Community Professionals

We wish to thank the following community professionals for their participation in AAPIHRG:

Shoshana Arai, RN, PhD
Sue Chan, MD, MPH
Charlotte Chang, DPH
Art Chen, MD
Steven Chen, MD, MPH
Lillian Chiang, PhD
Ricky Choi, MD, MPH, FAAP
Loan Dao, PhD
Harvey Dong, PhD
Wally Hagaman
Wendy Ho, MPA
Floyd Huen, MD, MBA
Nkauj Iab Yang, B.A.
Jidan Koon, MPP/URP
Pam Tau Lee, PHN
Kenny Mok, MD, MPH
Thoa Nguyen
Unity Nguyen, MD
Marian Okamura, LCSW
Thu Quach, PhD
Kelvin Quan, JD, MPH
Elizabeth Sy
Pysay Phinith, MSW

Anne Tang, MD, FACP

Candice Wong, MD, PhD
Marilyn Wong, MD, MPH
Sophy Wong, MD
Winston Wong, MD, MS
Ken Woo, MSW
Albert Yu, MD, MPH, MBA

 

Sue Chan, MD, MPH

Dr. Chan is an immigrant, born in China but educated in the United States. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree at Ohio State University Medical School, completing her pediatric training there and at the University of Chicago. Following her pediatric residency she received a Master of Public Health degree at University of California, Berkeley in Maternal and Child Health.

From 1974 to 2004, Dr. Chan was either the Medical Director or Associate Medical Director at Asian Health Services, a community health center serving the low-income, non-English speaking Asian population of the Oakland and the greater East Bay. Presently, as she has done since coming to Asian Health Services, Dr. Chan continues to care for children as well as many adults and seniors.

Publications include Chinese Diet and Pregnancy, Kroeber Anthropological Society Records; co-author of “Special Problems of Asians and Pacific Islanders,” Chapter 37, Clinical Preventive Medicine, Matzen and Lang, editors, Mosby, 1993; co-author, “SOS- Shame, Obligation, Survival: Asian Americans and Domestic Violence,” Chapter 7, Asian Americans: Vulnerable Populations, Model Interventions, and Clarifying Agendas,Lin Zhan, editor, Jones & Barlett, 2003.

Some recent awards include being named Woman Warrior by the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition in 2002 and a Local Hero by KQED during May 2003 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Charlotte Chang, DPH

Charlotte Chang has been a Post-Doctoral Scholar at LOHP since September 2010. She received her Doctor of Public Health degree from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and her MPH at the University of Michigan. She first began working with LOHP during her dissertation research where she led the evaluation of a community-based participatory research partnership focused on restaurant worker health and safety in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Charlotte currently works on two NIOSH projects at LOHP: a “research to practice” initiative in construction health and safety and a project looking at the potential for food inspectors to promote worker health and safety in restaurants. She also collaborates on the research and evaluation components of additional projects at LOHP. Charlotte’s interests are in immigrant and occupational health, participatory research, and research to practice.

Charlotte taught the MPH course, Theories of Health and Social Behavior at SPH in Fall 2010 and was a GSI for several Public Health classes as a student, including PH150E Introduction to Community Health and Human Development. Prior to LOHP, Charlotte conducted communications research for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and served on the board of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Research Project in Washington, D.C.

