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!

May Updates

Donate to Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts; Check out SLU, WashU, and Rush events; Learn about Cancer and the AAPI Population; Tune in to a Seminar on Social Determinants of Health (MAY 2015)


This 3rd Sunday of May, mark the start of API Cancer Awareness Week with these great resources! Learn about lung cancer and the API population.

Rush APAMSA, with Rush geriatrician Dr. Qin Xi Dong, organized a health screening and education fair in Chicago. (More)

APAMSA is partnering with the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus to bring you an excellent webinar on the social determinants of AAPI health. (RSVP)

Region VII is pleased to conclude this year’s regional conference on Leadership in Medicine, at Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California. (More)

LA Times: APAMSA national officer Michelle Chen promotes health screening in Hacienda Heights. (More) (Photo: Marcus Yam, LA Times)

Congratulations to our graduating seniors at every chapter! In particular, we would like to honor these seniors for their service to National APAMSA:

Amy Zhang (LSU), Claudia Cao (Michigan), Helen Shi (Michigan), Hillary Lin (Stanford), Justin Teng(Michigan), Mike Chu (Michigan), Tracy Wang(Hopkins), Tiffany Ho (Hopkins), Michelle Pong(Einstein), Paul Peng (Mt. Sinai), Peter Park(Michigan), Ammar Siddiqui (Mt. Sinai), Jin Ge(Penn), Shannon Koh (Vanderbilt), Linh Vu (UCI)

Please consider donating towards the Nepal Earthquake Relief Funds. (More)

Congratulations to our Healthy Choices Recipe Contest Winners (More)

Rush APAMSA andSASA celebrate cuisine and nutrition during APA Heritage Month (More)

SLU and WashU APAMSA put on a lecture on Chronic Hepatitis B in Asian-Americans.

Contribute to our Global Health Opportunities Directory (More)



The National Hepatitis Project of APAMSA is proud to announce the winners for the first round of screening grants. These chapters have shown a true commitment to raising awareness of Hepatitis B in the community and to screening those at risk. Their projects range from being very well established to new initiatives.



Congratulations to the first round winners! Second round grant applications submitted by chapter leaders are currently being reviewed and will be announced mid-March.

Learn more about our National Hepatitis Initiative

Andy Tien
National Hepatitis Initiative Director
Eastern Virginia Medical School

National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

To commemorate May 19th, 2014 –National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – APAMSA is excited to partner with the Banyan Tree Project again to bring you and your chapter ways to get involved!

What happens on this day?

Organizations around the country dedicated to A&PI health host events in their communities to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS-related stigma. HIV-related stigma is the severe individual, family, and community shame or disgrace associated with HIV.

Being silent about HIV can contribute to HIV infections. HIV stigma hurts individuals and the community as a whole. People are discriminated against, disowned from families, and fired from jobs. But by understanding its cause and listening to others’ experiences, we can help end HIV stigma through knowledge and action.

It all starts with talking about HIV and listening with compassion. The more knowledge you have about HIV stigma, the easier you can prevent it and help those who are living with HIV. If you believe in empowering each other to build a healthier community, please join us and read on.

As the U.S. works to make an “AIDS-free generation” a reality, engaging communities in ending HIV stigma becomes more important than ever. For all communities, stigma is a powerful barrier preventing people from getting HIV tests or accessing treatment. For the A&PI community—where the CDC estimates that 1 in 3 people living with HIV doesn’t know it and over two-thirds have never been tested for HIV (National Health Interview Survey, 2009)—addressing the shame and fear that haunts the disease is imperative. National A&PI HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an important opportunity to start that dialogue.

Suggested activities for you and/or your chapter

  1. Learn more about HIV stigma here: http://banyantreeproject.org/wp2014/what-is-hiv-stigma/  Interactive elements include the “Are YOU a stigmatizer quiz?”
  2. Watch how HIV stigma affects A&PIs through these real-life stories: http://banyantreeproject.org/wp2014/stories-in-community/

An easy-to-plan advocacy activity for your chapter could be to briefly integrate a video discussion into the first part of your next meeting.  Please let us know if your chapter decides to!

Please contact Randy Luu and Arjun Gokhale at advocacy@apamsa.org for more information!


Webinar with White House Chef!

Join The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health as we celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Live Webinar
Thursday, May 30, 2013
12pm ET/9am PT

Cristeta Pasia Comerford, the White House chef, is a master at taking traditional food from her heritage and making it more healthful. As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we will highlight Ms. Comerford’s work and how it inspires us all to prepare traditional foods with a healthy twist!

Featured Guest speakers:

·         Kate Moraras, Senior Advisor, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

·         Dr. Robert C. Post, Associate Executive Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA
Special Video Presentation by White House Chef Christeta Pasia Comerford, who will demonstrate how to cook traditional Asian American and Pacific Islander dishes in a healthy way!

Cooking Like a White House Chef: APIC Celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2013
Join us for a Webinar on May 30

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2 . gotomeeting . com/register/239366162
Cristeta Pasia Comerford, the White House chef, is a master at taking traditional food from her heritage and making it more healthful. Join us as we discuss the importance of nutrition, and the role that healthy eating can play in our cultural lives. Help us celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month, as we highlight Ms. Comerford’s work and how it inspires us all to prepare healthy foods!


Title: Cooking Like a White House Chef: APIC Celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2013
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.