Quiet Determination in Action

Hep B PSA and Picnics

Posted in Uncategorized by missamyyu on August 23, 2009

Helped with a perinatal hep B public service announcement filming that SC and CC are heading up for their perinatal hep B project. The extent of my role was dropping off an intern and seeting up the green room for the child actors; however, despite my small role, I did enjoy seeing AD and his crew set up their filming area.  I’m excited for the PSA because it will help to encourage mothers to make sure their newborns are vaccinated against hepatitis B and educate them on why their newborn should be vaccinated.  I’ve been doing some listening online via Twitter and mommy blogs, and have found that there is a great deal of misinformation (as with many things) about the hepatitis B vaccine and its safety and necessity.  If you’d like me to go into more detail, just email me and we chat about it.

I do enjoy getting up early because I feel so accomplished by noon.  Was able to get quite a bit done today in terms of errands, and the highlight of my morning was brunching with RN at Stacks.  Had the opportunity to catch up with him, and then got a delightful presentation about the perks of the Palm Pre.  I really like the multitask capability of the Palm Pre and its ability to synergistically pull together all your data together.  One thing that I’m thinking that the iPhone has is that I can take video and pictures on it easily to upload.  Does anyone have any thoughts?  I’d love to hear them.

After brunch, RN accompanied me to get Mizuno running shoes, and the strangest thing happened: bills of money rolled down the street toward me.  Normally, if I see a dime or a penny on the street, I feel a bit of giddiness; however, with these bills, I felt a sense of dread – I couldn’t find the owners of the money, and I felt guilty for having it in my hand.  So, I decided to give it to a homeless woman; hopefully, she put it to good use and got herself some food.  Hm, I forgot to ask her her name.

Went on a picnic dinner with CT at the Oval. Our plans to hike along Foothills Park’s trails were thwarted today by the lack of evidence that we live in Palo Alto.  We will need to return so we can see the scenic sites!  On a side note, avacados are a delicious addition to any food, especially sandwiches.  And the Stanford campus is just gorgeous.  I will definitely miss it when I’m no longer here.

Looking forward to the Korean Church Screening tomorrow,



Hepatitis B Youth Outreach & Social Media

Posted in Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer, Of Interest by missamyyu on August 20, 2009

Dear Reader,

Jade Ribbon Campaign news and social media fun are all on today’s agenda.  Hope you’re doing well, and thank goodness the week is almost over (although, I’m not sure if I really like that considering the need to write secondaries).

Asian Liver Center / Jade Ribbon Campaign Update
Finally got around to uploading the online Jade Ribbon Youth Council 2009-2010 application onto the Asian Liver Center website.  I’m excited for what this year’s 15-person high school council will come up with to raise awareness about hepatitis B.

Finally post-processed the Youth Leadership Conference 2009 photos today.  Had the opportunity to teach TC, AC, and CL a little post-processing in Photoshop – I always like to get people Photoshop savvy!  Thx to TC and AC for helping me with the last set of photos.  And, TC has been a great help in uploading the team videos.  I’m looking to upload all those on the ALC website tomorrow.

Also, been talking with SC about nominating HepBMoms (part of the perinatal hepatitis B project SC and CC have been working on) for the Intel “Vote for a Cause” contest on Facebook.  The grand prize will be marketing with Intel – how exciting would that be?  Working on that – hopefully you’ll help out with the voting!

Social Media Fun
I’m not sure when I got into the whole social media thing (some time last year when I was drafting up what YLC 2009 should look like), but it sure is exciting.  It has been really great to meet all these incredibly talented and insightful people who are on the cutting edge of social media (e.g. Beth Kanter & Michael Brito to name a few) – and are so nice!

Today, CL and I attended a social media discussion hosted by Richard “Frosty” Welch from HP that included a guest panel of Michael Brito (Intel), Angela LoSasso (HP), Steve Rubel (Edelman Digital), and Richard Brewer-Hay (Ebay). Great comments about social media theory and practice that  can adapted for non-profit work.  CL and I had questions about how to leverage social media to raising awareness to a public that isn’t already talking about hepatitis B, and Michael and Steve had some great feedback.  Michael even offered to sit down and speak with us about strategy!

Note for self: need to look into Posterous, Friendfeed, and continue to dig around Social Mention

Of Personal Interest
Writing an email to the Stanford Alumni San Francisco group about my dismay with their endorsement of GenerationRescue and the group’s claim that vaccines cause autism and misinforming folks.  So much for doing due diligence and slapping the Stanford name onto irresponsible, media-friendly celebrities.  Here’s a science based resource to such misinformed assertions.  Join me if you think this is wrong, too.

Considering investing in an iPhone or a PalmPre.  Also, heard from a good friend KK – this made me very happy and somewhat nostalgic for the days when we walked to and from Roble to Mudd.

And last, but certainly not least, happy 9th, CT! 🙂  Can’t wait for picnic day!

Thank you for reading,

Reaffirmation of HBV testing for pregnant women

Posted in Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer by missamyyu on July 13, 2009