Art Chen, MD

Dr. Arthur Chen is currently a Senior Fellow working on improving health advocacy at Asian Health Services (a community health center) in Oakland, California, where he has practiced inpatient and outpatient medicine as a family physician since 1983 and also served as their Medical Director and Special Programs Director (1984-1996). From 2001-2009,he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of the Alameda Alliance for Health, a Local Initiative, Medi-Cal Managed Care non-profit public entity serving 100,000 low income residents of Alameda County. From 1996-2001 he was the Health Officer for Alameda County. Prior to that he served as an emergency room physician and the Associate Medical Director of the Institute of Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. He was also the Executive Director of the Chinatown Health Clinic in New York City.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors (Chairperson, 2006-2008) of The California Endowment, a health foundation focused on improving health status and access to care for California’s medically underserved population. He chaired (1998-2006) the Board of Directors of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national policy and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the health status of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. From 2001-2003 he was appointed to the Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists for the CA Dept of Consumer Affairs. Between 1997-2001 he served on the National Association of County and City Health Officials MAPP (Mobilization for Action through Planning and Partnerships) planning committee (formerly APEXCPH: Assessment and Planning Excellence through Community Partners for Health. From 1999-2001 and 2004 to present, he served as an Executive Council member of the Alameda Contra Costa County Medical Association. In 1999 he served on the CDC/ATSDR Task Force on Public Health Workforce Development. From 1997-2001 he served as a Board Member and later an Executive Committee member of the California Conference of Local Health Officers.

Dr. Chen was the recipient of the 2008 California Medical Association Foundation’s Robert D. Sparks, MD Leadership Award. He was selected as a fellow to the 1996-7 Public Health Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the University of California. During l989-l992 he was a member of the Kellogg National Fellowship Program. He has also served on advisory and planning committees to the Bureau of Primary Health Care of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Office of Minority Health, the National Institutes of Health and the American Lung Association. He has also testified before Congress and President Clinton’s Health Task Force.

Among his publications are: “Health is strength”: a research collaboration involving Korean Americans in Alameda County; “A behavioral risk factor survey on Korean Americans”; “Community-Sensitive Research”, “Information Management For the 90′s”; “Special Health Problems of Asians and Pacific Islanders,” “Behavioral Risk Factor Survey of Chinese in California,” “Cigarette Smoking Among Chinese, Vietnamese and Hispanics in California,” and “Conducting a Culturally-sensitive Health Survey in the Chinese Community.”

He completed his postgraduate training at the Residency Program in Social Medicine (Family Practice) at the Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. He received his B.S. and medical degrees from the University of California at Davis. He has been happily married for 32 years with a family dedicated to improving social equity and human rights in America. His wife serves as the President of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. His daughter is an attorney and serves as an advisor to the Whitehouse Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. His son works as a community organizer for The Utility Reform Network in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Chen has been a resident of Oakland, California since 1983.

Steven Chen, MD

Steven Chen, MD, is a Family Medicine doctor at Asian Health Services, a Community Health Center in Oakland Chinatown. His focus and areas of interest have been on health and social justice, integrative medicine, and the compassionate delivery of care. To this end, Dr. Chen cares for urban, immigrant, refugee, multi-ethnic, limited English proficiency, and low-income families. He continues to develop more fluency in Taiwanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish to better serve multicultural communities.

As a 2nd generation Taiwanese American, Dr. Chen grew up watching his immigrant parents and extended family struggle to navigate life in this new setting. Their experiences mirrored so many of his patient’s experiences: elders with no English trying to navigate the maze of health care, and parents and children divided by language and culture. All of this contributed to his desire and commitment to serve immigrant, refugee, and underserved communities.

Dr. Chen developed the Integrative Medicine program at Asian Health Services by creating an acupuncture and manual medicine clinic. In addition, he blends nutrition, body-mind based approaches, and motivational interviewing, into his primary care practice when caring for whole families from newborns to the elderly. He is committed to utilizing all possible tools, not only pharmaceuticals and imaging, to ensure health and wellness.

Dr. Steven Chen received his MD from Stanford University, completed his residency training in Family and Community Medicine at UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital, and was awarded a Bravewell Fellowship to complete a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Chen has pursued additional training in acupuncture through the UCLA-HMI Physicians’ Acupuncture program, and advanced training in Strain-Counterstrain (a form of manual medicine).

Lillian Chiang, PhD

Lillian Chiang, Ph.D. is a Psychologist at University of California,
Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services. She provides individual,
couples, and group counseling to students and is active in outreaching to
the Asian American Pacific Islander and Asian international student campus
communities. Lillian received her Masters and Doctorate in Counseling
Psychology from Columbia University. Her areas of interest include
anxiety, depression, cultural adjustment, bicultural and multicultural
identity development, well-being of immigrants and international students,
Asian Pacific American mental health, multicultural competence, and
addressing stigma attached to the utilization of mental health services.

