Beyond providing health services, CAHEP changes lives
Colorado Alliance for Health Equity and Practice is a non-profit organization committed to reducing health disparities in the refugee and immigrant populations in Colorado by providing an inclusive framework of community organizations sharing good practices in health care. CAHEP also performs health screenings at ethnic community centers around Denver.
The primary care clinic is a family practice physician’s office, with full service adult, pediatric, gynecological and mental health services. CAHEP has helped change the lives of its patients, many of which do not have anywhere else to go for medical services.
The clinic utilizes a network of interpreters and navigators who speak over 30 languages: Karen, Karenni (Kyah), Burmese, Chin, Kashin, Mon, Kinyarwanda, Nepali/Bhutanese, Hindi, Urdu, Tigrgna (Eritrean), Amharic (Ethiopian), Hakha, Farsi, Oromo, Rohinga, Pashto, Arabic (Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Morocco, etc.), Suda, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Russian, Ukranian, Thai, French (Congo, West Africa), Lingala, Tagalog, Swahili (Kenya, Uganda), Kirundi (Burundi), Khmer (Cambodian), Hmong, Lao, Armenian. These are the ethnicities, nationalities, and languages that account for more than 90% of CAHEP’s patients.
Although CAHEP primarily serves new and established immigrants to Denver, patients do not have to be a minority or underserved to utilize services at CAHEP. In fact, patients with private insurance plans help subsidize care for the underserved. This is an innovative socially conscious healthcare choice. Additionally, many find CAHEP’s international clientele an enjoyable alternative, and an exposure to a unique side of Denver.
The medical director at CAHEP, Dr. Jamaluddin Moloo was born in Bangladesh and received his M.D. from Baylor University. CAHEP’s Executive Director, Dr. Alok Sarwal is an Indian-American and a 2011 Asian American Hero of Colorado.