PASSi receives Federal Grant as Navigators to Assist Asian Americans with Health Insurance Education and Enrollment

Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) is excited to announce that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $255,000 Navigator grant to PASSi to assist English-limited Asian Americans navigate their health care coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace. PASSi was one of six awardees selected from the entire state of Pennsylvania.

The Affordable Care Act provides increased access to affordable health insurance plans for the uninsured through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. However, many Asian Americans with limited-English proficiency struggle with the selection and enrollment processes because almost all resources are only available in English.

According to the 2010 Census, the Philadelphia region has 106,720 Asian Americans, 47% of whom have limited English proficiency. There is an urgent need for culturally and linguistically appropriate information and service delivery. Currently, 21% of Asian Americans in Philadelphia are uninsured, creating various health disparities from a lack of primary and preventative healthcare.

PASSi will utilize six bilingual Navigators to assist individuals and families of the Korean, Cambodian, Chinese, South Asian, Vietnamese, and Bhutanese communities in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware counties. PASSi’s Navigators will translate, distribute, and publish language-appropriate and culturally relevant information on health insurance selection and coverage from the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in several Asian languages. Navigators will provide community education, as well as individualized assistance in understanding the available health insurance options, determining eligibility, and assisting with enrollment.

The project includes partnerships with the Greater Philadelphia Overseas Chinese Association, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, and The Bhutanese American Organization-Philadelphia. As a result of the Navigator project, PASSi will create a healthier and happier community by decreasing the number of uninsured Asian Americans in the Philadelphia region.

Established in 2005, PASSi is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides home health care, adult day care, educational, and social support services to Asian Americans in Southeastern, Pennsylvania. With a mission to promote the wellbeing of Asian American seniors and other adults who are disadvantaged by their language and cultural barriers, PASSi served 502 homecare clients in 10 Asian languages in 2013 and trained 552 health aides and 255 certified nurse aides since 2006. 

For additional information, please contact Fallon Every at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215-572-1234. 

Vanguard Day of Caring at PASSi

On Saturday, September 6th, PASSi was host to local representatives from The Vanguard Group, Inc. who volunteered for a United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Day of Caring. Seven Vanguard representatives headed by team lead Louis Esposito together with a few PASSi staff members worked to complete a yard cleanup of PASSi’s east side of the building that has been largely untouched for many years prior to PASSi purchasing this building. The volunteers all worked tirelessly for four hours and did a great job to revitalize that portion on the property.

PASSi would like to send our thanks and gratitude to The Vanguard Group, Inc. and its volunteers for doing such a great job!

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Penn Asian Jubilee Center celebrates Chuseok

The Penn Asian Jubilee Center had a Chuseok celebration (also known as the Harvest Moon Festival or Korean Thanksgiving) on Monday, September 8th.  To start our celebration, Mr. TaeSoo Shon gave a brief demonstration on stretching techniques. From there, the seniors were treated to lovely musical selections on the Ocarina. We also invited a Korean folk music/dance team from the Korean Traditional Music Institute to entertain the seniors in our adult day care program. Mr. SaeYoung Jung played the Janggo while Millyang Arirang, YoungSoon Lee, HaeRan Shim, & JongHyn Kim lead the group in a variety of traditional Korean songs and dances. Singing along with old Korean folk songs exhilarated many of our clients to join in dancing together, including our executive director, Im Ja Choi. After the entertainment, clients dined on traditional Chuseok treats such as songpyeons and japchae along with their lunch. 

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Penn Asian Jubilee Center hosted the play "Heaven Flowers"

The Penn Asian Jubilee Center hosted the play "Heaven Flowers" on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 and Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Heaven Flowers tells the story of two Korean seniors who meet and fall in love and even through a life changing event, the play shows that it is never too late to love.

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Curtis SummerFest Concert

On July 31st, the Penn Asian Jubilee Center received a baby grand piano from an anonymous donor. It is a Straub baby grand piano from the 1940s or 1950s.We are very appreciative of this generous donation. We recently had the piano tuned so that it can be fully enjoyed by our adult day care clients during the Curtis SummerFest Concert.

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The Huffington Post Recgonizes Im Ja Choi


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The Huffington Post has recgonized Im Ja Choi for her outstanding work in the Asian American senior community. The article describes the trials and tribuations she endured while taking care of her mother who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2002, and the success that she has gained through building PASSi to be the organization it is today. To read the article please click the following link:

Penn Asian Jubilee Center Open House Reception

 On Friday, June 27th, people from Philadelphia and its surrounding regions came out to support PASSi to celebrate the opening of The Penn Asian Jubilee Center. The event included a tour of the Jubilee Center, musical entertainment, and speeches by special guests.