Ricky Choi, MD, MPH, FAAP

Ricky Y. Choi, MD, MPH, FAAP is the Department Head of Pediatrics at Asian Health Services Community Health Center based in Oakland, CA. There he provides primary care for infants, children, and adolescents from families who speak any of ten different Asian languages. Dr. Choi is a passionate advocate for improving health care quality and access for low income and immigrant families for which he has been published and cited in both ethnic and mainstream media including the Korea Times, New America Media, World Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and as the AAP Governmental Affairs Representative of Northern California advocates for state legislation that improve the health of children. Dr. Choi serves on the Board of Directors for both the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) and the National Physicians Alliance (NPA) and is a past Board of Trustees member of the American Medical Students Association. In 2009, he was appointed to the California Council on Multicultural Health through which he advises the California Department of Public Health and Department of Health Care Services on policy and programs affecting the health of racial and ethnic minorities. His interests also include children’s rights and health in North Korea. Dr. Choi received his bachelor of arts degree with Department Special Honors from The University of Chicago, medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and masters degree in public health from Harvard University. He completed his internship and residency at the University of California, San Francisco Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) Program. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his talented wife and two spirited children.

Loan Dao, PhD

In 1975, Loan and her family came to the U.S. as refugees from the
American war in Vietnam. From an early age she was involved in creating social networks and locally-based organizations that provided sites of healing and support for Southeast Asian (SEA) communities. During college, Loan volunteered as the prisoner’s liaison for the ACLU in Central Texas, documenting prison conditions, answering letters from inmates and bringing potential cases to lawyers’ attention.

After college, Loan worked as the Director of Huong Viet Community Center in Oakland, where she recruited local college students to mentor high school youth and assist in the development of research and programs.

Loan recieved her PhD in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. Her dissertation research looks at social movements among Southeast Asian youth challenging the detention and deportation of SEAs in the U.S.

Between 2002-06 she used her academic expertise to help connect college, community, legal and policy organizations to form a multi-pronged response to the detention and deportation crisis affecting Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese refugee communities. She helped form the Southeast Asian Freedom Network, which was the first national network of organizations to specifically address post-9/11 detentions and deportation practices in the U.S., and she has assisted numerous SEA families facing deportation in her role as researcher, expert witness and legal advocate.

In addition to her advocacy and scholarship on detention and deportation issues, Loan has been active in providing disaster relief to the large Vietnamese population affected by hurricane Katrina. She co-founded “VietBAK” (Vietnamese Bay Area Katrina relief group) and she has made frequent trips to the Gulf Coast to help with rebuilding and relief efforts, provide translation, and advocate for more resources for Vietnamese communities along the Gulf Coast.

She recently completed co-producing a full-length documentary titled “A Village Called Versailles.” Versailles, a community in eastern New Orleans, was first settled by Vietnamese refugees and later ravaged by hurricane Katrina. The film recounts the empowering story of how people who have already suffered so much in their lifetime, turn a
devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better
future.

Harvey Dong, PhD

Harvey Dong teaches Ethnic Studies courses as a lecturer at UC Berkeley, bringing his perspective as an alumnus twice over. Initially he took part in the 1969 Third World Liberation Front, a student movement to establish Ethnic Studies. Once Ethnic Studies was established, Dong taught some of the department’s first community issues courses based on extensive fieldwork carried out in San Francisco Manilatown and Chinatown.

He was active in struggles to save the International Hotel in Manilatown and to protect Asian immigrant labor rights. He was one of the organizers for the Jung Sai garment factory strike involving 130 immigrant workers in San Francisco in 1974. He also led immigrant electronic workers in their strike for a fair wage and safe working condition.

