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.

Upcoming 2023 Talks

Heart Disease in Asian Americans- What You Need to Know to Lower Your Risk

January 24th, 2023, 7 PM PST

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing ethnic/racial group in the United States. While heart disease is the leading cause of death for most Asians, our risk isn't the same. In this talk, you will learn about the differences in heart disease risk among different Asian subgroups and understand ways that you can lower your risk through lifestyle and behavioral changes.

Eugene Yang, MD, MS, FACC, is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and holds the Carl and Renée Behnke Endowed Professorship for Asian Health. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowships in cardiovascular disease and advanced cardiac imaging at Stanford.

Dr. Yang is chair of the ACC Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Section, Vice-Chair of the ACC Asia Pacific Scientific Conference, and member of the ACC Annual Scientific Sessions and Lifelong Learning Oversight Committees. He co-chairs the Hypertension Working Group for the ACC Prevention Council. He is the director of the Asian Health Initiative and co-director of the Cardiovascular Wellness and Prevention Program at UW Medicine. His research interests include understanding cardiovascular risk among Asian subgroups and developing new technologies for video-based blood pressure measurement.

Previous 2022 Community Health Talks

Caring for Family Members with Chronic or Serious Illnesses: Roles, Challenges, and Coping

November 8th, 2022, 7 PM PST

Asian cultures typically pride themselves on taking care of the elderly and those with severe or chronic health conditions. Caregiving can be both rewarding and stressful and can become overwhelming. However, individuals with Asian heritage often feel that they cannot share caregiving stress or seek help.

In this talk, Dr. Ranak Trivedi reviewed the larger scientific knowledge around caregiver rewards and burdens and anchored it to the Asian experience. She shared research on caregiving among Asians, which has often focused on dementia caregiving. She shared some of our data describing the South Asian experience in managing breast cancer. I then provided strategies to identify stress, strategies to cope with the various stressful aspects of being a caregiver, and strategies to determine when caregivers should seek professional help. 

As a clinical health psychologist and a health services researcher, Dr. Ranak Trivedi envisions a culturally attuned health care system that are not only patient centered, but framily centered. Such a system would engage and empower framily (family members and friends) in navigating the healthcare system on the patient’s behalf while receiving the culturally attuned supports and services receive that they need. Her studies have provided insights into how framilies and chronically and seriously ill patients collaborate around their mutual health, understanding the impact of their interpersonal relationship on chronic illness self-management, and the individual, dyadic, and systems-level barriers that they encounter. She has developed two technology-enabled dyadic self-management programs to address the stress management needs of both patients and their framily.

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