Working With Community-Based Organizations to Advance AAPI Initiatives

May 08, 2024

Deepening Our Commitment and Engagement

At Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH), we are committed to providing our patients with compassionate, culturally competent health care that truly meets their needs. To help advance that aim, we have partnered with the following organizations to best serve our Asian community:

EACH (Enhance Asian Community on Health)    

EACH is dedicated to elevating the health and well-being of families and individuals within the Asian community and beyond. A grantee of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton, EACH is committed to delivering unparalleled access to essential information on health care options and social services, empowering every individual we serve with knowledge and quality. EACH conducts both Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings, focusing on the unique mental health challenges faced by young people in the Asian community. By considering both typical adolescent development and cultural factors, they provide a comprehensive five-step action plan to offer support in crisis and non-crisis situations.

QARI (Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.)

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc’s (QARI) mission is to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of immigrants and their families in order to benefit their communities. Through collaborations and partnerships, they provide culturally competent services, such as workforce development, adult education programs, youth development, and cultural events as well as information and referrals to public or other community organizations.        

BID Milton has been a longtime supporter of QARI’s programs, cultural events and ongoing commitment to supporting immigrant communities across the South Shore. In 2021, BID Milton helped to support the launch of QARI’s “Living Out Loud” behavioral health program for middle and high school students, offered in partnership with Walker Therapeutic & Educational Programs and the Quincy Public Schools. The LOL groups provide youth with an opportunity to stay active and engaged throughout the school year and build problem-solving, team-building and self-care skills.

Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) supported the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center with a grant through its Community Health Initiative. The Golden Age Center’s mission is to promote the general welfare of Asian elders. It is committed to advocating on behalf of Chinese-speaking Asian seniors and enable them to access its comprehensive network of culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate programs and services in order to enhance their quality of life.      

The center offers an “Elevating the Healthy Ideas” program that increases mental health awareness and reduces stigma among the Chinese community, provides individual counseling sessions for Chinese-speaking adults and facilitates support groups to foster ongoing peer assistance and mental wellness.


Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (LHMC) collaborates with Saheli to support, grow and strengthen community-based outreach, engagement and education targeted to the unique needs of the South Asian and Arab immigrant communities.

The project assists participants through a two-pronged approach, which includes a culturally competent Community Health Worker (CHW), who is also trained as a DV advocate and who will improve access to health and safety services to South Asian and Arab communities. CHW will assess client’s needs, link households to supports, and enhance access to culturally competent care providing trauma informed and survivor-centered services tailored to the goals and needs of the survivor.

South Cove Community Health Center

A Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH)-affiliated Community Health Center, South Cove was founded in 1972 in Boston’s Chinatown as the premier health organization providing primary care to the Asian Communities in the Greater Boston Area. Serving over 35,000 patients at two locations in Boston, two in Quincy and one in Malden, SCCHC’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of all medically underserved people in Massachusetts, with a special focus on non-English speaking Asian Americans. South Cove provides a full range of health-related services including adult medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, behavioral health, optometry and dentistry, as well as social service support.

The second part of the approach is to provide education and engagement with medical and mental health providers, housing providers and community leaders to raise public awareness about SA and Arab immigrant survivors' challenges and improve social acculturation and health access for these households.

By providing high-quality, community-based health care and health promotion programs that are accessible and linguistically and culturally-competent, South Cove has become the largest Asian primary care provider in Massachusetts.

BILH has a deep appreciation for community health centers, as they are a valuable member of the BILH family in the delivery of care that truly responds to community needs.