Community Events

One of CARE’s foundational strategic pillars involves bringing the community into the Asian health conversation through a variety of different programming aimed at educating the public. CARE will engage our local, national, and international communities through the following avenues.

Community Health Talks

Please join us for a monthly series of Community Health Talks by our very own Stanford CARE Faculty and Global Faculty! Community Health Talks present an exciting opportunity for anyone to learn about cutting-edge medical technology, social disparities in health, precision medicine, and much more.

This Community Health Talk Series was made possible through the generous support of the Vincent V.C. Woo Memorial Foundation.

Gout in the Asian Population

February 21st, 2023, 7PM PST

Gout affects 8.3 million Americans, roughly 3.9% of the U.S. population. Gout significantly impacts physical function, productivity, health-related quality of life, and healthcare costs. Uncontrolled gout is also associated with significant utilization of emergent care services. Asian patients are 2.7 times more likely to suffer from gout than Caucasian patients. Dr. Jison Hong will discuss how to recognize gout, the epidemiology of gout, risk factors of gout, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, and the role of diet and weight loss.

Dr. Jison Hong was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States at age 5. She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and Overland Park, Kansas, and went to college at NYU. She completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency training at Rutgers medical school in Newark, New Jersey. She served as a Chief Resident for an additional year and then went on to complete her fellowship training in Rheumatology at Stanford University Medical Center and joined the faculty in the division of Immunology & Rheumatology at Stanford in 2014 as a Clinical Assistant Progressor. She has a particular interest in gout, for which she is currently leading a value-based care project to improve evaluation and management for this patient population and gives lectures on this topic for the Stanford Cardiology Heart Failure fellowship program as well as a continuing medical education lecture for Stanford primary care providers.

Stanford CARE AAPI Heritage Month Special Events

 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the United States. 

The effort to officially recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander contributions to the United States began in the late 1970s, and took over 10 years to make it a permanent month-long celebration.

In 1977, New York representative Frank Horton introduced House Joint Resolution 540, which proposed proclaiming the first 10 days of May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye introduced a similar joint resolution the same year. When the resolutions did not pass, representative Horton introduced House Joint Resolution 1007 the following year, which requested the president to proclaim a week during the first 10 days of May starting in 1979, including May 7 and 10, as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.

After the House and the Senate passed the Resolution, President Jimmy Carter signed it into Public Law 95-419 on October 5, 1978. From 1980 to 1990, each president passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. In 1990, Congress expanded the observance from a week to a month. May was annually designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992 under the George H. W. Bush administration with the passing of Public Law 102-540. Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month was renamed as AAPI Heritage Month in 2009.

Each year, AAPI Heritage Month is celebrated with community festivals, government sponsored activities, and educational activities for community. Come celebrate Stanford CARE 2022 AAPI Heritage Month and AAPI Health Awareness Month events:

About the AANHPI Birth Equity Conference:

In California, 16% of births are among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) families, with significant disparities in quality of care for mothers and babies. Some AANHPI mothers experience higher rates of low risk-cesarean birth and episiotomies compared to other populations, and AANHPI infants have disparate rates of receiving any breastmilk on hospital discharge. AANHPI mothers have reported concerning experiences of discrimination based on their race/ethnicity and language, reported symptoms of depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, and gaps in practical and emotional support postpartum. However, little is known regarding the care and outcomes affecting individual groups of AANHPI.

 Stanford CARE  sponsored AANHPI Birth Equity conference will provide a platform to engage with AANHPI families, their caregivers and key stakeholders in maternal and neonatal quality to identify key drivers of inequitable care and outcomes and provide directions for improvement.

Gastric Cancer Summit

This multi-disciplinary summit brought together physicians, researchers, policy makers, patients, and advocacy groups from around the United States and the world to share experiences and discoveries, with the common goal of creating a roadmap to address the healthcare disparity that exists in gastric cancer. 

Being Asian, Being American

Postcards from Asian American

In this time of rising anti-Asian violence, we are creating a project dedicated to collecting and sharing the stories of Asian-Americans. Tell us two stories: your best and worst experiences as an Asian-American. We invite you to help a loved one share their story, as well. We welcome both written and audio submissions.

We will present these stories as an online gallery and in a podcast. Through our community's collective effort, we endeavor to amplify the stories of Asian-Americans everywhere.

May 20th, 2021: Stuck@HomeConcert: Celebrating Asian Grandmothers

In another senseless act of anti-Asian violence, a white man in San Francisco attacked Xiao Zhen Xie, a 75-year-old Asian grandmother. Ms. Xiao used a wooden board to fight back against her attacker after being punched. Her attacker was bloodied and left on a stretcher while Ms. Xiao walked away. Ms. Xiao is donating almost $1 million, collected from a GoFundMe set up by her grandson, to charities combating hate against Asian-Americans.

Please join us in celebrating the power and grace of Asian grandmothers like Ms. Xiao, with videos and performances from grandmothers and their grandchildren. The performances will be followed by a discussion panel on experiences of generations of Asian-American women.


DEC 4, 2020: Garment Worker Health During COVID-19

We will hear from a variety of experts on the role of health in factory work, the oversight of health in labor improvements and labor rights, and why COVID-19 presents an opportunity to rethink our approach. We will also explore research findings in the larger context of global supply chains, inequality, and other social determinants of health. We will discuss the reality of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, its effects on mental and physical health, and the social policy and social safety nets it demands we provide.

This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the  Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, the UC Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies, and the Stanford Center for South Asia.

APR 27, 2019: CARE Community Health and Culture Fair

The CARE Community Health and Culture Fair, held on April 27, 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 performances. 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 and MLH Vietnamese Dance, as well as a dance and drum performace.