KCCP Healthcare Committee
Minutes: February 21, 2009
Welcome from Peter Yi and Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee described how he had been isolated from the Korean community and how he was reintroduced to the community through being involved with the KCCP. He said how impressed he was with the hard work and dedication of the members of the KCCP.
Update of KCCP – Jaewan Kim, Executive Committee of KCCP
Jaewan Kim described some of the history of the KCCP, its goals, and plans for the future.
— KCCP community began in 2007. Since then it has accomplished a great deal.
— Jaewan Kim explained that he looks forward to accomplishing much in the future.
— Statement of mission and vision:
The mission of the KCPP is to improve the quality of Korean-American life; to preserve cultural heritage; to enhance self-reliance and concern for others; and to bring Koreans together in pursuit of happiness, harmony, and common cause.
— Plan for the building for the KCCP was shown.
— Strategic Roadmap and Milestones was show
The general strategy is to start small and take one step at a time.
Increased based and continued fundraising
A search for a building site began
Plans to purchase have begun
Plans to design and build have begun
Beyond 5 years:
Reach out – turn over to second generation
— At the present time:
There are 80 Founding Members.
$700,000 has been raised during 2 years of fundraising
with $280,331 in the KCCP’s account.
— Events held during 2008:
April 12, 2008 – Movie Night –200 people attended (including Koreans and non-Koreans)
May 3, 2008 – Discussion –Raising Korean-American Children and the Issues We Face
June 28, 2008 – Golf Event
September 14, 2008 – Chuseok Gala
October 11, 2008 – Fundraising Fashion Show
June 21, 2008 – Healthcare Committee
A variety of Women’s Club Activities during the year
— 2009 Key Objectives:
Recruit 80 Founding Members
Purchase KCCP site/building
Enhance fundraising programs
Develop service programs
Setup organization – KCCP/KCCF
Hire executive director
— Upcoming Events:
March 21, 2009 – Korean Movie Night
April 25, 2009 – Estate planning seminar (Fox Rothchild Law Firm)
May 30, 2009 – Annual Golf Tournament
September 2009 – Seminar on education
October 3, 2009 – Chuseok Gala
December 12, 2009 – Founder’s Dinner
— Photographs were shown of potential sites for the KCCP
— Founding Members – roles and responsibilities:
Active participation in KCCP events
Promote KCCP mission
Recruit 2 or more new founding members in 2009
In closing, Jaewan Kim described his listening to Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. He said that he would like to have that come true for the Korean community.
Website for KCCP Healthcare Committee
Jong-Soon Park spoke for Jaehyun Lee
A website (www.kccprinceton.com) has been set up for the KCCP. Jong-Soon Park described it as being the virtual house for the KCCP until we have a real house. Each committee has its own page.
There was a call for a nomination for someone to maintain the website. Su Y. Nam was nominated for the position.
It was explained that businesses can advertise on the website. In addition, there can be columns and discussions.
Everyone was encouraged to register and contribute to the website.
Women’s Club of KCCP Update – Alice Yi
Alice Yi said how much she enjoys chairing the Women’s Club because they have so much fun together.
March 12, 2009 – 2nd Annual Women’s Club Meeting
April 25, 2009 – Women’s Club Seminar – Estate Planning Seminar to be held at Fox & Rothchild
June, 2009 — big picnic for families
October 24th – 2nd Annual Fashion Show
Alice Yi expressed the hope that next year the Women’s Club would be part of the Princeton Community and participate in community service in the area in the future
Healthcare Committee Plans
Alan Axelrod and Robin Alexander from Princeton Health Care Systems attended the meeting.
They began the discussion by talking about past events, such as the large health fair connected with the Harvest Festival and services which have been offered at different Korean Churches such as blood pressure test, glucose test, etc.
Because past events have not been very successful, they expressed great interest in attempting to assess how they can better reach out to the Korean community.
For the future:
Need to determine what the best venue to get better attendance is.
Need to develop grassroots movement
Both Alan Axelrod and Robin Alexander expressed interest in being part of the Healthcare Committee. They are particularly interested in exploring what are the problems and needs of the Korean community. For example, they are interested in learning about and providing the soup that Korean women eat after giving birth.
Would like to find a source for contributions for flu vaccines – asked if that is something the KCCP would provide
Suggested pastors could make announcements about Health Fairs and smaller events.
Need ideas about what will “sell” – screenings for different kinds of cancers, vaccines, etc.
Alan Axelrod and Robin Alexander expressed interest in providing help both to the Healthcare Committee and to promote the KCCP.
A discussion followed Alan Axelrod’s and Robin Alexander’s presentation.
Questions were raised about how to publicize what the Princeton Health Care System would be doing.
Robin Alexander said that this could be done in conjunction with the Women’s Club. For example, there could be a program on healthy eating which could provide information along with a food tasting component. The event could focus on healthy eating and healthy food based around Korean food and cuisine. This could be done at the hospital. Alan Axelrod suggested that the Hamilton YMCA could be used and that the Speaker’s Bureau could be utilized to provide publicity. He pointed out that food events tend to get a good turnout.
There was a discussion about whether this sort of event should replace the annual flu event.
The issue of finances was raised and a concern about finances was expressed. Must decide how to prioritized activities.
Alan Axelrod said that the Princeton Health Care System can underwrite some of the cost. He suggested that it is a good idea to have something fun as the first event.
It was pointed out that many of the Korean churches have a flu clinic so that they might not be interested in a flu clinic given by the KCCP. But many expressed interest in having a broader health fair in which there not only would be flu shots available but also screening for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. If this event is held, it would have to be done in the fall. The KCCP could provide money for the flu shots so that it could be provided as a service.
At the end of the discussion, there was a consensus for having a flu shot day along with a health fair in November which will include screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glaucoma, h-pylori. In addition, it was suggested that a gastroenterologist could talk about stomach cancer. There was interest in having some presentations made in Korean.
Alice Yi suggested that the Women’s Club could substitute one cooking club with a healthy eating cooking demonstration and food tasting.
It was noted that the KCCP will have to find a space for the flu clinic/health fair. Because there is a problem with parking at the hospital, another place probably would be better. ETS has been very supportive of the KCCP, so that is a possibility.
Publicity could be done through churches and Korean food stores.
Alan Axelrod said that it would be good to have a healthcare newsletter. Each one could revolve around a specific issue and then there could be an event that followed that is related to that issue.
Next meeting: September 26th at Cliff and Lesley Lee’s house (73 West Shore Drive, Pennington, NJ).