Vietnamese Americans constitute the sixth largest Asian American population in the US, and cancer is the leading cause of death in the community. To address this, a group of cancer survivors and local physicians founded the Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation (VACF) in 1998.
In 2002, VACF was granted a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status to provide culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate service, support, and education to the Vietnamese American community in Southern County with a focus on its low-income, underserved population. VACF’s aim to address the social and financial barriers in health care that hinder Vietnamese Americans from accessing quality cancer screening, care and treatment.
VACF serves as a central location for cancer information and patient support services for the community. The organization is powered by a dedicated team of trained staff and wonderful volunteers from cancer survivors to board members to interns. VACF’s partners included nonprofit organizations, community clinics, private physician practices, and hospitals. All services provided by VACF are comprehensive and free to everyone in need without discrimination.
The Vietnamese community is one of the fastest growing communities in United States. Similar to any other ethnic groups, Vietnamese community has a need for linguistically and culturally appropriate information related to cancer to address specific and unique needs of the community. Additionally, Vietnamese cancer patients and their family need psychosocial supports that could address their unique culture and beliefs.