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Chinese Health Initiative


Chinese Health Initiative (CHI)

以中文閱讀, 請按此處

We care about the emotional and physical health of all Chinese individuals, families, and children living in San Mateo County. When people work together, they can make a big difference to improve the overall health of our community. The Chinese Health Initiative was created in 2007 as a way to join people together who are interested in working to improve the health and well being of our Chinese community.

The vision of the Chinese Health Initiative is to:

  1. Help people learn about different health issues and services that are available, empowering them to make decisions about their health and the health of their loved ones.
  2. Advocate for services to be in the appropriate language and culturally appropriate, encouraging more people to seek services within their community, which can also help prevent disease before it happens.
  3. Work together with the community to increase outreach and referrals.

And it can be even more successful with your help. For more information, see the Chinese Health Initiative Brochure or follow us on our Facebook page.

Help make a difference. Join the Chinese Health Initiative.

We encourage anyone interested in improving the health and well being of the Chinese community to participate. Whether you’re a County employee, contractor, community-based organization, consumer/client, family member, or someone who lives or works in the community, join us and help make a difference. See below for information about monthly meetings.

Chinese Health Initiative is funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63).


Upcoming CHI Events

Saturday, October 14 – Health Care Rights and Immigration Forum for the Chinese Community

Learn more about your health care rights and how potential changes in immigration laws may impact you and your family. See the event flier for more information


CHI Resources

Free youth hotline for youth, parents, educators, coaches with emotional, behavioral or developmental concerns – Chinese speaking assistance available.

Chinese Community Health Worker

Chinese Family Support Group BHRS / 華裔家庭支持/互助小組

General information

Chinese Family Support Group

The Chinese Health Initiative also facilitates a monthly Chinese Family Support Group held in Cantonese and Mandarin on the last Friday of every month 3:00-4:30pm. If you have a family member who is dealing with mental health issues, attend the next meeting. For more information, view the  or call Alice Tong at (650) 573-3686 or Maureen Lin at (650) 261-3721 ext. 239.



General information

Chinese Community Health Worker for Community Members

Chinese Residents

The new Chinese Community Health Worker (華人健康 社工), is a bi-lingual (Chinese and English) behavioral health worker who is from the Chinese community. If you have questions or concerns about emotional/mental health or well being, alcohol or substance use issues, or excessive gambling for you or a family member, contact Shiyu Zhang. She can assist help inform and educate you about services and help connect you to services you may need to maintain health and wellness in your life.

General information

Digital Stories

A group of Chinese-International and Chinese-American students from College of San Mateo share their experiences around culture, family and social pressures (May 2014).

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