CHAA Community Health for Asian Americans uses Conscientization


By Patricia Rojas Zambrano  (partial painting) 

Join CHAA (Community Health for Asian Americans) staff and clients on a journey through the arts to transform hegemonic bodies into critical bodies through conscientization, a term used by Freire to describe the process of raising awareness of the body and the larger forces that surround it, revealing structures that impact it and reinterpreting it by grounding it in personal and communal experience. Through an expressive arts experience, contemplate your body and the things in the world around you. After sharing your personal process and witnessing others experiences engage in conversation and in the creation of a group poster.

CHAA is a non-profit based in the San Francisco Bay Area, established in 1996, that serves historically underserved Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander communities. CHAA offers a continuum of services that include behavioral health, wellness and prevention programs, youth development and family support. As a community-based organization, CHAA believes health and wellness are vital to community development and social justice. CHAA employs community- based participatory research and popular education to honor and nurture authentic leadership, promoting community, family and consumer wellness, voice and choice.

CHAA staff members are from the communities they serve, and bring their cultural and language skills, knowledge and commitment to this important work. CHAA’s multidisciplinary team of over 50 includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, support counselors, wraparound teams, prevention specialists, youth development specialists, public health professionals, outreach specialists and a cultural anthropologist. CHAA staff speaks 21 Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects, including: Bangla, Burmese, Cantonese, Hindi, Hokkien, Japanese, Kapampangan, Khmer (Cambodian), Khmu, Lao, Malay, Mandarin, Mien, Mongolian, Nepali, Rakhaing, Tagalog, Thai, Tibetan, Tongan, and Vietnamese, as well as Spanish.


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