FAHSI To Host Community Forum

NEW YORK, NY – The Filipino American Human Services Inc. (FAHSI) will be holding a community forum on November 16, 2013 at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The event is co-sponsored by the Philippine Consulate General in New York.

The whole day event will feature a discussion of the findings of a Community Needs Assessment which it undertook through a grant it received from the Asian American Federation.  FAHSI said it will also launch its 20th anniversary celebration at this event.

FAHSI’s partners in their Community Needs Assessment project, which is directed by Dr. Josie Atienza, its former Executive Director, are the Kalusugan Coalition and the Filipino American National Historical Society. 

Filipinos in the Tri-State Area of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York account for the third largest concentration of Filipinos in the U.S., or 8 percent of the Filipino population. 

“To better serve the Filipino American community, we need to revisit its demographic and socioeconomic profile. We hope community leaders and interested individuals will also take advantage of the November forum to express their concerns,” said Zultan Bermudez, FAHSI’s Chairman of the Board.

Dr. Jean Raymundo Lobell, FAHSI Co-Founder and Board Member also said that “The community needs assessment will help FAHSI and the community rethink and refocus its social service programs and priorities. The underserved population in our community deserves the highest quality social service and we are hoping that FAHSI can contribute to that.”

Lobell, a Senior Managing Director at the NY-based CRE Consulting, chairs the Community Needs Assessment Advisory Committee.

Other members of the committee are Dr. Kevin Nadal, Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and President of the metro New York Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society, and Rhodora Ursua, former Project Director at the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health and Co-Founder of the Kalusugan Coalition.

FAHSI is a 501c3 non-profit social service organization whose mission is to bridge the service gaps for low-income, disadvantaged Filipinos with culturally and linguistically appropriate services, engaging youth, women and seniors in identifying the needs of their respective groups and leading program initiatives that address those needs.

Its current Board of Directors is composed of Zultan Bermudez, Chairman; Jennifer Celio, Secretary, and Brian Tan, Treasurer, Mia Fernandez Ayala, co-founders Dr. Jean Raymundo Lobell and Atty. Reuben Seguritan, and Laura Lopez, former Board Chairman.

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