2017 Region VIII Conference Recap

APAMSA’s Region VIII Conference was hosted by Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) on February 25, 2017 at OHSU’s Collaborative Life Sciences Building. The conference opened with an introduction from the 2016 – 2017 region VIII co-directors, KieuYen Luu, Phuong-Vy Le, and Quang Truong followed by a brief background about national APAMSA given by Michelle Chen, APAMSA’s External Vice President. The keynote address was given by Joe Enlet, the senior policy liaison for the Multnomah County Health Department. Speaking about the healthcare disparities that are present in underrepresented ethnic communities in the state of Oregon, Joe emphasized the disparities to the Pacific Islander communities.

The first breakout session followed the keynote address and attendees attended one of the three workshops offered: Kathy Wai representing the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and held a workshop on how to extend healthcare to Oregonians who were previously denied access; Dr. Lynne Shinto held a workshop speaking about the access and care of alternative medicine; Lahaina Maylani Phillip gave a talk about her experiences with accessing healthcare as a Micronesian American.

During lunch, there were posters being presented by Lee Nguyen, Karen Leung, and Tuong Pham from the University of California, Davis and Jonathan Sisley from Oregon State University. There was also a tabling event from the sponsors of this year’s region VIII conference, which included APANO, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), OHSU’s Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, Radiation Medicine, OHSU Center for Inclusion and Diversity, and the United States Navy.

The second breakout session began after lunch. Joe Enlet led a workshop on relational strategies for health advocacy and policy change where he gave an introduction on the advocacy work that is being done in Oregon to benefit the APIA community. Dr. Jessica Guh gave a lecture on the Asian Minority Myth Model and how it affects the advancement of Asian Americans in the workforce. Our final workshop was a panel from Dr. Jessica Guh, Joe Enlet, and Michelle Chen. The purpose of the panel was to provide an open discussion to attendees on the outlooks of the future of healthcare policies and how it will affect the APIA community. The conference concluded with special thanks to our sponsors and speakers.

Not only did the conference provided attendees a better understanding of the needs of the APIA community, it also connect providers, community members, medical, undergraduates, and high school students from across Region VIII to one another. Students from University of Washington, UC Davis, Lewis & Clark, Portland State University, OHSU and Century High School were represented. Many ideas were exchanged on how to better represent and serve our communities. Once again Region VIII would like to thank Oregon Health Science University along with the many donors previously mentioned for their support!

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2017 Region VI Conference at MCW Recap

On February 4th, the 2017 Region VI conference was hosted by the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.

The conference opened with a few words from APAMSA national president Ruey Hu, who invited students to explore cultural differences in health perception and what it means to be a part of APAMSA.

Presentations began with keynote speaker Dr. B Li, co-founder of National APAMSA, who shared his own personal experience with the difficulties of securing a bone marrow transplant for his own wife. Dr. Li discussed the stress, grief, and devastating consequences that were a reflection of the health disparities in the Asian-American population. Although many conference attendees were already a part of the bone marrow registry, Dr. Li’s touching story inspired many more attendees (17) to register for the National Bone Marrow Registry.

With that, Dr. Kathleen Yang-Clayton, a former deputy director of Asian-Americans Advancing Justice, spoke on advocacy through examining the needs of the community within a broader political and civil context. In highlighting the value of teamwork not only within the Asian-American community but also with other minority groups, Dr. Yang-Clayton reminded us that we all play a larger role in the fight for minority rights.

While Dr. Yang-Clayton inspired us to look beyond the Asian-American community, Dr. Xa Xiong emphasized the need to look within it. Dr. Xiong is one of six total Hmong physicians in the state of Wisconsin and explained that even within the Asian-American community, the Hmong population has been overlooked in many areas, including healthcare. In order to bridge this gap, Dr. Xiong spoke on Hmong culture and the need to be culturally competent.

After lunch, breakout sessions were held and included topics on: Herbal Medicinal Use with the Hmong (Dr. Kajua Lor), Patient Advocacy and Policy and Legislative Involvement (Dr Clarence Chou), Global Health Efforts in South Asia (Dr. D Kim), Spiritualism and Hmong Health Beliefs (Dr. Kajua Lor), Succeeding in Wards as an Asian-American (Dr. B Li), Importance of Context in Asian-American Mental Health (Dr. Seeba Anam), Strategies for Effective Medical Lecturing (Dr. Carlyle Chan) as well as presentations from the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (Dr. Suhaila Khan, Dr. Ho Luong Tran, Dr. Dextor Louie). In addition, we welcomed a pre-medical panel hosted by MCW Dean Dawn Bragg, MCW Assistant Dean Jane Machi, Dr. Xa Xiong, and MCW medical students.

