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Our Mission

The Center for Asian Health Research and Education was founded in October 2018 to provide a common place for research, education and clinical care support allowing disparate faculty, staff, community members and trainees to share ideas and common resources. Currently, there is a lack of resources and community. In particular, given the nature of Asian Health research, multi-disciplinary groups are needed.

At Stanford, no other centers are significantly investigating and developing educational/clinical care for Asians. Stanford has advantages over other Universities in this area of health research, education and care due to unique patient, faculty/staff and student Demographics, Disease, Epidemiologic/Health economics and humanities expertise.

Areas of Strategic Focus

Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

South Asians (people from India, Paikstan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka) have a higher risk of heart and vascular disease than any other ethnic groups. There is a need for research in this area for effective ways to prevent and treat heart disease in South Asians, who may have different risk factors for heart disease than other ethnic groups do.

Cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Asian-Americans. In particular, Asian-Americans have the highest rate of liver and stomach cancers. They are nearly three times more likely to develop liver cancer than non-Hispanic Whites, and twice as likely to develop stomach cancer. In the United States, Asian-Americans account for approximately half of chronic Hepatitis B cases, a precursor to liver disease and cancer.

Longevity

As life expectancy for people around the world continues to lengthen, we need innovative approaches to maintain physical and mental health throughout the lifespan. Asians comprise about 60% of the world's population, so it is especially important to ensure that we leverage the tools of precision to provide the best treatment possible for Asians. 

News

CARE Community Health and Culture Fair brings together faculty, students and community members for an afternoon of health screenings, talks and performances

The CARE Community Health and Culture Fair, held on April 27th, was a huge success! Watch the video above to learn more about CARE and the Health Fair.

The afternoon consisted of talks on health topics by Stanford Faculty and Guest Lecturers, Health Screenings, and Cultural Perofrmances. The speakers and health topics covered were:

  • Melasma: Dr. Tyler Hollmig
  • Cholesterol: Dr. Terry Moran
  • Gastric Cancer: Dr. Joo Ha Hwang
  • Alcohol Flush: Dr. Che-Hong Chen
  • Cardiovascular Disease: Dr. Rajesh Dash
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer: Dr. A. Dimitrios Colevas
  • Liver Disease: Dr. Samuel So

 

Health screenings included Alcohol Flush, Cholesterol, Glucose, Blood Pressure and Skin Checks. Participants also got the chance to receive a complimentary massage! Guests were treated to the wonderful performances by Raagapella, MLH Vietnamese Dance, as well as a Dance and Drum performace.