In addition, Dong helped found the Asian Community Center in 1969 and Everybody’s Bookstore (1970) – the first Asian American bookstore in the United States. Twenty-five years after the initial strike for Ethnic Studies, Dong returned as a PhD student in 1994. Since earning his PhD, Dong has lectured part time at UC Berkeley, and has continued to co-manage the bookstore he bought in 1996, Eastwind Books in Berkeley. In 2009, Dong helped to release the seminal book Stand Up: An Archive Collection of the Bay Area Asian American Movement, 1968-1974.

In the Spring of 2008, he and Dr. Marilyn Wong formulated the idea for a course on AAPI community health. He remains as the course academic faculty adviser.

Wendy Ho, MPA

Wendy Ho, MPA, is the state policy analyst for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health policy organization dedicated to strengthening policies, programs, and research to improve the health and well-being of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Prior to working at APIAHF, Wendy served as a legislative fellow for Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15) where she managed the Congressman’s Homeland Security, language access, and Asian American and Pacific Islander issue portfolio.

Wendy also served as an Assistant Language Teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in southwestern Japan. Wendy holds a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from Indiana University and a double Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – International Relations and Japanese Studies from UC San Diego.

Floyd Huen, MD, MBA

Current: Associate Medical Director, Over Sixties Health Center, Lifelong Medical Care, Berkeley and Oakland, California

Internal Medicine and Geriatrics (since 1996)

Also Associate Medical Director, Medical Hill Skilled Nursing and Neurobehavioral Program, Oakland, California (since 1993)

Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Board of Trustees, Alameda County Medical Center, member since 2003

Education and Certification:

MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1974

Residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF East Bay, finished 1987

Board Certified in Internal Medicine since 1987

MBA, Univ of South Florida, 1994

Health Reform and Political Activities:

Founder, Vote Health of Alameda County, since 1985

Founder, Health Access of California, 1987

Founder, California Physicians Alliance and Board of Directors since 1987. Member, Physicians for a National Health Program

Recently was Field Director for successful mayoral campaign in Oakland California for wife of 40 years, Jean Quan.
Jidan Koon,  MPP/URP

Jidan Koon is a second generation Chinese American, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an artist, organizer, and community builder for the past 20 years, she brings a broad and diverse set of experiences and skills to her consulting practice.  She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Movement Strategy Center (MSC), and she engages in independent consulting projects alongside the fellowship.

Her fellowship currently focuses on “growing wings” beyond the non-profit industrial complex, integrating spirit into movement building, as well as MSC internal organizational development and training.  She received a BA in Political Science with a minor in Education from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Public Policy with a certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.  She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, Bryant Terry and their daughter.

Dr. Kenny Mok
Dr. Kenny Mok is a full time hospitalist who is board certified in Internal
Medicine and currently practices in San Francisco, which also happens to be his hometown. Dr. Mok completed his undergrad here at Berkeley in Molecular Biology before going off to medical school at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University, Chicago, and completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. Because of his curiosity and interests in the health care system in the local, national, and international scale, he went on to study Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and received a Masters of Public Health degree.
Dr. Mok’s practice focuses on patients admitted into the hospital and stresses the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in patient care by collaborating with and involving patient’s families, working in conjunction with other health care providers, nurses, social workers, and patient care coordinators to come up with the best treatment plan. Dr. Mok is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine through his participation in the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program.
He also teaches an undergraduate seminar in Public Health at Johns Hopkins every winter. And in his role as Chief of Utilization/Resource management at Kaiser, he hopes to optimize efficiency with the resources the hospital has for providing care without delay for all their patients.

