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July 12, 2011 > Vietnamese health assessment

Vietnamese health assessment

Survey to assess health status of Santa Clara County's Vietnamese community

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Laurel Anderson

Supervisor Dave Cortese's office and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department are conducting a health assessment of the county's Vietnamese community between June and September 2011. Surveys will be in English and Vietnamese by phone and in person at events sponsored by Vietnamese community organizations.

The assessment will look at several health topics, including access to healthcare and use, linguistically appropriate health care, communicable and infectious diseases, chronic health conditions and diseases, health risk behaviors, mental health issues, substance use, intimate partner violence, and birth and death rates.

"The health assessment will provide useful information to improve services and allocate resources around specific health needs. It will also help identify and address health disparities in the Vietnamese community relative to other racial and ethnic groups in the county, said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County Health Officer. The assessment will also provide opportunities for the Vietnamese community to understand health issues facing their population and to advocate for necessary services and resources.

"We encourage community-based organizations and individuals to spread the word about the Vietnamese Assessment and its importance. Your participation is important to identify the health status and health needs of the Vietnamese community in our county," said Supervisor Dave Cortese.

The Vietnamese Health Assessment is sponsored through the following coalition of partners: International Children's Assistance Network (ICAN), Asian Americans for Community Involvement (ACCI), Asian American Center of Santa Clara County (AASC), Asian American Women's Alliance (AAWA), Community Health Partnership (CHP), Viet Second Chance Family Center (VSCF), Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation, Inc. (VIVO), Vietnamese Research for Health Coalition (VRHC), SONG MANH, and the Vietnamese Physician Association.

If members of the Vietnamese community have questions about the survey or need to verify its legitimacy, call the Public Health Department at (408) 792-1396 or visit the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website at

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