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.

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Previous 2023 Community Health Talks

Hepatitis B in Asian Americans-What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

May 2nd, 2023, 7PM, PST

Hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable disease of the liver and the leading cause of liver cancer worldwide caused by infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). In the United States, 1 in 12 Asian Americans is chronically infected with hepatitis B in comparison to 1 in 1000 non-Hispanic Whites. While Asian Americans constitute only 6% of the population in the United States, they comprise over half of the nation’s 860,000 to 2.4 million people chronically infected with hepatitis B. Almost 90% of people with chronic hepatitis B in California are members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. This is one of the greatest racial health disparities in the United States. Dr. Samuel So discussed what hepatitis B is, how hepatitis B is transmitted, hepatitis B screening and treatment, and his work on changing public health policies related to hepatitis B and C.

Dr. Samuel So is the Lui Hac Minh Professor and Professor of Surgery. He is also the founder of the multidisciplinary liver cancer program at the Stanford Cancer Center and the founder and executive director of the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. So is a native of Hong Kong and received his surgical training at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Minnesota, where he also completed his fellowship in multi-organ transplantation. His current clinical area of specialty is a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of primary liver cancer and the management of chronic hepatitis B infection. He is listed among the Best Doctors in America. Dr. So is recognized worldwide for his expertise in chronic hepatitis B and primary liver cancer prevention, research, treatment, and health policy.  

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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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