PASSi Was Featured By New York Times

Used on FlyerPASSi has been featured by the New York Times about the organization's significant work with aging Asian American seniors with limited-English proficiency and cultural barriers. The article points out the rapidly growing need for better services and support system for this growing population. It also provided examples of two of PASSi's clients' families, describing the struggles in caring for their elderly parents.  PASSi's Founder/Executive Director Ms. Im Ja Choi was also covered as a leader in this field.

The article appeared on January 15, 2014, on page A11, titled "As Parents Age, Asian-Americans Struggle to Obey a Cultural Code".
To read the article, please link the following:


PASSi Home Health Care Services in Montgomery County (2)

Penn Asian Senior Services is excited to announce that it has been selected as a 2012-2015 Program Investment/Community Impact partner by the North Penn United Way.  This support will allow Penn Asian to reach Asian seniors, especially the Asian Indian and other South Asian communities, in the North Penn and Indian valley area.  To learn more about the North Penn United Way's Program Investments, click here.

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PASSi's Executive Director Named "Citizen of the Week"

PASSi's executive director Im Ja Choi was featured as "Citizen of the Week" in the Montgomery Media newspaper for her work in establishing a home health care agency to better serve ailing Asian-American seniors with language and cultural barriers. Read more about the story here.

Im Ja Choi Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Ellis IslandPASSi's Executive Director, Im Ja Choi, received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) on Saturday, May 11th, 2013, along with 97 other outstanding Americans at a ceremony on historic Ellis Island.  Ms. Choi was selected to receive a medal for her work as founder and Executive Director of Penn Asian Senior Services, a nonprofit home care agency that serves Asian seniors and disabled adults in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Collaboration between PASSi and the Korean Senior Association of Greater Philadelphia

Check out the recently published article in Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal about PASSi's collaboration with the Korean Senior Association of Greater Philadelphia!  The article can be accessed here.

PASSi is Featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer!

PASSi was recently featured on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer!  Check out the story here.

Aide Ly Bui of Penn Asian Senior Services cares for Bach Do in Philly from other Asian nations as well as clients born in the United States.Home Health Aide, Ly Bui, and PASSi client, Bach Do, were featured in the Inquirer article.

PASSi Expands Home Health Care Services to Asian Indian Community

PASSi is excited to announce that it has expanded its home health care servces to the Asian Indian Community.  PASSi now has an Asian Indian Community Coordinator and home health aides fluent in Hindi and Gujarati to better serve the Asian Indian community.  Please contact the office to learn more about this service option. 

Alzheimer's Project

PASSi is excited to announce that it is offering expanded services for family, caregivers and Asians with Alzheimer's. With funding from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, PASSi will offer community outreach and education on Alzheimer's disease, case management services, caregiver support groups, and other resources for Asian families impacted by Alzheimer's.  PASSi will partner with the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter and the Dementia Care Foundation for this project.  Stay tuned for more information! 

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Latest News

PASSi is Hiring!

Penn Asian Senior Services is currently accepting applications for the following three positions for the Navigator program: Program Director, Korean Navigator, Vietnamese Navigator.

Please see our "Employment Opportunites" page under the Careers tab for more information on these positions.


Book Donations

The Penn Asian Jubilee Center would like to create a small library for our adult day care clients! In order to do this, we will need any and all book and magazine donations in any Asian languages such as Korean, Cambodian, Chinese, etc. We are also accepting a few donations of books and magazines in English as well. PASSi is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization so any donations will be tax deductible. If you have any questions about donating books or magazines, please call Sharon Hartz at (215) 572-1234 ext. 14 or for any tax donation related questions, please call Fallon Every at ext. 12. To donate please send to:

Penn Asian Senior Services
6926 Old York Road     Philadelphia, PA 19126


HHA Class Information

PASSi is now accepting applications for our Home Health Aide classes. The classes will be taught in various languages including English, Korean, Chinese, Khmer/Cambodian, and Gujarati.  This two-week program offers 80 hours of instruction. Please call 215-572-1234 for more information. 


Nurse Aide Class Information 

Competitive Tuition Rates

Seven Week Program

(120 hours of training)
Classes held in English
Classes are Evenings:  

5:00pm – 9:30pm
Weekend Clinical:  

7:30am – 2:30pm

The next NA class will be held in October 2014. Enrollment is currently open for this class. Sign up today!

For more information or to make an appointment call Jenny Bedin at 215-572-1234 ext. 10.


Korean, Chinese, Cambodian and Vietnamese Home Healthcare Aide Needed!

Penn Asian Senior Services is currently hiring Home Health Aides.

  • Qualifications: HHA certificate preferred. Training will be provided to applicants who do not have prior HHA experience
  • Qualified applicants can start work immediately.

 We offer fringe benefits, including paid vacation, health insurance, 401K retirement plan, as well as comparable salary based on experience and capability.

Call 215-572-1234 for more information.


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