APAMSA National Conference 2017 (and Pre-Med Day)

APAMSA is proud to announce that the 2017 National Conference will be held on October 7, 2017 at UCLA. The conference will feature a wide variety of speakers, workshops, panels, and experiences including healthcare leaders, physicians, researchers and executives.

A National Pre-Medical Student Day will be hosted the day after as part of the APAMSA National Conference on October 8th, 2017.

More information regarding registration for the National Conference and Pre-Med Day will soon be updated.

2017 Region VII Conference Recap

On March 18th, 2017, the Region VII APAMSA Conference was held at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The conference was supported by the Navy, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, and the Asian Pacific Community in Action. Over 40 medical students, undergraduate students, and community members from throughout the region convened at the conference to learn, educate, and network.

The conference began with a keynote speech by Dr. Marvasti, Director of Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, who spoke on the aging Asian American population and mental health. He was followed by a webcast presentation by Dr. Ho Luong Tran, Dr. Louie, and David Hawks of the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians on “Screen at 23.” The afternoon was concluded with Dr. Chen, department chair for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona and Chief Richard Fleming of the Navy. The afternoon consisted of a presentation by Dr. Kotecha of the Asian Pacific Community in Action and their Benefit Enrollment Center for Seniors, along with simulation events featuring BMI and blood pressure screenings, ultrasound, funduscopes, and suturing. Lastly, a social event was conducted in the evening at a local bar.

Thank you for everyone who attended!

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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 V Conference Recap

On February 4th, 2017, the APAMSA region V conference was held at Case Western Reserve University. The conference was sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and also featured a talk from the U.S Navy. With over forty medical students from five different schools in Ohio and Michigan, there was a lot of diversity among the audience. We had talks from different speakers on population health and screening of Asian American populations, research mentorship, communication with cultural or language differences, and more. During the conference, students were engaged in learning or discussing about health issues among the Asian American population and how to provide better care for them. At the end of the conference, dinner was served and additional food and drinks were offered at a local bar.

2017 Hepatitis Screening and Educational Grant Recipients

National APAMSA is pleased to announce the following 2017 Hepatitis Screening and Educational Grant Recipients: 
 
Hepatitis Screening Grants
Albany Medical College
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Drexel University College of Medicine 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) at Jefferson University
University of South Florida- Morsani College of Medicine
UC Davis School of Medicine
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
 
Educational Grant Recipients
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Texas A&M College of Medicine

We wish all the APAMSA chapters much success on their hepatitis initiatives. We look forward to learning about their work at the 2017 National APAMSA Hepatitis B & C Conference in Washington, DC!

We encourage chapters to apply for hepatitis education grants. Applications are due 4 weeks prior to the event and can be found at hepatitis.apamsa.org/grants.

The National APAMSA Hepatitis Project is generously supported by Gilead Sciences, The Chinese American Medical Society, and The Asian Health Foundation.

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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