Thoa Nguyen

Thoa Nguyen is currently the Project director of the Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project, university of California, San Francisco. Our team has had over 16 years of experience working with Vietnamese Americans in research projects on a diverse set of issues, including tobacco use, cancer screening, hepatitis B screening, cardiovascular diseases, and research participation using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Ms. Nguyen has over 30 years experience in the health field. Throughout out her career, Ms. Nguyen has promoted issues of access, service, and equity to health care for under-represented Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. She has founded and co-founded several community-based organizations. She serves as an advisory member, a steering committee member, and a board member for multiple non-profit organizations, State government foundation including: American Cancer Society, Asian Health Services, Asian Immigrant Women Advocate, Associate of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Asian Health Services, Huong Viet Community Center, National Asian American & Pacific Islander Cancer Survivors & Advocacy Network, American Cancer Society, Asian Cancer Coalition, Vanguard Foundation and State of California — Department of Health Services. Ms. Nguyen has received national and local awards for her work in the community. On April 30, 2000, Ms. Nguyen was selected to be “New Horizons” as one of the 25 Vietnamese Americans from 1975-2000 that has made significant contributions to the community.

Thu Quach, PhD

Dr. Thu Quach’s primary research interest has focused on immigrant populations to examine environmental, occupational and socio-cultural factors which may influence their health. She has a strong commitment to community-based participatory research (CBPR), and has worked with different advocacy, environmental and community-based organizations to leverage public health goals that promote the health and well-being of under-served populations. In her current capacity as a Research Scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, she leads several studies focusing on the booming nail salon workforce, comprised largely of Vietnamese immigrant women. Her studies include examining cancer incidence in salon workforce members, conducting exposure assessments within salons and developing intervention studies aimed at encouraging salon workers and owners to collectively reduce their workplace exposures to harmful chemicals. In addition, she is leading a CBPR project of community mapping of environmental hazards (e.g., traffic density, superfund sites and barriers to health care) in ethnic enclaves with a large density of Vietnamese Americans to examine whether these areas have disproportionate environmental hazards relative to other communities. The mapping of such environmental hazards and socio-cultural barriers to health can inform research efforts examining how contextual-level factors can influence cancer incidence and other health outcomes. In 2011, after years of community-research collaboration, she joined Asian Health Services as their part-time Research Department Director to establish a research arm within this community health center. Dr. Quach received her Masters in Public Health from UCLA and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Kelvin Quan, JD, MPH

Kelvin Quan is the Associate Dean for Business and Chief Administrative Officer at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Previously, he was a senior executive with the Public Health Institute, San Francisco Health Plan, Alameda Alliance for Health and Chinese Hospital. He served as a member of national advisory groups and expert panels for the U.S. Office of Minority Health, Region IX Health Equity Council, National Health Law Program, Resources for Cross Cultural Health Care, and the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Mr. Quan was the Board President of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health advocacy and policy organization, and he co-founded the Bay Area Asian Health Alliance, a health advocacy group; Self-Help HomeCare, a home health agency serving monolingual Chinese elderly; and the Asian Health Care Leaders Association.

Unity Nguyen, MD

Unity Nguyen is an ecologist, music performer and instructor (specializing in Vietnamese and African traditional music), acupuncturist, and obtained the MD/MS degrees in the Joint Medical Program between UCSF Medical School and UCB School of Public Health. (How do ecology, Chinese medicine, culture, music and Western medicine fit together?) Simple equation: healthy ecosystems + healthy communities = healthy individuals. Unity came with her family as war refugees from Viet Nam in 1975. She grew up organizing cultural programs and fundraising for the Vietnamese refugee community, and has continued this work throughout her life. She served on the board of directors for Huong Viet Community Center in Oakland for 10 years. She has expanded her work to other cultures and marginalized communities, creating programs combining ecology, music, and health for immigrant families, Latino laborers, Ghanaian rural farmers, Malian street children, Vietnamese orphans, US urban youth with learning disabilities, youth in SF Juvenile Hall, and other at-risk groups. Currently, Unity is researching Chinese medicine in the lives of Chinese diabetic patients at Asian Health Services. Her future visions include growing roots in a permaculture community, and running a mobile medical unit offering integrated Eastern and Western medicine, musical and cultural medicine, and lots of love medicine.

