PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
Health Conference at USC- September 26th
2004 Minority Health Conference at USC addresses minority
health disparities and raises awareness of minority health
issues in Southern California. The event is organized by the
UCLA and USC medical school chapters of APAMSA, LMSA, MedGLO
and SNMA, and is a joint effort to present Asian American,
Latino, LGBT, and African American health collectively as
one voice. The unique motivation behind this collaboration
is to synergize the work of our three minority organizations,
all of which promote parallel causes for different ethnic
groups. Goals of the conference include educating students
and physicians on the critical issues behind minority health,
and providing a forum to discuss the barriers facing physicians
and patients in minority communities.
topic of this year's conference is "Bridging Cultures & Enhancing
Minority Healthcare." For the 2003 Minority Health Conference
website, click here.
Symposium - October 1st-2nd
the weekend of October 1st,
APAMSA will be attending the Diversity Symposium. According
to its website, "The Diversity Symposium, now in its
third year, brings together healthcare providers, administrators,
medical educators, health and allied health profession students,
and community and business leaders from Southern California
and the rest of the nation. This program will focus on increasing
participantsí understanding of the healthcare political landscape
in order to acquire skills and knowledge needed to advocate
for healthcare issues. Attendees will have the opportunity
to develop skills required to translate strategies into actions
designed to improve health service delivery, medical education
For more information, visit the Diversity Symposium's website,
or contact Vicky.
National Conference - November 12th-14th
year's APAMSA National Conference will be held in Houston,
TX, home of our favorite Asian, Yao Ming. The theme of the
conference this year is "Leading By Example." As a national
organization, we have the opportunity to influence the lives
of many Asian Americans but often do not know where to start.
This year, we have decided to implement a health fair in the
Houston community with the intent of demonstrating the kind
of potential we have when we work towards the same goal.
will be an exciting and informative set of speakers this year.
Seminars will address issues in public health, research, international
health, and nontraditional medicine. To find out more, visit
National Conference website.
the incidence of chronic Hepatitis B among most Americans
is 1 in 200, the incidence is 1
in 10 within API communities. More than
half of the 1.25 million people with chronic Hepatitis B in
the United States are Asian Americans, and one in four people
with chronic Hepatitis B will eventually die of chronic liver
failure or liver cancer.
Asian Liver Center at Stanford University developed the Jade
Ribbon Campaign to address this health disparity. The campaign
is an initiative to build awareness in the API and healthcare
communities in an effort to reduce the incidence of chronic
hepatitis B and liver cancer in this high-risk group. The
campaign chose the Jade Ribbon as the emblem for the campaign
because in many Asian cultures, jade represents the essence
of heaven and earth and is believed to bring good luck and
longevity while deflecting negativity.
find out more, visit the Jade Ribbon Campaign's website.
UCSD Shiley Eye Center provides an amazing service to elementary
school children. The Shiley Eye Center uses a traveling optometry
office called the Eye Mobile to provide exams to about 1,500
students in San Diego's lowest-performing schools and in Head
Start programs. The Lions Club of San Diego provides glasses
for free, while funding for the Eye Mobile comes from the
First 5 Commission of San Diego.
has gotten itself involved in the project also, volunteering
to follow up on all of the children the Eye Mobile services.
APAMSA calls each and every family to see how the glasses
have impacted the child's performance in school as well as
assistance, Shiley can monitor the efficacy of its amazing
service and learn how to better serve these children.
story about the Eye Mobile.
if a Cambodian immigrant needed to see a doctor but did not
know where he/she could find one who spoke his/her language?
To address this problem, APAMSA is undertaking the task of producing
a referral sheet for the different Asian ethnic populations
in San Diego that will provide information on clinics, homeless
shelters, domestic violence, etc. We hope to compile a list
of all the clinics that serve each population and have doctors
that speak their languages. The sheet will include the payment
structure of these clinics (i.e. if it's free or on a sliding
scale). Personal observations of the clinic will also be included
to enable us to more effectively refer people to these clinics.
Here is a preliminary example
of what we're working on.
referral sheet project still needs a lot of work, and most
importantly, volunteers. So please contact Sonya
or Jeff if you
have input or would like to help.