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

Sight-threatening Diseases in the Asian Community

October 4th, 2022 7PM, PST

This topic is important to Asians to know what diseases are particular prominent in the Asian community -what should one look for and how to prevent these diseases. We will discuss the most common sight threatening diseases in the Asian community.

Dr. Albert Wu is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship-trained specialist in oculoplastic and orbital surgery. This specialty is dedicated to care of the eyelid and other structures around the eye. It is also called ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Wu focuses his expertise on saving people’s vision. He provides comprehensive, compassionate care for both adults and children with sight-threatening diseases and injuries of the eye and surrounding area. He treats tearing, eyelid drooping, thyroid eye disease, eyelid tumors, and other facial disorders. He also performs facial rejuvenation as well as reconstructive and aesthetic surgery procedures.

Dr. Wu is a national leader in advancing the use of stem cell therapy to treat conditions involving the eye and face. His research explores how stem cells can regenerate a patient’s own tissues for potential transplant. His goal is to make regenerative medicine an accepted treatment for people worldwide suffering from diseases of the eye.

The National Eye Institute funded Dr. Wu’s research to develop stem cell therapies to treat corneal blindness and regenerate the surface of the eye. He leads the Stanford Ophthalmic Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory and is developing leading-edge treatments for vision loss and eye disease.

Previous 2022 Community Health Talks

How Nourish is Giving Asians the Tools to Eat Well and Live Well

Did you know 50% of Asians in the United States are either diabetic or pre-diabetic? Despite the high prevalence rate of diabetes in the AAPI population, there is a scarcity of Asian-specific nutrition resources, especially for the diverse array of Asian ethnicities. Knowing how and what to eat without having to abandon our traditional foods is essential if we hope to reduce diabetes in our communities.

To address this issue, Dr. Minal Moharir and her team at Nourish have taken on the monumental task of producing nutrition education resources specifically for Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, and Korean communities. Under the guidance of Nourish’s registered dietitian, Lily Phan, Nourish’s interns combine their talents for science and online content creation. The basis of their content is simple: reduce refined carbohydrates, promote balanced meals, and maintain the taste, texture, and familiarity of foods we love.

In one year, Nourish has built a community of over 5,000 online users, partnered with UC Irvine’s Institute for Future Health and HealthUnity to design a groundbreaking food database and mobile application, contributed to Stanford Health Care’s Cardiovascular Health Food For Heart campaign, written cookbooks, collaborated with outstanding chefs, produced popular cooking videos, started expanding into online retail, and so much more. In this Community Health Talk, Dr. Minal Moharir will discuss Nourish’s rapid growth, long-term trajectory, impact, and all the cultural and scientific considerations that go into making their popular online content.

Dr. Minal Moharir is the Director of Nutrition at Stanford CARE. She was born and raised in Nashik, India, where she completed her formal medical education. She then completed her internal medicine residency at New York Downtown Hospital in New York, NY. Currently, she practices clinical occupational medicine at Stanford’s Occupational Health Center. She is passionate about preventative medicine, health and wellness, and identifying health and safety issues on campus to prevent employee injuries and illnesses.

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