 

Pysay Phinith, MSW

Pysay Phinith is Assistant Project Director with API Connections at Asian Community Mental Health Services. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Welfare, with an emphasis in Community Mental Health from UC Berkeley.  She is the 2013 recipient of the Devata Giving Circle’s Courage and Leadership Award. She is now an Executive Council member of Devata Giving Circle, a non-profit organization working to advance the leadership and human rights of Cambodian women and girls. She specializes in working with the Cambodian Community.  Her experience includes working with chronically homeless individuals with severe mental health disabilities, child development, domestic violence, complex traumas, mood disorders and other co-occurring disorders.  Pysay’s passion for mental health stems from her experience as a Cambodian refugee and genocide survivor. Growing up, she saw her parents and other Cambodian families struggling with an array of health, mental health, and social justice issues. Today Pysay is an advocate for social justice and social change in community mental health, wellness and other social services.

Anne Tang, MD, FACP

Staff Internist
Chief, Bilingual Chinese Module
Chief, Pharmacy & Therapeutics
Chair, Pharmacy Education Committee, California Regions
San Francisco Kaiser Medical Center

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa
Medical School: UCSF, Dean’s Research Award
Residency: SF Kaiser Foundation Hospital
Board certified in Internal Medicine

Dr. Anne Tang has been providing culturally appropriate care at Kaiser since
1977, co-founder of the Bilingual Chinese Module in 1996 and Chief of
the Chinese Module since 1999. Her passion is to provide equitable, high
quality, integrated culturally appropriate care to the Chinese population
and to promote preventive health in the community. In 2009, the Chinese
Module received the National Kaiser Permanente David Lawrence
Community Service Award. During the same year, Dr. Tang was awarded
the Asian Heritage Achievement Award by the KP Asian Association for
community outreach. She will continue her efforts to provide equitable high
quality heath care to those with limited English proficiency.

Candice Wong, MD, PhD

Candice Wong is a physician (internal medicine) at Kaiser San Francisco, with a master in Public Health and a Ph.D. in epidemiology, An Associate Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Wong is a volunteer faculty in the UCSF-UCB Joint Medical Program. As Co-Chair of the JMP Public Health Working Group, her goal is to infuse public health perspectives into the Problem Based Learning medical education curriculum.

Her program of research has been community based and participatory in nature, bridging academic research in partnership with community providers, grass root organizations and health care consumers, and foundations. Her studies has furthered understandings of gender, cultural, socioeconomic and legal status as well as race-based differences in access to care and health outcomes while determining patient, provider and health-system factors that contribute to health disparity.

Dr. Wong has been the Principle Investigator on a number of community based research studies over the past 15 years, mostly in Asian immigrant communities in California. Examples include: a) Chinese Community Smoking Cessation Project (CCSCP). Funded by the National Institutes of Health, CCSP was the first culturally tailored smoking cessation and relapse prevention clinical trial for Chinese patients who smoke in San Francisco Bay Area. b) Appropriate Health Care for Hmong Americans and Quality of Hypertension Care among Asian Refugees. Funded by the California Endowment Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation and the Agency for Health Research and Quality, these innovative and ground-breaking projects addressed health care issues of culturally isolated Hmong communities in Central Valley. The project documented the effects of culture on use of traditional healers and modern health systems by Hmong Americans seeking treatment and managing their illnesses. c) The Chinese Wellness Guide. As the Editor-in-Chief and funded by the California Endowment Foundation, a 152-page bilingual resource guide was developed, for non-English speaking, low-income Chinese immigrant families in California. Meticulous attention was paid to developing culturally and linguistically appropriate resource materials in partnership with leaders in the Chinese community. The date, 100,000 guides has been successfully distributed in Chinese communities throughout California.

Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of her work, Dr. Wong is currently serving in a leadership position on 3 national programs that address AAPI health concerns: a) Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training (AANCART), funded by the National Cancer Institute; the project aims to build infrastructure to increase cancer awareness, research, and training among Asian Americans. b) American Heart Association, Western States Affiliates – Asian Pacific Islander Americans Task Force, the Task Force sponsored educational campaigns in API communities throughout the western states. c) Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions at San Francisco State University (SFSU), funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the program aims to increase the capacity for research on health disparities. d). National Research Advisory Council at the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) aims to initiate strategies to raise awareness in communities and to assure representation in clinical trials and research studies. Dr. Wong is a member of the national research advisory committee.

