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The Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH) includes prominent researchers, community leaders, and clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center will maintain an open and collaborative environment to carry out the vision, which is to be a leader in Asian American health research to promote health and health equity in partnership with Asian American communities.

Tung Nguyen, MD, ARCH Director
Janice Tsoh, PhD, ARCH Co-Director


  • Dear ARCHers and Colleagues, Please join us this Thursday (November 19) 3-4:30 via zoom for ARCH Quarterly Meeting!

    • In addition to the two presentations, please come to share the COVID-19 related work that you are doing and planning to do that involves AAPI community. Tung will be our moderator. Looking forward to seeing you via zoom!

    • ARCH Quarterly Meeting Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:00 to 4:30 PST

      Zoom: https://ucsf.zoom.us/j/94652889326

      Meeting ID: 946 5288 9326 Password: 542288

    • 3:00 - 3:30 Business (Members only)
    • 3:30 - 4:30 Presentations
      • Genetic Counseling and Testing for Asian Americans: A Systematic Review Jennifer Young, PhD, AMFT, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
      • WeChat-To-Quit: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Messaging-based Smoking Cessation Intervention for Chinese American Smokers Kara Young, MA, Health Educator/Research Assistant Joyce Cheng, MS, Executive Director Chinese Community Health Resource Center (CCHRC)
      • COVID-19 and Asian Americans, Related Research: Updates from ARCH Members and Attendees Moderated by Tung Nguyen, MD, Professor, University of California San Francisco
    • 4:30 Adjourn

    Future meetings:
    • Feb 18, 2021 3:30 - 5:00 PM **Co-hosted with Dr. Grace Yoo and colleagues at San Francisco State University
    • May 20, 2021 3:00 PM
    • Nov 18, 2021 03:00 PM
  • ASPIRE Awarded PCORI Enhancement Funding for UCSF COVID-19 Patient and Community Advisory Board. UCSF COVID Patient and Community Advisory Board (PCAB) has been funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). COVID-19 has exacerbated health disparities experienced in African Americans, Latinx, American Indians and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, possibly leading to decline in research participation. To address this issue, COVID PCAB will work with researchers by connecting them to diverse patients, community leaders, and other stakeholders.
    More information can be found here: ctsi.ucsf.edu/news/ucsf-covid-research-patient-and-community-advisory-board-motion-receives-pcori-funding


  • ARCH Associate member Angela Sy received a research award from Rutgers Asian Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). Congratulations! For more information: https://rcmar.rutgers.edu/rcmar-scientists
    • Angela Sy: Impact of Caregiving for Older Adults with Dementia on the Quality of Life and Health Status of Asian American Family Caregivers. Mentor: Merle Kataoka-Yahiro, DrPH
JiWon Choi
  • Van Park, Janice Tsoh and Linda Park along with collaborators from UCD and ICAN received a COVID-19 Admin Supplement.
    • Project title: “COVID-19 Effects on the Mental and Physical Health of AAPI Survey Study (COMPASS).” The goal of COMPASS is to assess the effects of COVID-19 on AAPI.
Van Ta Park, PhD, MPH Janice Tsoh, PhD


  • Kanaya co-authored a paper that estimated prediabetes and T2DM incidence after 5 years of follow-up in the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America study (n=481) and examined the associated correlates. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32646924.
  • Kanaya co-authored a paper that examined the association of alcohol consumption and ideal cardiovascular health among South Asians: The Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32735738.
  • Ho, Pak and Jih have a manuscript in press for Health Equity. The paper is titled, Pilot Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of Integrative Nutritional Counseling Versus Standard Diabetes Self-Management Education for Chinese Americans with Type 2 Diabetes. A diabetic integrative nutritional counseling program that combined Chinese medicine principles with biomedical nutrition standards was developed and tested for feasibility among Chinese Americans.

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