AHSC’s Pandemic Response
In March 2020, when COVID-19 began to spread in the Portland Metro Region, AHSC quickly shifted services to meet the needs of our community. While the pandemic has disrupted everyone’s lives, the population of older adults who rely on AHSC’s language and culturally specific services are especially vulnerable.
With generous emergency funding, AHSC responded rapidly to meet the needs of our Asian community by deploying COVID-19 Asian Response Teams (CARTs). Comprised of multilingual Community Health Workers, CARTs provide vital outreach to isolated community members using phone and video technology. Since the start of the pandemic, AHSC’s CARTs have helped thousands of people access vital information, emotional support, Asian grocery food bags, and help with other basic needs.
AHSC is also working to help the region’s Asian population equitably access COVID-19 vaccinations.
Financial support for AHSC’s COVID-19 Response was generously provided by:
Meyer Memorial Trust
Murdock Charitable Trust
The Collins Foundation
“During the pandemic, AHSC has provided essential connection and support to reach isolated Asian community members—most of them older adults. This outreach has helped thousands of people access resources, information and mental health support in their own language.”
— Holden Leung
Chief Executive Officer