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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Brief update on youth action to eradicate hepatitis B. Been a little swampped at work with various projects and trying to finish up secondary applications for medical school.
Youth Hepatitis B Awareness Groups
We have roughly 6 or 7 new high school hepatitis B awareness chapters this year from students who attended the 7th Annual Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health. The students who are creating these groups are all fantastic and are just so incredibly enthusiastic to raise awareness about hepatitis B and liver cancer in their communities. The chapters range from Northern California to Southern California to Georgia and to New York. There might also be one in Texas soon. I’m really impressed by all the students’ effort and willingness to improve the health of their communities; I wish I had that drive when I was younger. I’m really looking forward to seeing their groups grow and am trying to think of ways to make sure that these students are recognized for their leadership. This is just a testament to the efficacy of empowering youth to address a health disparity, and how our youth leadership conference is a model program. Youth are so innovative and enthusiastic, and by teaching them the skills to enact their own outreach projects, they can do real good in their communities.
Also reading Jade Ribbon Youth Council applications. I’m a bit behind because I was pushing a grant through and preparing things for my next potential corporate partner – which will be very exciting. More details later.
And good news, our new Outreach Coordinator will be officially starting on September 30th, and I will be transitioning full time to Corporate Outreach and Advocacy. And while I’m looking forward to my new position,where there is great opportunity for innovation and leadership development, I will have to admit that I am going to miss working on the ALC’s outreach programming at large. After spending a year building relationships in the ethnic communities and working to make our youth programming exciting and sustainable, I am relunctant to leave that arena. I will really miss working with the interns and the high school students – it is really all about the people at the end. However, the new Outreach Coordinator DN will be a fantastic addition to our team and will bear the Outreach Coordinator mantle well. Plus, there are new and exciting things ahead!
And to end things today, check out this nifty little article on tracking where your waste – both garbage and recylcing – actually go. I’m interested in seeing what the results are for this project
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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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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.
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.
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Returned to work at the ALC today – it’s a little strange to come back to the office on a Friday having been out the entire week. Seems like the week just started. Taking care of some post-YLC things. Can’t wait to see the results from the pre and post surveys from the students. I enjoyed reading through the intern and JRYC feedback; it was very helpful to read through everyone’s candid take on how YLC was organized. I think the conference is getting better and better each year, and I can’t wait to see what will happen at the 8th Annual YLC.
Here’s me at the CDC’s 3rd Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media in front of my poster on the YLC. As mentioned in my previous post, many people were interested in replicating the program, so if you would like to see any of our materials, let me know. We are more than happy to share!
I’ll post up pictures from YLC when I get PD’s cd of photos. We have some from our own camera, but alas, we’re not the best photographers. I’ll try and sift through some of them and post them soon. I’m really excited to share all the great speakers, challenges, and everything with all of you. I have some neat ideas for next year too – which include having a webinar that is open to everyone around the world, a blogging post at the end of the day, and live recording of students’ thoughts – so we’ll see where that goes.
In other news, I’m helping EC with a lung cancer survey that will be distributed via mail. My job is to make this brochure look pretty and inviting so that people open it. I’m uncertain about the success of the project in terms of people actually filling it out, but hopefully I can create something that will attract people’s attention! Once it’s created, I’ll post it, and perhaps people can give me feedback.
Got a good stargazing tool from DH It helps stargazers with forecasts of the night sky. What a gem! For those of you who are in the Stanford area, good places to go for stargazing include: FootHills Park, Stanford Observatory, Monte Bello, and Skyline. 🙂 Can’t wait to go on another night hike. ::sigh:: DH, SL – you need to come back!
I realize that I didn’t say anything about Miss Asian America Pageant 2009! It was a great event, and we were able to raise $1700+ for the Jade Ribbon Campaign. ST made me a Jade Ribbon dress (I still have yet to get a picture of me wearing it!), and it was a HUGE hit. RL and the MAA 2008 Queen and court were helpful with encouraging pageant attendees to support the Jade Ribbon Campaign. I even had a chance to speak with the Sugar Bowl Bakery CEO and his wife again! They are incredibly sweet (no pun intended!). CT, SW, and DC were very helpful, and I’m very indebted to them for coming out to help. The entire experience was pretty tiring since I literally ran from the end of YLC to MAA, but I’m glad I went. Will post pictures when I get them.
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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!
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