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Posted in Uncategorized by missamyyu on September 20, 2009

Hepatitis B Outreach Updates

September has been an incredible whirlwind of hepatitis B outreach activities.  I’ve been out at events every weekend this month.  Finished with another Vietnamese screening (we held one in partnership with the Vietnamese Reach for Health Coalition last weekend, which was very successful!) today.  This one was held at a Vietnamese church, and it ran smoothly despite less than expected numbers attending.  However, UP did a good job setting this up and gaining the church’s buy-in, so I’m proud of her work for this summer.

In retrospect, I believe that in order for our outreach projects to be more successful, we’ll need to return to the partnered education and screenings  instead of trying to squeeze ourselves into the Sunday church schedule. Unless we have the entire church’s buy-in, it is difficult to incorporate our education and screening program.

I just heard of two new high school hepatitis B awareness groups that will be forming from students who attended our Youth Leadership Conference in August.  It makes me really excited to hear that we are able to inspire these young leaders to take action in their communities.

SF Treasure Island Dragon Boat Festival (Sept. 26 & 27th) next weekend!  Come out and enjoy the races and stop by our booth for hepatitis B education – or better yet, sign up to volunteer by contacting alcvolunteers@gmail.com

Social Media Fun
I have been fiddling with various social media tools / widgets this past week.  One of my particular favorites is the introduction of TimesPeople on NYTimes.com where I can directly tweet, facebook, digg, etc. articles that I find intriguing.  Plus, I can also recommend articles, and these articles will show up on my TimesPeople profile where those who follow me can read about my suggestions. I think this is a fantastic move for NYTimes to make the news (especially their news articles) much more accessible to others through peer dissemination. You can find me under the handle missamyyu if you ever decide to you use it.

Posterous has also been a newly acquired social media toy that I’m learning how to use. So bear with me as I test out various posterous features.

Had a fun time teaching BC about Twitter, and had a hilarious exchange about retweeting, and how retweeting only applies to those who are alive.  [Note, he’s an author, so that is how we got to talking about retweeting dead individuals like Ernest Hemingway.]

Of Interest
Tried my hand at mashed cauliflower (the healthier alternative to mashed potatoes) the other day.  Tasted pretty good despite my overuse of butter.

Also, in case you missed it, here’s an article “A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul” from the NYTimes.com that highlights the win-win outcomes by integrating culturally sensitive programs into healthcare.

Thanks for reading,
Amy

Without Gmail (and Twitter)

Posted in Personal Actions by missamyyu on September 1, 2009

Hello,

It’s around 2:00 PM on September 1st (Happy September!), and if you’re like me,  you might be constantly clicking the “refresh” button on your browser in hopes that your Gmail account will load.  There’s currently a server outage (and yes, Google is quite aware), and so for those of us who do not use IMAP or POP, we are stuck until the server starts running again.  I tried to tweet about this, too, and I got the following picture (the fail whale):

What I got when I tried to tweet about gmail being down.  How funny.

"Twitter is over capacity" What I got when I tried to tweet about gmail being down. How funny.

Just thought I’d share this little piece of humor with you as I’m waiting for gmail to boot back up so I can send off a grant and get back to writing my essays.

Best,
Amy

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At the Computer

Posted in Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer, Personal Actions by missamyyu on August 21, 2009

Hi Reader,

Overview: ALC website update, YLC section overhaul, delicious Indian Food, Twitter things, and weekend highlights!  I can’t believe it is already Friday.  As EN said in a tweet, this was the fastest week ever.  I’m looking forward to this weekend to have the opportunity to hammer out some more application things and for my picnic adventure.  Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy.

Asian Liver Center / Jade Ribbon Campaign Updates
Finished updating portions of the ALC website with pictures and some videos.  I’ve drawn satisfaction from the redesign of the Youth Leadership Conference portion of the website where it’s less text heavy, and more picture-heavy (although it can still be argued that there still is too much text).  It’s not completely done, but it will be soon after TC gets the team presentations uploaded onto our YouTube account.  He’s been working hard on them (editing and everything), so hopefully the students will enjoy them.  I’ve also updated with the 99 Ranch Market JRC reusable bag photos on our Flickr account as well.   Staring at the computer screen coding brings back fun memories of coding late into the night when html was still the new kid on the block.  Of course, this constant staring has also dried my eyes out (oi!).

