What is the community CARES model?

Our communities must be engaged in a process for understanding our health problems. Our problems require that people make healthy choices and live healthy lives.  They need to know when to seek health care and how commit to a treatment plan when treatment is necessary. This means that we need to know how to deconstruct our problems, evaluate our risks and set priorities for resolving them.  We have developed the Community CARES Model for understanding and solving problems in five domains:  

  • Communications
  • Access
  • Resources
  • Education
  • Strategies for Health

Southeast Asian Americans are no strangers to engaging in their own health care. In our home countries, health care providers were a primary source of care.  In refugee camps, we were trained how to deliver care and how to manage our health records.   In the United States, we often turn to one another for help with our traditional healing when the American health care system does not understand our problems.

We come to the health care system with complex problems, but we also come with solutions. We don’t want someone to take care of us.  We want a health care system that works with us, and for us.

To learn more about the CARES model, click here.

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