Upcoming Research Seminars

October 4, 2017- CAMS Research Committee Presents: Diabetes Prevalence and Management in the New York Chinese Community

Speaker: George Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Summary: Coming soon....

Past Research Seminars

May 30, 2017- CAMS Research Committee Presents: Health Disparities in Early Life Exposure to Environmental Toxicants & Psychosocial Stressors: An Emerging Need for Pregnancy & Child Cohort Development in Asian Americans and immigrants

Speaker: Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu, ScD, Director, NY/NJ NIOSH-ERC (Education & Research Center) Pilot Projects Training Program Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine & Public Health Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Summary: Maternal prenatal exposure and early childhood exposure to environmental and psychosocial factors may play an important role in early life health disparities, including cardiopulmonary, neurodevelopmental and birth outcomes. It is essential to develop a structured research cohort to investigate the complex synergistic effects of multi-level environment, including physical toxicants, psychosocial stressors, cultural factors, occupational exposures, and epigenetic variants. To date, very few studies in the U.S. have focused on Asian Americans or immigrants even though this is one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the past decades in the U.S. with documented health disparities and differential exposure to chemicals and stress; further, none have focused on prenatal exposures and early childhood development. Thus, expanding environmental disparities research to this demographic will have significant public health impact.

April 4, 2017- CAMS Research Committee Presents: Positive Minds-Strong Bodies: Building Community Capacity for Disability Prevention for Minority Elders

Speaker: Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health and Medicine at NYU School of Medicine

Summary: Chinese elders represent a rapidly increasing segment of an aging U.S. population, with less access to mental health care, suffering significant disparities in access and quality care, and augmented risk for disability. Fresh approaches are needed that move services into the community to meet potential elder needs in a culturally and linguistically competent environment that is inherently embedded in the client’s neighborhood. To address these disparities and prevent disability among Chinese elders, the Positive Minds- Strong Bodies study examines how to successfully build collaborative research for the provision of evidence-based mental health and disability prevention treatments in community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve Chinese elderly clients. This presentation will provide an overview of the mental health burden in Chinese, gaps in mental health services, preliminary data on the study population, a description of study aims, details of the multi-level intervention, and process for referring Chinese patients.

February 22, 2017- CAMS Research Committee Presents: Measuring the Health of NYC Residents: NYC HANES and Other Innovative Measurement Approaches

Speaker: Lorna Thorpe, Ph.D., M.P.H. Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Vice Chair for Strategy and Planning Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine.

September 13, 2016 - CAMS Research Committee Presents: American Chinese Population and Mortality in NYC
Speaker: Wenhui Li, PhD, Director, Statistical Analysis and Reporting, Vital Statistics/Vital Records, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
A research seminar on American Chinese population and mortality in New York City. We discussed some comparisons between US and NYC Chinese population, between NH whites and Chinese, leading causes of death, etc. 

June 15, 2016 - CAMS Research Committee Presents: Obesity Disparities in Asian American Population
Speaker: Stella Yi, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor at the NYU School of Medicine, Department of Population Health. She is a cardiovascular disease epidemiologist, and her work focuses on both community and policy-based initiatives for the reduction of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. She has expertise in applied epidemiology in practice, cardiometabolic risk and lifestyle-related behaviors, and population-level perspectives on Asian American health disparities.

April 13, 2016 - CAMS Research Committee Presentation: Introduction to Public Health Surveillance
Speaker: Dr. Vivian Huang, Director of Adult Immunization, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Dr. Huang gave a 45 minute introductory presentation on national open surveillance systems such as those conducted by the CDC, New York Department of Health.

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