I created a Jade Ribbon Campaign “twibbon” for those who use Twitter and would like to join the Jade Ribbon Campaign.  Basically it puts up a little icon on your Twitter icon indicating you support the cause.  There are a lot of various twibbons out there, so you can definitely explore.  Regardless of the social media platform, customization is always in style.   You can find the JRC twibbon here.  This is an example:

Going to help TC with a Korean Church education and screening this Sunday – that shall be fun!  Excitement for educating people.

Personal Commentary

Went out to fantastic Indian food last night at Amber India Restaurant in Mountain View with CT.  The food was delicious and the service was excellent.  I definitely reccommend it to anyone who enjoys good food.  I hope to return soon.

I’ve found that most of my news now consists of what I read in Twitter feeds.  It initially struck me as a bit odd considering that I used to get my news from browsing the NYTimes.com website (not that I don’t anymore, but with less frequency), but after a bit of thought it didn’t.  As we’re continuing to use social media to let our friends know of various news items we find important, these platforms become dynamic news sources instead of stagnant ones.  Now, I don’t have to go in search of news – it comes to me.  And, I can choose what things come to me through the people I follow.  Maybe I should begin following Kristof and Dowd so I at least get my daily dose of NYtimes.

I’ll be going on my picnic tomorrow with CT.  We’ll be headed out to Safeway to purchase the goods tonight, so I’m looking forward to that.  I’ll let you know how the picnic goes.

Personal Commentary
Went out to fantastic Indian food last night at Amber India Restaurant in Mountain View with CT.  The food was delicious and the service was excellent.  I definitely reccommend it to anyone who enjoys good food.  I hope to return soon.
I’ve found that most of my news now consists of what I read in Twitter feeds.  It initially struck me as a bit odd considering that I used to get my news from browsing the NYTimes.com website (not that I don’t anymore, but with less frequency), but after a bit of thought it didn’t.  As we’re continuing to use social media to let our friends know of various news items we find important, these platforms become dynamic news sources instead of stagnant ones.  Now, I don’t have to go in search of news – it comes to me.  And, I can choose what things come to me through the people I follow.  Maybe I should begin following Kristof and Dowd so I at least get my daily dose of NYtimes.
I’ll be going on my picnic tomorrow with CT.  We’ll be headed out to Safeway to purchase the goods tonight, so I’m looking forward to that.  I’ll let you know how the picnic goes.

Thanks for reading!
Amy

Youth Leadership Conference 2009 Part 1 :)

Posted in Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer by missamyyu on August 11, 2009

Greetings from Hot-lanta!

Currently taking a break in the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia (Shout out to LC!).  I am currently attending the CDC’s 3rd Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media.  AG is presenting on the Jade Ribbon Campaign, and I have a poster presentation on Youth Leadership Conference.  Speaking of Youth Leadership Conference – it was FANTASTIC!!  I had hoped to do daily updates about the exciting things that went on, but alas, each day was full of the many to-do’s and running around.  The students were really great this year, and I was very much impressed with their work on Team Challenges.  The speakers for the conference were also brilliant and super inspiring.  When I get back to the office and am able to pull pictures from the server, I’ll update with brief intros about them and their talks.

I took away quite a bit of things from the conference this year.  One, is that high school students don’t use Twitter.  I didn’t know that!  They claim that it is “stalkerish,” something “old people use,” and it’s useless.  They much rather prefer the Facebook platform since all they really want to know is what their friends are doing.  How interesting!  In fact, you can read about it on Beth Kanter’s blog.  I’m so jazzed that we were highlighted on her blog!  Beth Kanter is one of the leading women in social media technology, so it is an incredible honor to be on her website.  There are even pictures of the students, CL, and me on her Flickr!

I am really indebted to CL for finding Beth’s blog and to BE for making the connection – who knew the world was so small!   I really hope the YLC students take away at least something from her presentation.  I have to admit here that this conference’s theme Web 2.0 was in part, a personal interest that I wanted to expand, and I hope that the students, although perhaps not exactly creators quite yet (well, beyond creating just for their friends), will be able to take what they learned and utilize it in the years to come!

The students came up with some very innovative ideas for social media projects to advance hepatitis B and liver cancer awareness, and I’m looking forward to actually incorporating a lot of their ideas.  This year, many of the ideas are definitely scalable and usable, and I can’t wait to get back in the office to think how to incorporate them into the ALC’s social media / communication plan.    We’ll be  posting up their final presentations on the ALC website soon, so make sure to check it out (I’ll let you all know when it’s up).

The Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health is a conference designed to provide high school students from across the nation with the tools and skills to effect change in their communities and to inspire them to take leadership roles; however, I feel that YLC isn’t just a growing experience just for the students – it is a growing experience for the interns, the Jade Ribbon Youth Council, and especially for me.  I sincerely hope that the Team Leaders (ALC interns) and Assistant Team Leaders (JRYC) had a great time with the conference, and came away with an experience that helped them grow into being more confident leaders.  It’s a very different experience learning to guide a team of high school students and trying to inspire morale and expand their minds.  This year, for feedback, I’m really interested in not just what the YLC participants have to say in how we can improve the conference, I really want to hear what our interns and JRYC have to say.

One thing that I learned this conference (among the many things from all the speakers!) comes from an incident that occured during our late-night YLC staff meeting.  This was Thursday evening – the end of the second day of the conference, and everyone was very tired and rather un-energized.  Not to go into details (you can ask me if you wish.  And big props to RN for talking it through with me that night), but what I learned from this experience was that as a leader, I need to really make sure I open up communication between those I’m working with so that they can let me know if anything is going wrong or if they are frustrated about my management.  This year, I put a lot more trust in my interns to run YLC on their own (much more than I did last year since I was green to the whole management thing and to YLC), but that may have put more stress on them and I probably didn’t offer enough guidance.  So, I’m really looking forward to their feedback this year (I made a list of 30 odd questions for them, so I’m hoping I get some constructive responses).  Leadership is all about communication, and a good leader is able to promote and maintain open dialogue between the people who work with him/her.  Michael Chen put it eloquently: in order for a boat to get somewhere, everyone needs to be paddling together, both the leader and the team, in a synergistic manner.  And for that to happen, open communication needs to be established and cultivated.

But how do you critique  something to your direct supervisor?  I will be the first to admit that I haven’t had the most positive thoughts about every project that I do or think the best of the way a boss manages things, but looking back, I should have said something, even if my supervisor didn’t extend that hand.  If I’m frustrated and I don’t tell my boss, then he/she won’t know, and we can’t work together to find an agreeable solution.  I think it’s the responsibility of both parties to reach out to each other. Dialogue only works when both parties are involved.

I know that a lot of my interns often doubt certain aspects of our various projects (and I’m glad they do, because it shows that they are thinking about them!), but feel uncomfortable saying it directly to me.  So, I’m glad they have other staff to speak to about those uncertainties.  I want to be there for them, but I am probably not the best person to talk to, especially since I’m their outreach coordinator.  I am also glad that during YLC, AG, CC, SC, and MB were able to bring the interns snacks, gatorade, and send encouraging text messages to keep morale high.  It’s hard to listen to one person (aka me) yap about what needs to be done and still keep a smile on your face.  I’m realizing more and more, the way that you hold yourself, your facial expressions, etc. all make a huge impact on how the rest of your team acts and responds.

Alright, enough ruminations from me.  Thanks for reading – if you got through all that (and even if you didn’t thanks for reading the portions that you read).  Time to go to another workshop on how to evaluate web 2.0 efforts.

Also, welcome to Club 23, DT.  It was good speaking with you over the phone yesterday.

Yours,
Amy

Web 2.0 Excitement

Posted in Of Interest, Personal Actions by missamyyu on July 15, 2009

Hi All,

I’m currently taking a Web 2.0 with Robin Stavisky through the Stanford Continuing Studies program, and we had two FANTASTIC speaker today: Michael Brito from Intel and Jeremiah Owyang from Forrester.  Michael did a fantastic presentation on Twitter and Jeremiah did an equally fantastic presentation on social media metrics / evaluation.  It was super interesting to learn how to utilize Twitter for business use /communication use, and how to look at good and bad social marketing strategies.  One huge take away: social marketing is about communication, not advertising.

Both speakers had some pretty fantastic slides and some good resources for those interested in the future of social media, etc.  Here’s the link to Jeremiah’s blog: http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/ and here is Michael’s Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/Britopian).  They are such nice and intelligent people.  A big thank you to the both of them for taking the time to come and speak with us.

There’s SO much out there, and I haven’t even had a chance to think about how to utilize all these great tools for maximum effect (and fun).    Hopefully I’ll be able to apply some of this to the Jade Ribbon Campaign at some point, but we’ll see.   There’s always much more to do than there is time.

I’ll post some links up about using Twitter for Businesses and other interesting information when I can.  Work’s going to be pretty brutal for the next  four/five weeks with lots of outreach events and Youth Leadership Conference at the end.

Thanks for reading, and let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to focus on!

Yours,
Amy