop O’Connell HS, VA
Bloomington HS North, IN
Cypress Bay HS, FL
Chantilly HS, VA
Flint Hill School, VA
Lake Oswego HS, OR
McLean HS, VA
Millennium HS, AZ
Northfield Mount Hermon, MA
School of the Arts, CA
Paul D. Schreiber Senior HS, NY
Paul VI Catholic HS, VA
State College Area HS, PA