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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SUNY Upstate Medical University APAMSA Update – Lunar New Year Gala

On January 27, 2017 the APAMSA chapter of State University of New York Upstate Medical University hosted the New Year Gala. 

In collaboration with the Upstate chapter of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, we hosted the Lunar New Year Gala at Upstate Medical University during the eve of Lunar New Year. Taking place at a time traditionally spent with close family, we shared this time with the Upstate community, friends, and family to foster cultural understanding. The event included dinner, cultural performances, and a video from Upstate Administration speaking about their experiences and understanding of the holiday. The gala exhibited traditional performances including a lion dance and a handkerchief dance, with guest performers from Syracuse University demonstrating Korean drumming. Over 100 students, faculty, and administrators from all the colleges at Upstate came together this night to celebrate the importance of family, tradition and culture of the APAI community and people of Asian heritage.

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!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-apamsa-region-viii-conference-tickets-30913021680

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!