APAMSA and NCAPIP Highlight National Diabetes Month

To commemorate National Diabetes Month, APAMSA would like to highlight the Screen at 23 campaign from our partners at NCAPIP

Dear Colleagues:

According to the World Health Organization, American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, Asian Americans are at risk of developing diabetes at a lower body mass index (BMI) than Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans. The community based participatory research and academic studies done on this small but rapidly growing population have provided the literature that has caused these large institutions to change their recommends for screening diabetes in Asian Americans. The American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) latest 2015 Standards of Care in Diabetes included a body mass index of 23 kg/m2 as a risk factor to consider for testing diabetes in Asian Americans. The former cutpoint for risk being a BMI of 25, one that the researchers have been saying will leave approximately a third of a million Asian American diabetics (and even more prediabetics) undiagnosed.

A small pocket of knowledge has reached a larger stage, but there remains a gap in awareness that, unless filled, will equate to a very slow implementation of these guidelines. among providers. The Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Diabetes Coalition was formed in 2011 by a combination of these same researchers along with community and public health leaders, endocrinologists, diabetes educators, dieticians, and providers. Its objective has been to move the scientific knowledge of diabetes among Asian Americans, moving the science into guidelines for diagnosis. Now, the goal is to take this guideline and make sure it is implemented.

Screen at 23 goal:

Get every Asian American patient with a body mass index of 23 or higher screened for diabetes. This requires educating providers who previously might rule out diabetes as a risk factor for an Asian who is “skinny” or “average” in build. It requires educating the public that having a BMI of 23 is not a new definition of “overweight” or “obesity” for Asian Americans, but rather a number to look out for, one that should have individuals thinking about making healthy changes to their diet and incorporating healthy changes to their lifestyle, such as exercising. Above all, the campaign seeks to unmask diabetes and prediabetes in Asian Americans, , according to the National Institutes of Health. Go to www.Screenat23.org

Sincerely, APAMSA

For More Information, email David Hawks at dhawks@ncapip.org or call 202-441-1192. Thank you!

Click http://bit.ly/2ghh9ml to download flyer for Screen at 23 campaign.

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Jefferson Chapter Activities Update

Henna + Mindfulness Event

On Thursday, October 6th, Jefferson APAMSA hosted a Henna body art event with the Jefferson Psychiatry Interest Group. The event was attended by over 20 students and faculty from the Jefferson Community. Refreshments and henna materials were made by Maitri Pancholy, co-President of Jefferson’s APAMSA chapter. The event was kicked off with an introduction to the art of henna as well as a short presentation on how mindfulness and activities such as henna can promote mental health in the student community. This event’s theme of promoting mental well-being coincided directly with the topic of this year's APAMSA’s National conference in early October.

Chinatown Flu fest

On Sunday, October 9th, 2016, Members of Jefferson’s APAMSA volunteered at a flu shot clinic at the local Chinese Church in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. This event provided flu vaccines to members of Philadelphia’s uninsured Chinatown population. Qinglan Huang, Jefferson APAMSA’s Health Education Director, and Bill Li, Jefferson APAMSA’s Co-President, served as Mandarin translators and helped patients fill out their flu shot forms. Qing and Bill also helped prepare vaccines and organize tables and charts. In doing so, Jefferson APAMSA hopes to keep in line with the community service principles that APAMSA was founded upon.

Region IV Southeast Regional Conference Recap

On Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, Emory University hosted the very first APAMSA Southeast Regional Conference! The conference, titled “Bridging the Gap: Highlighting Asian American Presence in Medicine,” aimed to start dialogue on Asian Americans as patients and as practitioners. We were proud to host students from multiple APAMSA chapters as well as students from other fields of study like public health.

Topics included refugee health (Dr. Emily Herndon, Emory Family Medicine), acupuncture and traditional medicine (Dr. Jiyo Shin, Smyrna Wellstar Primary Care), and minority health and systemic lupus erythematosus (Dr. Sam Lim, Emory Rheumatology). Lt. Anthony Chase from the Atlanta branch of the U.S. Navy also attended and presented career opportunities for medical students in the U.S. Navy. Kevin Riutzel, APAMSA National President, also made an appearance to speak about APAMSA as a national organization and some of its focuses. In particular, he highlighted the serious concerns of mental health, depression and suicide risk in students, addressing in particular the unique stresses of medical school.

Conference topics were well-received and established communication channels across universities and fields. By the end of the conference, public health students and medical students spoke about planning for further collaboration in upcoming years! We were extremely happy with the response and hope for future dialogue to continue.

Organizing Committee:

Jennifer Hong, Emory, Regional Co-Director, Conference Chair
Alexander Pan, Medical College of Georgia, Regional Co-Director
Deandrea Ellis, Emory, Regional Co-Director
Grace Oh, Emory
Robert Fu, Emory

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!

APAMSA Hepatitis Grant Update: Team HBV at Harvard College Hosts Free Screening Events

One of our biggest initiatives at APAMSA is our hepatitis effort. APAMSA is the only nationwide organization of its kind that represents Asians and Pacific Islander medical students. One of the main health disparities in the API community is hepatitis, infecting 1 in 10 of the API community worldwide and in the United States.

Every year, we offer scholarships and resources for those in the community to increase the awareness to combat this disease. We are proud to have supported the efforts of Harvard’s Team HBV chapter in their latest hepatitis screening event!

 

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On April 18th and April 25th of 2015, Team HBV at Harvard College hosted two consecutive free screening events for Hepatitis B in Boston Chinatown. They were held at Malden YMCA and Castle Square Tenants Organization with at least 20 attendees each. Partnered with Quest Diagnostics, Team HBV provided professional phlebotomists at each event, who performed blood withdrawals on audience members who wanted to be screened. Every screening event began with an educational presentation on basic information about Hepatitis B, its dangers, and the importance of vaccination. Following the closing of the presentation, representatives of Team HBV began the process of screening. Each attendee was provided with an ID number, which was used to label his or her blood samples, and asked to complete a patient intake form and a consent form. Afterwards, these blood samples were tested for antibodies indicative of Hepatitis B by Quest Diagnostics, and the results were sent to our partnered physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital for evaluation. The result letters were then sent out to each patient with recommendations on the next step and vaccination options. Team HBV screened a total of twenty people from the events.

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)