After a week hiatus from social media, I am back. Apologies about the bout of absence, illness and work took me away. So, if you emailed me within the last two weeks, I promise I will get back to you; I’m just slightly overwhelmed at this point.
Updates from the hepatitis B front: SF Treasure Island Dragon Boat Festival was this past weekend, which is always a treat. We had the opportunity to collaborate with SF Hep B Free on holding a booth and providing educational surveys to the festival attendees. Knowledge levels about hepatitis B prevalence in Asian and Pacific Islanders (1 in 10 compared to 1 in 1000 of Caucasians), transmission (only through blood), and risks (liver cancer and liver failure) were very low, indicative of increased awareness and education. Surveys from the Filipino Fil Am Friendship Festival in Daly City also reflected poor knowledge levels and misconceptions within the Filipino population. NT, SC, and I are working on a paper that examines the knowledge levels of the Chinese, Vietnamese, and Filipino populations, so that should be exciting. Side note: everyone loved the Jade Warrior tattoos – I’ll upload one tomorrow. They were such a hit.
On the youth front, the 2009-2010 Jade Ribbon Youth Council has been selected. 16 Bay Area high school students will be joining the ALC family to create innovative outreach ideas for targeting youth and learn how to be leaders in their communities. The application was pretty stiff this year and it was difficult to choose out of roughly fifty highly qualified candidates. Additionally, it is extremely exciting to see all the high school awareness chapters that are starting this year. I think there are ten or more chapters that are starting from this year’s YLC alone. And I also received an email from a YLC 2008 alumni at Vassar who is going to start a collegiate hepatitis B awareness group. This is just one example of how these youth empowerment programs truly impact youth and stay with them. I’m very thankful I had the opportunity to play a role in such an rewarding endeavor.
And one more piece of exciting news: the ALC’s new Outreach Coordinator will be starting on Wednesday! I can now officially start full force on the corporate outreach work. Exciting!
I also saw a mother carrying the Jade Ribbon Campaign reusable shopping bag at the Caltrain Station at Milbrae this past Saturday. I almost took out the camera to snap pictures of her, but stopped myself less I appear inappropriate. However, CL did come up with a neat idea: “Where have you seen the JRC reusable shopping bag” contest. Definitely has merit and will continue ruminating on this idea for the future.
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Updates on corporate hepatitis B intiative and healthcare. A whole slew of other interesting things to come in the next post. Apologies about being MIA: I spent a week at home in Texas working on my medical school applications and to see my family, and the return back to the office was pretty hectic with all the events that happened this week and the flood of To-Do’s piled on my desk.
Corporate Hepatitis B Initiatives
On Wednesday, I had the fantastic opportunity to attend Corporate Asian American Employee Network’s (CAAEN) 6th Annual Event at Chevron in San Ramon. CAAEN is an organization comprised of employee resource groups from many Fortune 500 companies in the Bay Area that focus on developing leadership advancement for Asian Americans. CAAEN kindly invited us to host a booth during the networking time period, and I had the opportunity to speak with ~60 people in an hour timeframe. The Asian Liver Center booth was definitely very busy, mostly due to our wheel and the Jade Ribbon Campaign plushy cows. People were very receptive to filling out the 6-question knowledge survey, and with the incredible help of our Cisco supporter MT, I was able to provide many Silicon Valley employees with hepatitis B education. Many took the information seriously, and I hope that they go and ask their doctors about hepatitis B testing. One very exciting prospect that came out of that night is the possibility of working with Safeway to promote the Jade Ribbon Campaign. This is still in its early stages, but hopefully this can pan out with the help of CAAEN.
After the networking session, I had the chance to attend the panel discussion with top Asian American leaders from Visa, Chevron, and AAA. It was great to hear their perspectives on what it means to be an Asian American leader, the pros, the challenges, and where they see Asian Americans in future leadership. Our economy, our world is becoming increasingly diverse, and we need to embrace that diversity and bring it to the table. I enjoyed talking to Lynn Chou after the panel discussion – she’s such an inspiration as a successful Asian American female leader. To advance your career, she advised, is to excel at what you do, but to also have those 3-4 projects that you take ownership of for each year that you can speak about to your superiors and others to demonstrate your leadership and ability.
Another good nugget is this: Be consistent. be confident, and be willing to laugh at yourself and your mistakes.
Evaluting “American Values” and their application to Healthcare & Reform
I hope that you all had the chance to listen to President Obama’s healthcare reform speech on Wednesday. He’s such an eloquent speaker. I was pretty happy to hear his stance on how health insurance shouldn’t be withheld from those who have existing health conditions and how health insurance should not be revoked when an individual begins to be too costly for an insurance company to cover. He’s right: it’s heartbreaking and it’s wrong. I haven’t had a chance to read about follow up commentary to the speech and what plans will be put forward, but if you have any suggestions, please do let me know!
And, here’s a very well written article by Pauline Chen from NYTimes about healthcare and “American Values.” There has been lot of talk about how certain parties or certain plans reflect “American values,” but what ARE American values? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article.
