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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

News


  • ARCH Session at APHA 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. The ARCH session at APHA's Virtual Annual Meeting is now public. Alice Guan, Jasmin Woo, Arnab Mukherjea, Isabel Van Nguyen, and Van Ta Park will be presenting. This will take place on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 2-3:30 PM PST.
    The link is here: apha.confex.com
  • Preliminary Analyses of ARCH Member Thu T Nguyen’s Research was Featured in an Op-Ed Published in the Chicago Tribune. In an opinion piece discussing racism, Julie Morita speaks about the increased racism targeting Asian Americans, which features preliminary analyses from Thu T Nguyen’s Twitter observational study.
    Op-Ed link is here: www.chicagotribune.com
  • ARCH members, Brandon Yan, Fiona Ng, Janet Chu, Janice Tsoh and Tung Nguyen recently published in Health Affairs addressing high COVID-19 fatality rates among the Asian American population.
    Check out the website here: www.healthaffairs.org
  • COVID-19 Fact Check. ARCH interns and UCSF medical students, Fiona Ng and Hallen Pham, developed a website with reliable and easy-to-understand information about coronavirus in seven languages with the intent to better fight against this pandemic together and eliminate fear and potential harm from misinformation. More languages, such as Russian, Tagalog, etc. to come!
    Check out the website here: covid19factcheck.com
  • Congratulations! Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH will be promoted to Associate Professor at CSU East Bay.
  • Distributing COVID-19 Fact Sheets in Multiple Languages. In collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing, the COVID-19 Health Literacy Project has created and translated accessible COVID-19 information into 35+ languages to help all patients, especially immigrants and non-English speaking communities, stay informed and healthy. Our materials include fact sheets on COVID-19 prevention, management, pregnancy, and information for children. These materials are freely available without any copyright restrictions.
    You can find the fact sheets here: covid19healthliteracyproject.com
  • IMPACT-AD will be hosting a new program to train clinical trialists in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD), September 13-17, 2020 in San Diego, CA. IMPACT-AD is now accepting applications and is open to a diverse range of clinicians, scientists, and research professionals, including those with and without previous experience in ADRD. Participation is open to all individuals with a full-time position at their respective institution. IMPACT-AD will arrange and cover all travel costs for accepted trainees. Training topics will include ADRD trial design, participant-related issues, trial ethics, analysis plans, outcome measures, study management and more.
    For more information, visit: impact-ad.org

Grants


  • Two ARCH members received research awards from Rutgers Asian Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). Congratulations! For more information: https://rcmar.rutgers.edu/rcmarscientists
    • JiWon Choi: SHARE (Share History, Activity, Resilience, and Experience) project among Asian American older adult caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Mentors: Van Park, Janice Tsoh
    • Arnab Mukherjea: Culturally appropriate interventions to increase CRC screening in South Asian Populations. Mentors: Scarlett Lin Gomez, Susan Ivey
JiWon Choi Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH
  • Arnab Mukherjea received Pilot Study Grant from the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) at UCSF. Project title “Understanding Potential Influence of Social, Cultural, and Historical Traumas on Health of Diverse South Asian Communities in California.” CADC primary mentor is Tung Nguyen.
Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH

Publications


  • Kanaya co-authored a paper examining association between five neighborhood factors and physical activity behaviors in a community-based cohort of South Asian Americans. Data were from the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study 2010-2013 (n = 906). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32418001.
  • Nguyen, Thu examined Twitter tweets containing at least one race-related term from June 2015-December 2017. Tweets were merged with birth data of that year. It was found that poor birth outcomes was associated with negative social context relating to race. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32298232.
  • Mukherjea et al. is currently in press for the Topics in Language Disorders. The paper is titled A Human Rights Perspective on Palliative Care: Unraveling Disparities and Determinants among Asian American Populations. It examines palliative care in the Asian American population to understand if unique considerations are taken during end-of-life care.

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