Community Health Talks

Please join us for a monthly series of Community Health Talks by our very own Stanford CARE Faculty! Community Health Talks present the 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 2022 Talks

Health outcomes for Asian and Pacific Islander women and newborns

July 14th, , 2022, 7PM PST

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. We will discuss key drivers of inequitable care and outcomes and provide potential solutions. 

Dr. Jochen Profit graduated University of Freiburg Medical School in Germany and completed his Neonatology, Public Health, and Health Services Research training at Harvard. Since 2013, he has been on faculty at Stanford and is currently Professor of Pediatrics, as well as Chief Quality Officer of the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, a population-based network of 140 NICUs dedicated to quality excellence.

Dr. Profit’s research focuses on the optimization of quality of neonatal-perinatal health care delivery. For over a decade, his research has received continuous funding from the National Insitute of Health and other federal, foundation, and intramural sources. Dr. Profit has served on various national scientific and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institute of Health. 

Previous 2022 Community Health Talks

Early Screening and Diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Asian Subpopulations

Dr. Meryl Sperling evaluated the criteria for early screening for gestational diabetes and discussed why the recommendation for early screening is different for Asians than for other races and also discussed how BMI affects the risk for gestational diabetes among 13 distinct Asian subgroups in California.

Meryl Sperling, MD, MA, is a fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Stanford University. She was previously part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program where she taught English in rural Japan and subsequently received a Master of Arts in secondary education at Columbia University – Teachers College. She attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Hawaii. Her research interests include gestational diabetes mellitus and maternal health disparities in Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.


Previous 2021 Talks

Improving the Diagnosis of Under-Recognized and Rare Diseases in Asians with Dr. Linda Geng

November 9th, 2021, 7 PM PST

Rare diseases have a low prevalence but are collectively common. They are often under-recognized and patients can face delays in diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Linda Geng, MD, PhD, will review rare diseases as they relate to Asian health and strategies to improve diagnosis of these under-recognized conditions.

Dr. Linda Geng, MD, PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine whose clinical focuses includes diagnostic medicine, undiagnosed diseases and medical mysteries, rare disorders, post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (long COVID), and internal medicine. She is the Co-Director of Stanford’s Consultative Medicine Clinic and Co-Director of Stanford’s Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome Clinic.

Previous 2020 Talks