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Wal-Mart in Fremont, CA donated $1,000 to the Jade Ribbon Campaign (specifically, LIVERight). Thanks to SW for applying for this community grant and thank you to Wal-Mart for their generous contribution to supporting liver cancer and hepatitis B awareness. When I went to accept the check, I had the opportunity to chat with a fantastic Filipina lady by the name of C. She was pretty remarkable in that she worked two jobs, seven days a week and survived the death of her youngest son to liver cancer. Hopefully we can work with her in some capacity on some Filipino hepatitis B outreach.
Jade Ribbon Campaign and the Fight against Hepatitis B
This week was the last week for our summer interns (how sad!), and we’ll be hiring the new team in late September. I’ve seen three teams of interns during my time at the Asian Liver Center, and I’m always sad when they leave. It’s been such a pleasure watching this team grow and learn new skills and gain confidence in their communication or team building techniques. And, in turn, they also teach me a few lessons about how to be a better leader, how to communicate in a more direct and positive manner, and how to manage projects so that they feel an investment, and I can make sure that projects move forward. Of course, I’m still learning, but I am indebted to the past three teams of interns for their great work and their inspriration.
Speaking of inspiration, I met with a trio from Saratoga High this week to discuss their ideas for a Jade Ribbon Campaign awareness club at their school. It is really heartening to hear their enthusiasm and drive to create a club that makes a difference in their community. The meeting was productive in that we identified potential projects they could undertake during the year and ideas for their weekly meetings so that the meetings are geared more toward education and not only volunteer opportunities. We’re beginning to get a lot more high school clubs with each subsequent YLC, and they are all excited about coordinating efforts nationwide as well – letter writing campaigns, and a coordinated Hepatitis B Awareness Week.
I’ve been working with SC to create some sticker and box designs for Sheng Kee Bakery to raise more awareness about the Jade Ribbon Campaign – so that has been very fun. I will post some of the designs up when they’re at a more finalized state. If you have any ideas, feel free to message me!
And in line with pastries, this is a picture of me at the Miss Asian America pageant with Sugar Bowl Bakery CEO and his wife (who are both so incredibly nice!) pinning them with the Jade Ribbon! Thank you again to Miss Asian America for their support of the Jade Ribbon Campaign. Furthermore, there’s the Jade Ribbon dress ST made! That was a pretty exciting night, although I was fairly exhausted since it was right after the last day of Youth Leadership Conference.
Multitasking – a Detriment to our Cognitive Abilities?
I was listening to NPR yesterday, and currently, a study by Professor Clifford Nass is all the rage because it indicates that individuals who engage in multimedia multitasking are often bad at it, AND, they pay a mental price for it. From the study, it appears that those who multitask at high rate have difficulty in differentiating between relevant and irrelevant information; hence, multitasking on a media level (e.g. chatting via IM while writing an email, watching the television, and reading a NYtimes article) can have a detrimental impact on our cognitive abilities. Makes me consider if I should be multitasking (of course, it’s so ingrained into how I operate, that I’m undergain how I can stop). Here’s the article from NPR, and a transcript of an interview with Professor Nass.
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Currently relaxing in my hotel room at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta (Hot-lanta as it’s often endearingly called) taking care of some emails and about to begin working on secondaries again. Just finished a morning of a poster presentation on Youth Leadership Conference – many people were interested in replicating the program for other ethnic groups, and were impressed with the workshops and skills we offer our students. Hopefully, they can utilize our stuff (workshop slides, format, etc) to create other youth programs for teenagers across the nation! I even ran out of handouts for my poster!
AG finished a great (and very fast) presentation on the Jade Ribbon Campaign in a panel presentation. I really liked SC’s suggestion about presenting the Jade Ribbon Campaign via the gaps that were identified concerning hepatitis B awareness and education. The panel itself was really enjoyable, and one common theme that ran across all the presentations is the necessity of making sure that the community is highly involved in any health initiative that is going to be done successfully. Partnering is so incredibly important to make anything truly effective and impactful. The point of my job isn’t to just educate and stand on my soap box, it’s to engage and initiate behavior change. I hope I carry this lesson into my career as a physician (::has fingers crossed::).
Also watched an interesting bit of news on CNN last night: there was a poll of North Carolina’s residents that weren’t sure if Obama was born in the United States. I was rather flabbergasted because I would hope that most Americans would know that in order to be President of the United States of America, you need to have been born in the US. I hate to make stereotypes, but I wonder if the reason for the “confusion” is resultant of Obama’s race and his father’s ties to Islam (correct me if I’m wrong). It was both humorous and frustrating at the same time, and the fact that I’m still thinking about it indicates that something about it just rubs me the wrong way. What do you think?
I haven’t been keeping abreast of the healthcare reform situation; however, I certainly saw many explosive town hall meetings being covered last night. Now that YLC is over and other things are quieting down (well, when do things at the ALC ever quiet down?), I can get back on track with my news. I found a little primer on NYtimes that may be useful for those of you who are equally confused by the coverage. For those of you who are well-versed, drop me a line to let me know if the primer is any good or if you’d like to share your opinions. I’m not certain if I’m for or against the new plan, but I’m certan things need to change. Too bad that doesn’t translate into having a good solution.
And here’s a little piece for all you procrastinators out there about a fast clock for your menu bar from Guy Kawasaki. Haha.
To end, here is something cute to look at for your enjoyment. Check out the juice boxes and hamburger, too. Thanks to SL for that link!
Until next time,