Organizing Free COVID-19 Testing for Vulnerable Communities

Free COVID-19 testing for the Filipino and Chinese community on October 24th, from 10am-4pm! I had fun making these flyers to advertise the testings and explain more about COVID-19. I am excited to be able to help organize screenings for my community and will also be helping organize screenings for other minority communities, such as ethnic and religious minorities.

Flyers shown below were targeted toward the Filipino community.

COVID-19 Flyers in Tagalog

I had the honor and pleasure of helping create these informational COVID-19 flyers (about physical and mental health) for the Filipino community. These flyers are in Tagalog, which is spoken in the Philippines, but we also created flyers in Khmer, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Lao, Hindi and English.

Graduate School–Fourth Year (So Far!)

Fall Semester

  • Passed candidacy exam—-became a PhD candidate
  • Resumed Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship
  • Appointed to the College of Public Health’s Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) as its PhD representative
  • Organized free COVID-19 community testing for Filipino and Chinese communities in Ohio, serving roughly 80 individuals
  • Presented “Behind the Data: Evaluating Data Quality and Hidden Subjectivity” for a California-based non-profit for high-schoolers interested in policy and advocacy work
  • Attended the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s “Preparing for the Professoriate VIRTUAL Retreat”
  • Attended the 2020 Council on Research in Student Progress and Educational Excellence (CRISPEE) Conference
  • Organized free COVID-19 community testing for Dayton area, serving

Young Leaders Summit: Speak up! Policy Advocacy

Of all the panels I’ve done, this was one of the most rewarding! I had the chance to meet with dozens of AAPI youth, many of whom were still in middle school and high school, to talk about policy advocacy. It was amazing to witness the drive these students have to change their local, state, and national environments  (there were almost 200 attendees!) and I’m so excited to see what they all will do.

Asian Community Alliance May Programs

Even during the pandemic, Asian Community Alliance is still serving the community. This month, they are holding their programs virtually in their ACA May Series—see the list of great presentations below, including one that I will give on destigmatizing mental health! Sign up link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTe7dUTbVWPnJc9bq5J0Pev9UoHKJcgJMuTPcYx6XCXY8u9w/viewform

 

APAMSA Region V Conference 2020

I’m so honored to have been invited to speak at the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association’s (APAMSA) Region V Conference about Asian-American mental health!

https://region528.wixsite.com/apamsaregion5/our-speakers

The conference is still accepting research posters for those interested in showing their work with this community–apply if interested!

8th Annual Ohio Asian American Health Conference

Thank you Asian Community Alliance, Inc and Ohio Asian American Health Coalition for inviting me to present at this conference! It was great to present about destigmatization strategies in AAPI communities and connect with others passionate about mental health.

The Write Stuff

Come see my presentation on journaling as a tool for career development,  reflection, and creative expression! Writing is such a big part of my life and the opportunity to hold a workshop on journaling (and bullet journaling!) is a dream come true!

Graduate School-Third Year Timeline

Fall Semester

  • Elected Secretary of the Health and Wellness Committee of the Asian Festival
  • Began serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the College of Public Health
  • Began serving as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Julianna Nemeth
  • Presented “The Write Stuff,” a journaling and writing-based workshop
  • Won the Karen H. Evans Memorial Scholarship from Ohio Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
  • Presented “Mental Health Stigma: What it is and how do we handle it” breakout session at the 8th Ohio Asian American Health Conference
  • Guest lectured on “Culture and Inequity in Psychology” for an upper-level undergraduate/graduate course (Psychology 5681, Fall 2019)
  • Served as an advisor/staff mentor for the 2019 MUNDO Winter Break trip: Demolishing Preconceptions

Spring Semester

  • Presented “A Beginner’s Guide to Cooking” workshop at the Helpful Tips and Chicken Strips Event
  • Presented an hour long talk about AAPI Mental Health at the APAMSA Region V Conference 2020 (and was the youngest speaker there)
  • Guest lectured (Community Organizing and Social Marketing) in PUBHHBP 3510, Spring 2020

Summer Semester

  • Created and currently leading the inaugural Asian Festival Health and Wellness (AFHW) internship program
  • Presented “Breaking the Cycle of Stigma” with the Asian Community Alliance on May 14th, 2020, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Created recommendations for COVID-19 policies and funding for the governor’s office and public health agencies through serving as on an expert member checking committee for the COVID in Ohio Vulnerable Populations Needs Assessment
  • Served as a Filipino community liaison to create and disseminate COVID-19 information to Ohio Filipino communities
  • Advised high school and college youth about policy advocacy at CLUSA’s Young Leaders for American Summit 2020
  • Began mentoring the COVID-19 Healthcare and Equity cohort for AAPI youth (curriculum designed by me)

Introduction to Mental Health: Destigmatization and Advocacy

So excited to be facilitating my first workshop with Ohio Asian American Health Coalition! This free, public workshop will provide participants with the skills needed to be everyday advocate for mental health and mental health destigmatization. Asian-American Community Services (AACS) is collaborating with us on this event and will be presenting a workshop on human trafficking and sexual assault.