Lastly, Dr. Wong brings her scientific training to health system evaluation and public policy to the criminal justice system. Her training in strategic planning comes from the Harvard JFK School of Government and from working as a Board member and lead consultant at the Institute for Law and Policy Planning, where she played a key role in strategic planning projects and audits of correctional medical systems in small and large jurisdictions. This type of field work in criminal justice policy planning extend the reach of academia to address the social justice issue of health care as a right for poor and marginalized populations.

Marilyn Wong, MD, MPH


Dr. Wong received her MD from UC San Francisco and an MPH from Johns Hopkins where she also completed her residency in Preventive Medicine.  She is currently serving as a Community Health Commissioner in the City of Berkeley and working as a physician at the Student Health Services at San Francisco State University.

She had done research in Hepatitis B with Nobel Laureate Baruch Blumberg in the 1980′s in Philadelphia and had worked in Bay Area community clinics including San Francisco General Hospital’s Refugee Clinic and Oakland’s Asian Health Services.

Her current volunteer effort is in fostering community health interest among undergraduates from underserved communities. Towards this end, she founded the AAPI Health Research Group (AAPIHRG) at UC Berkeley in 2008.  AAPIHRG is now a student organization that sponsors a series of lectures in the Spring on community health and leads a research seminar in the fall.
Sophy S. Wong, MD

Sophy Shiahua Wong, M.D., B.A. visual arts, went to Brown University
for undergraduate and medical school, has taken ceramics classes and
organic chemistry at UC Berkeley, did her internal medicine residency
at UCSF and completed the UCSF San Francisco General Hospital Positive
Health Program’s HIV Clinical Fellowship while in rural Tanzania. She
has worked in HIV care and treatment in Kenya and Tanzania since the
ART roll-out in January 2004 and has been shifting her work from East
Africa to Asia. She is now a staff physician and the HIV QI
Coordinator at Asian Health Services in Oakland, the Associate
Director of the East Bay AIDS Education and Training Center, and is
the medical director for the Pangaea Foundation China Program
providing HIV testing and treatment scale-up and capacity-building
technical assistance in China.

Winston F. Wong, MD, MS

Dr. Winston Wong leads Kaiser Permanente’s efforts in developing and cultivating community partnerships that address the needs of the underserved and the pursuit of health equity. At Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated pre-paid health provider with over 8.5 million members, Dr. Wong guides investments and partnerships to support the country’s community health centers, public hospitals and public health systems, with a particular emphasis on the promotion of population management strategies and the elimination of health disparities.

As a clinician and medical director of a federally supported community health center in Oakland’s Chinatown, from 1986- 93, Dr. Wong established several programs targeting health inequities faced by immigrant Asian communities . From 1993 – 2003, Dr. Wong served as a Commissioned Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, achieving the rank of Captain, and serving in various roles in the Region IX Office of the Department of Health and Human Services. Among his duties were the clinical development of federally qualified health centers in a four state territory and the overall management of California programs supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), representing an annual federal expenditure of over $150 million. In recognition of his public service, Wong was the recipient of the U.S. Public Health Service’s Outstanding Service Medal.

Dr. Wong is a notable national authority in areas of cultural competence and health disparities. He co-chaired the National Quality Forum’s Steering Committee on Cultural Competence, which led to a framework for the adoption of culturally competent practices among the nation’s health care providers. Dr. Wong serves on two Institute Of Medicine sponsored groups: the Roundtable on Health Disparities, and the Roundtable on Health Literacy.

His professional work and accomplishments have been recognized by the National Minority Health Forum, Western Clinicians Network, Asian Health Services, and Asian Perinatal Advocates and most recently in a feature profile appearing in the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Wong was also the lead sponsor for the community implementation of a diabetes risk reduction program which earned Kaiser Permanente’s annual recognition award for quality and innovation.

