||In recognition of its dedication and hard work, ACHI was awarded:
1. A Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Governor’s Citation
2. An Official Citation from the Massachusetts State Senate
3. A Certificate of Appreciation from Health Care For All and Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
to World Health Organization reports, nearly half of
deaths due to infectious diseases globally, occur in the Sub-
Saharan Africa. Particularly, of all the people infected globally
by various diseases, 89%
of those infected by malaria, 77% of HIV/AIDS patients and 31% of Tuberculosis patients, in
Sub-Saharan Africa die of these diseases.
There is a large population of Sub-Saharan Africans domiciled
here in Massachusetts. The African Community Health Initiatives
(ACHI) has stepped up to help, not only to provide appropriate
education, but has increasingly become a conduit through which
people of African descent are sought after, screened for health
insurance, health/social service needs, and assisted with
application/referral to appropriate health/social service
ACHI also assists in the enrollment of clients in the Massachusetts
state health insurance plans, namely, MassHealth and Commonwealth
We are pleased to note that ACHI’s resources are channeled
towards HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other
tropical diseases’ education, in an effort to combat
these diseases among some of
the so-called “at risk groups” of African immigrants
ACHI has developed co-operative linkages with health care
providers and the various African community groups in Massachusetts.
This approach enables us to reach out to the “silent
partners” with health
issues, and facilitate access to health and health related
the current ACHI
Newsletter - Summer 2011
ACHI Newsletter - Summer 2010
ACHI Newsletter - Spring 2010
ACHI Newsletter - Spring 2009
ACHI Newsletter - Winter 2008
ACHI Newsletter - September 2008
- June 2008
is a 501 c 3 organization (non-profit) that was founded in
2000 to improve the health of the African community in Massachusetts.
vision is to build a healthy Sub-Saharan Community with access
to all Health and Social services.
African Community Health Initiative’s mission is to
support and improve the health* of Sub-Saharan Africans living
in Massachusetts by promoting access to quality, culturally
competent health and social services through education, research
and community partnerships.
goals of ACHI are to:
1. Improve access to and utilization of health
and health-related services for people from
2. Work with healthcare and social service
providers to promote and improve cultural competence.
3. Promote research by ACHI and other research
organizations aimed at identifying the health issues affecting
the Sub-Saharan African community.
4. Identify and mobilize resources to achieve
the goals of ACHI.
Medinus, PhD Chairperson,
Wilner Borgella, Esq. Treasurer
Fatuma Ndagire, MA Secretary
Abiodun Sobowale, MA
Getachew Habteh-Yimer, MA
Teye Adusu, DVM
Tony Amoah, MA,
Rev. Louis A. LaGatta, MA
is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Foundation & The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Office of Medicaid.
“The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation is proud to
have been one of the first organizations to support African Community
Health Initiatives. In just a few short years, their efforts have had a
large impact on how African immigrants in Massachusetts access
health care. They have also helped many local hospitals and health centers
better respond to the needs of this important community.”
-Phillip O. González, Director of Grantmaking for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
VIDEO: Outreach and Enrollment (4 minutes 9 seconds)
Space provided by:
Whittier Street Health Center
Qualifies for ACHI’s Help?
person of African origin who lives in Massachusetts
member is anyone who is interested in promoting ACHI’s
mission and registers and participates in scheduled ACHI meetings,
events and activities.
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P.O Box 120094, Boston, MA 02112