Stanford CARE Monthly Community Health Talk Series

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 2024 Talks

Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis in Asian Americans

March 5th, 2024, 7PM, PST

Bone loss is common with aging, and over 50% of women and 25% of men over the age of 50 will sustain a fragility fracture due to osteoporosis. The risks of fracture may vary between Asian and non-Asian populations, and also between different Asian subgroups. Dr. Joy Wu will discuss risk factors for bone loss and the role of diet, exercise and medications in optimizing bone health.

Joy Wu, MD, PhD is Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Vice Chair of Basic and Translational Science in the Department of Medicine at Stanford. Dr. Wu is an internationally recognized leader in bone health and the treatment of osteoporosis. She directs a basic and translational research program that focuses on skeletal development, stem cell therapies for bone, and breast cancer bone metastases. She has served on clinical guideline committees on bone health for the Endocrine Society, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy. Dr. Wu earned her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Duke University, followed by clinical training in endocrinology at Harvard Medical School before joining the Stanford faculty. She was a recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Mary Kay Foundation, and the Department of Defense. Dr. Wu is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Endocrine Society and is currently a member of the Council of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

Previous 2024 Community Health Talks

Lung cancer Screening, Incidence, and Outcomes in Asian Americans

February 13th, 2024, 7PM, PST

Asian American men have significant smoking history and are unaware of Lung Cancer Screening guidelines. Asian American men have poor lung cancer screening adherence and initiation of tests. There is also an increasing incidence of lung cancer in non-smoking Asian American females. Jeff Velotta, MD, FACS, will discuss potential outcomes of lung cancer as it relates to Asian Americans.

Jeffrey Velotta, MD, FACS is a thoracic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente Northern California and an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.  Dr. Velotta received his MD from the George Washington University School of Medicine.  He then went on to finish general surgery residency at UCLA along with a postdoctoral research fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford University and completed his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Velotta’s clinical and research interests focus on outcomes after regionalization for thoracic surgery and lung cancer outcomes in Asian Americans.  


Previous 2023 Community Health Talks

Our Path Forward: Addressing the Asian Leadership Paradox

November 8th, 7PM, PST

Disparities among Asian Americans are not limited to health, but extend to how we are included as researchers, scholars and leadership. While we are well represented across STEM, the inability for Asian Americans to achieve parity in leadership needs to be addressed. How do we move the needle to maximize opportunities for an inclusive environment to achieve success? What mechanisms should we implement to change the leadership paradox and how we can we come together to effect change.

Dr. Kim will discuss effective strategies and lessons learned from both a personal and leadership perspective as one of a limited number of Asian American medical school deans.

Karen Kim, MD, MS, was named dean at the Penn State College of Medicine in 2023. As the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Rural Health Research, Kim leads the College of Medicine’s education, research and clinical missions, culture of innovation, and will focus on enhancing team-based interdisciplinary collaboration across the College of Medicine, Penn State Health, the University at large  and across commonwealth campuses. As Physician in Chief, Kim plays a critical role in shaping the academic health system.

In addition to dean, Kim is a nationally recognized leader in health disparities research,  curricular innovation and public policy. Her research focuses on the rigorous development and evaluation of multi-level strategies to advance cancer health equity among marginalized and vulnerable populations. As founder and director of the Center for Asian Health Equity-a community-academic partnership, Kim is a national leader on public policies for the inclusion of Asian-Americans and underserved populations in research.

She is the College’s first female dean and the first Korean American woman to hold such a title nationally.

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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