Dr. Wong received his baccalaureate in Ethnic Studies with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Masters and Medical degrees from the UCSF-Berkeley Joint Medical Program. He is also a Certified Health Insurance Executive.

Nkauj Iab Yang, B.A., UC Berkeley Alum

Nkauj Iab Yang grew up in Del Paso Heights in Sacramento and fell in love with the Bay Area after attending UC Berkeley, where she majored in Ethnic Studies. Ethnic Studies was the only field Nkauj Iab felt understood her completely -her struggles, family stories, health, but also provided her with the support to build her own power. Nkauj Iab is working on getting her Masters in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, where she is researching to understand how engaging in traditional Hmong funeral rites can serve as a healing mechanism and form of liberation for second-generation Hmong, Hmong Americans. NkaujIab enjoys the company of her two poodle-mixes, listening to Santigold, sitting around, making jewelry, learning her history and spending time with people she loves.

Albert Yu, MD, MBA

Dr. Yu is the director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health – Chinatown Public Health Center and a clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine. Dr. Yu is the founding faculty advisor to the UCSF Hepatitis B Collaborative (SFHBC), an interdisciplinary student organization with the mission to create sustainable partnerships with Bay Area community organizations to increase education, screening, prevention and treatment for chronic hepatitis B within local Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Since its inception in 2004, SFHBC has: a) trained over 500 UCSF medical, pharmacy, dental and nursing students as well as UC Berkeley undergraduate students; b) conducted multiple community outreach screenings throughout the Bay Area; c) partnered with UC Berkeley students to provide linguistic translation and outreach education; d) fostered several community collaborations most notably the San Francisco Hepatitis B Free, a citywide campaign to establish San Francisco as the first city in the United States to test and vaccinate all Asian and Pacific Islanders for hepatitis B; and e) opened two permanent student-run clinics that provide the full spectrum of hepatitis B services – education, screening, vaccination, treatment and care coordination. SFHBC has been awarded grants from the American Liver Foundation, Asian American Network Cancer Awareness Training Research, and the Association of American Medical Colleges, and was recognized in 2006 for its curricular innovation as the recipient of the American Medical Student Association Paul Wright Medical Education Excellence Award.

The Chinatown Public Health Center (CPHC) is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, where it has been serving indigent Chinese immigrants with limited English proficiency since 1928. Its mission is to provide quality, accessible, culturally-competent, and community-oriented health care services to vulnerable San Franciscans. As `medical and center director, Dr. Yu provides direct patient care, supervises a 10 member clinician staff, manages a team of over 40 employees, oversees many programmatic services including community nutrition, community health education, dentistry, primary care, behavioral health, asylee and newcomers, Women Infants and Children (WIC), nursing and clerical. CPHC is also a central pillar within Chinatown’s health services network; as such, Dr. Yu is a fervent health care advocate for this community. He serves as the treasurer and president-elect on the board of NICOS Chinese Health Coalition. He is a member of the data and executive committees of the Asian Pacific Islander Health Parity Council and the American Heart Association Chinese Community Cardiac Council. He also serves on the planning group, evaluation and medical protocol committees of the San Francisco Hepatitis B Free.

Dr. Yu is also a clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine. Prior to assuming his current director position at CPHC in 2007, he had served as vice chair in the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine, chief of the UCSF Family Medicine Service, and medical director of the Lakeshore faculty practice. He attended Cornell University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine, the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health, and Golden Gate University School of Business. He completed his family medicine residency training at UCSF San Francisco General Hospital, where he served an additional year as chief resident and completed a faculty development fellowship program. His professional interests are in eliminating health disparities, particularly issues that impact Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, in transforming healthcare delivery systems through primary care redesign and chronic illness care innovations, and in cultivating a pipeline of culturally and linguistically-competent health professionals across disciplines.

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