The day concluded with a panel of physicians including Dr. Carlyle Chan, Dr. Clarence Chou, Dr. Seeba Anam, Dr. Xa Xiong, and Dr. B Li who openly discussed the advancements and challenges in mental health, advocacy, health inequalities, and cultural sensitivities in the AAPI community.

We would like to thank all of our speakers, attendees, volunteers, and sponsors on making the 2017 Region VI Conference a valuable experience. We hope to continue advocating for the health of the AAPI community and cultivating more knowledgeable and motivated healthcare providers through these APAMSA events.

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Region VIII Conference – Registration Open!

The Asian Pacific Islander Medical Student Association (APAMSA) Region VIII and OHSU APAMSA Chapter would like to invite you to the second annual regional conference held this year at Oregon Health and Science University on February 25th!

All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome!

SUBMIT YOUR REGISTRATION HERE!
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Learn more about APAMSA at www.apamsa.org/

About the Conference:

This year's theme for the conference is Intertwined: Connecting Communities and Experiences. We hold this conference with hopes of bringing together the API community and educating our members about the medical and cultural diversity within the API community.

We have planned an exciting day full of discussions, workshops, and networking. The conference will begin at 10 am, with check-in and breakfast starting at 9am. Your registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a dinner social held later on that night. There will also be a poster exhibit for interested students, along with tabling opportunities for interested community organizations, departments, and companies. When you register please make sure to select the appropriate registration type.

If the conference registration fee is a financial burden to you in anyway, please reach out to us at apamsaregion8@gmail.com in lieu of purchasing a ticket on here. We want everyone interested there!

APAMSA Feature: “What is APAMSA?” Video

Thank you to our Social Media Director, Linh Vu, for recording and putting together this video!

The aim for this video was to answer the question "What is APAMSA and what does it do?" It goes into the history and establishment of APAMSA and continues to the current day to touch on the wide reach of the organization. 

Interviews were captured at the 2016 National Conference in Chicago, Il. Images were taken from APAMSA events across the country from the past few years. 

This video may be shared and screened at APAMSA affiliated events. 

This media, in its entirety or partiality, may not be used for profit. 

Region VI Conference Recap

On February 13th, 2016 Loyola University's Chicago Stritch School of Medicine hosted the Region VI conference "Breaking the Silence"

The central theme of the conference was to address important issues facing the APIA community as well as cultural barriers or beliefs that contribute to the health disparities present today. Attending the conference were students from several schools in the region, as well as individuals curious about the topic and the organization.

The conference began with an address from APAMSA president Kevin Riutzel, reinforcing the ideals of the organization and appreciating the conference's role in exemplifying them.

Headlining the conference was keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Chen of DePaul University's School for New Learning. His message, titled "Advocating for the Model Minority: Remodeling the Myth" spoke to important issues confronted by Asian Americans in all walks of life. Speaking through his experiences in healthcare, academia, and industry, Dr. Chen addressed the central theme from a wide breadth of viewpoints. Drawing from his unique perspectives, Dr. Chen discussed his own journey through medicine and society and how that affects how he views patients and clients today.

This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Karen Kim from University of Chicago Medicine titled "Making the Invisible, Visible: Asian Americans and Health". Drawing from her experience in practice and research, Dr. Kim discussed issues in medicine that affect Asian Americans that are too often overlooked in general American medical practices. Dr. Kim cited her extensive research on medical issues prominent in Asian American communities as well as extending her research to health disparities and cultural acceptance to show how important and multifaceted this issue was and how small steps we can take at our level as medical students go a long way towards the future of multicultural healthcare in America.

On the far side of lunch we welcomed Dr. Hong Liu, Dr. Hideki Shikata, Dr. Phuong Tran, and Dr. Joseph Lee in a panel discussing "A conversation with Community Advocates". A wide breadth of topics were addressed from individual tips in community outreach and interaction all the way to how a national organization like APAMSA can help communities across the nation.

We were pleased to continue in more personalized settings in breakout sessions featuring Dr. Juliana Chan, Yoonsun Pyun, Dr. Namratha Kandula, and Dr. Helen Lam to reflect on the ideas and perspectives of the day. We also welcomed Dean Sunny Nakae who led a panel with pre-med students.

Dr. Joseph Lee returned with closing remarks concluding the conference. He spoke looking towards the future and with hope that the unique ideas and perspectives we gained from the plethora of individuals and experiences would be integrated into each attendee as they approached medicine in the future.

We thank all our speakers, sponsors, organizers and attendees for making this a successful conference! We look forward to continuing to interact with everyone and hope that the connections made and perspectives gained at our conference continue to grow from here!