Asian American Women's Health Symposium: Healthy Living During Challenging Times

Time: Thursday, December 8, 2011

Time: 8:30AM to 4PM

Place: 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor
between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan

Fee: $20 (General Public) | Free (Students w/ ID)
Includes breakfast and lunch

Online registration:


Women’s Health Symposium: Healthy Living During Challenging Times is designed to help community healthcare providers learn more about issues affecting Asian American women living in New York City. Topics will include concerns for 50+ and over; human trafficking; patient navigation models; Autistic children; genetic diseases; developmental disabled; connecting with government officials and a healthcare reform update.

Our invited speakers are experts in addressing the health and wellness needs of women of East Asian, South Asian and Pacific Island descent from within the community. We hope their insights will inspire a spirited dialogue about how we can continue to build on maximizing the health care of Asian American women.

The symposium will be of particular interest to health care professionals, health educators, social service providers, students, advocates and individuals who live or work in the community.

Following the conclusion of this symposium, participants will have:

  • An increased awareness of health and social issues that affect Asian American women, as well as those issues that are more prominent in one population versus another;

  • Achieved a better understanding of the mindset of Asian American women when facing challenging issues;

  • An understanding of programs and services from the community to help Asian American women during challenging times.


8:30AM - Registration & Breakfast

9:10AM - Welcome/Opening Remarks

Joyce Moy, Executive Director
Asian American / Asian Research Institute

9:20AM - Health Reform Update

Speaker: Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, MPH
Coalition for Asian American Children & Families

9:45AM - Mammogram Guidelines Update

Speaker: Anita McFarlane, MPH
Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

10:00AM - “Do you hear me?” – Connecting with Your Government Officials

Speaker: JoAnn Yoo
Asian American Federation

10:30AM - Don’t Lose Sleep Over It – Concerns for Women Over 50

Speaker: Marilyn Lam


11:15AM - Caring for Our Patients – Models of Patient Navigation

Liana Chiew
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

Rhodora Ursua, MPH
NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health

Kyung Hee Choi
Holy Name Medical Center

12PM - Genetic Diseases – It’s All in the Genes (Or is it?)

Speaker: Ann Carlson
Weill Cornell Medical College

12:45PM - LUNCH

2PM - A Personal Journey - Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs

Speaker: Jennifer Choi

2:30PM - Break Out Your Moves

Speaker: Liana Chiew
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

2:45PM - Unique Health Challenges of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Giuseppe Sottile, PHD, MBA
General Human Outreach in the Community Inc.

Pat Liu
General Human Outreach in the Community Inc.

3:15PM - Human Trafficking – Unlocking the Chains

Haemy Lee
New York Asian Women’s Center

Andriana L. Ongoiba, MA
Urban Justice Center

Sahnah Lim, MA
Sanctuary for Families

4PM - Closing Remarks


Planning Committee
Rebecca K. F. Sze, FNP, MSN, MPA
Director of Women’s Health Services
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

Henrietta Ho-Asjoe, MPS
Executive Director
General Human Outreach in the Community Inc.

Anita Redrick McFarlane, MPH
Symposium Consultant

Daisy A.Vazquez
Symposium Consultant

Asian American / Asian Research Institute - CUNY
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
General Human Outreach in the Community, Inc.

Community Sponsors
Beth Israel Medical Center
Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC)
Cicatelli Associates Inc.
Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing
Public Health Solutions
Indochina Sino-American Community Center
LANtern (Lupus Asian Network) Program, Hospital for Special Surgery
Morris Heights Health Center
Pace University – Leinhard School of Nursing
Ryan Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center
Visiting Nurse Service of New York





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