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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


  • 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


  • Alka Kanaya received new funding from NHLBI the "Collaborative Cohort of Cohorts for COVID-19 Research (C4R) Study." Dr. Kanaya's MASALA cohort will join 13 other cohorts to conduct a new nationwide study of more than 50,000 individuals to determine factors that predict disease severity and long-term health impacts of COVID-19.
Alka Kanaya
  • Janice Tsoh, Nancy Burke, Tung Nguyen, Minji Kim and other collaborators received funding from the NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program to evaluate a novel approach “Individual and Family-Oriented Responsive Messaging and Education” (INFORMED) that combines lay health worker education outreach with automated text messaging to facilitate COVID-19 testing uptake in Chinese, Hmong and Vietnamese Americans in urban and rural communities.
Janice Tsoh Nancy Burke Tung Nguyen Minji Kim
  • 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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