SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — The new Vietnamese American Service Center (VASC) in Santa Clara County officially opened for business on Monday.
Starting Monday, patient navigators and dietitians will be ready to welcome the first Vietnamese and Spanish-speaking customers.
Services available will include: behavioral health support and navigation, Valley Health Center patient navigation, health coverage enrollment assistance, emergency rental assistance, support programs COVID-19 and a nutritional breakfast program for seniors.
“We are thrilled that this center is now open to our community,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith.
“The VASC is the culmination of years of work to bring more accessible resources to underserved residents of Santa Clara County. It will be a place where members of our community can obtain services in their preferred language, in an environment built specifically for their needs.
County-led studies have revealed significant health disparities and barriers to health and social services among members of Vietnamese and Latino communities.
For nearly a decade, the county has been working to establish the resource center and will now offer a wide range of culturally-based services in Vietnamese and Spanish.
“We’ve waited a long time to open these doors,” said VASC manager Betty Duong.
“This whole project is the realization of the hard work of countless people over many years of planning,” Duong added.
“We hope that community members who enter this space will feel seen and valued, and that VASC is truly a center for them.”
Additional services will be added after full opening in February 2022 – when the resource package will eventually include primary care, dental care, social services, on-site child supervision and several community programs to promote wellness .
The VASC will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the Seniors Nutrition Meal Program offered weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The staff on site will be able to help you in at least the following languages: English, Vietnamese and Spanish.
To register for the dinner program, call 408-946-8777.