Back row : Khursid Ahmad, Harish Trivedi, Munsup Seoh, Mark Nakauchi, Inder Khera. Front : Charles Castro, Ronald Katsuyama, Tsing Yuan, Dong Moon.
Back row : Khursid Ahmad, Harish Trivedi, Munsup Seoh, Mark Nakauchi, Inder Khera. Front : Charles Castro, Ronald Katsuyama, Tsing Yuan, Dong Moon.

Our Story

Leaders from six Asian American organizations in the Dayton area met on June 6, 2002, to sign the Articles of Incorporation for the Asian American Council, Dayton, Ohio. The Charter sponsoring organizations are  :

  • Dayton Area Korean Association (DAKA)
  • Dayton  Association of Chinese Americans (DACA)
  • The India Foundation (now replaced by the India Club of Greater Dayton)
  • Japanese American Citizens League, Dayton chapter
  • Philippine-American Society of Greater Dayton
  •  Vietnamese Association of Greater Dayton

- Introduced the Post 9/11 Solidarity Resolution, endorsed by 27 organizations and adopted by 9 cities, counties and other municipal jurisdictions

- Presented a town hall, Call for a Healthy Community, in partnership with Forces Against Intolerance and Racism ( FAIR)

- Presented workshop on hate crimes and bias-related incidents, in partnership with the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium (NAPALC) and South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow ( SAALT)

- Annual dinners featuring nationally acclaimed speakers such as Helen Zia, Judy Yung, Evelyn Hu- DeHart , and Angela Oh

- Participated in Biennial Ohio AAPI Health Conferences sponsored by the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition, 2007 to present

- Presented the Asian Cultural Festival and Health Fair, 2006, 2008 and 2009

-Presented a Health Fair, in conjunction with the AWorldA'Fair , 2009 to present



Section I : Agency Description

1. The Asian American Council's mission

Incorporated in 2002 , the Asian American Council, Dayton , Ohio , works  to :

a) promote full participation in democratic processes

b) develop awareness and appreciation of the diversity of Asian American cultures and the roles of Asian Americans in American history

c) improve Asian American's well-being and quality of life through advocacy, education and access to quality services.

Our current member organizations include the following :

  • Dayton Area Korean Association  (DAKA)
  • Dayton Association of Chinese Americans (DACA)
  • India Club of Greater Dayton
  • Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
  • Office of Latino, Asian, and Native American Affairs (LANA Center)
  • Philippine-American Society of Greater Dayton ( PASGD)
  • Sikh Society of Greater Dayton (SSGD)
  • Vietnamese Association of the Greater Dayton (VAGD)

While our mission is to improve the well-being and quality of life for Asian Americans, we also partner to educate the community at large regarding issues involving Asian American, including language/cultural barriers and access to services.

2.  The Asian American Council's mandate

The Asian American Council serves Asian American populations in the Greater Dayton area including the Montgomery and Greene Counties.

Our health outreach programs target those who are not currently receiving basic health services, including new immigrant families, the linguistically isolated and those without basic health insurance.

The need for proactive measures are increasingly urgent as Ohio's Asian immigrant populations have increased rapidly in the past decade  ( by 49.1% between 2000 and 2010 in comparison with a corresponding 9.7% increase among the non-Asian population). Further, most Asian immigrants are from countries wherein certain infectious diseases ( such as Hepatitis B and tuberculosis) are highly prevalent and the risk for chronic diseases ( such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease) grows at an alarming rate.

In our health outreach efforts, we seek to establish partnerships with our local Public Health and health care providers in developing long-term, self-sustaining initiatives to improve the health status among Asians and other minority groups, to increase access to health programs and services and to decrease health disparities.

3. Previous Experience in Providing Services to Minority Populations

The Ohio Asian American Council has sponsored health programs that involve community outreach, including Health Education Workshops and Community Conversations, which engage Asian Americans on topics such as  :

  • Strengthening Asian American Communities through Advocacy
  • Health & Social Disparities in Asian American Communities
  • Diabetes Prevention and Control
  • Heart Risk Reduction  through Healthy Eating and Exercise

The Asian American Council has also presented the Health Fairs at the Asian Cultural Festival ( 2008. 2009)  and at the AWorldA'Fair for the past nine years ( 2009 to present).

The  Asian American Council is one of the sponsoring organizations of the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition whose focus is reducing health disparities among Ohio's Asian communities. Emphasis is primary prevention of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, tuberculosis and certain forms of cancer ( including cervical and lung cancers ), as all of these diseases are becoming more prevalent in Asian populations or are already present at higher rates than in other groups. We also work to provide Hepatitis B screenings and educational materials aimed at eliminating health disparities in the Greater Dayton area.

A Bone Marrow Donor "Be the Match" Drive

A Bone Marrow Donor "Be the Match" Drive will be featured at the Asian American Council's Health Fair and Fitness Expo.

Volunteers will briefly explain the procedures in joining the "Be the Match" donor registry that can save the life of a blood cancer patient. Then, they will guide donors in completing the application form and obtaining a swab of gum (or cheek) cells.


(1) Volunteer at the Bone Marrow Donor Drive
(2) Volunteer at the Health Fair and Fitness Expo
(3) Learn About the Bone Marrow Donor Registry