Special Announcement

San Diego, February 23, 2015

Dear Professors, Members and Friends

Happy Tet New Year!
On February 21, Dr. Ton and I went to the Tet Festival at Mira Mesa Park in San Diego, where the Asian Pacific Health Foundation held a Health screening booth. Several UCSD pre-pharmacy students volunteered to gain experience working with patients.  We provided blood pressure screening, and education on Hepatitis B and C. Dr. Ton answered questions that the participants asked, many of whom were his former patients.

We were happily surprised to see two Skaggs School of pharmacy former graduates: Khanh Nguyen, class of 2006, and Vy Tran, class of 2009, who came with their families.  They recognized me and showed their appreciation for the outreach experiences we have helped provide along the years. Khanh now works at the MTM at Kaiser, and Vy is a pharmacist at UCSD.

A while ago, Dr. Kathryn Nguyen, working closely with Former Dean Palmer Taylor, developed the following initiative.  Please read, and if you agree, please contact Dr. Nguyen at the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy. We are grateful for all of your contributions.

Binh Nhung Tran


Drs. Binh and Ton Scholarship in

Pharmaceutical Care Outreach


As you know, Binh, with Ton’s support, has contributed substantially to pharmacy practice in the Asian community through their endeavors in the Asian Pacific Health Foundation and in innumerable health fairs throughout San Diego County.  In fact, San Diego County has become a national model community, where others look to these sites for patient education, medication safety considerations, disease prophylaxis and treatment.  

If you would like to make a contribution, please contact  

Dr. Kathryn Nguyen
Director of Development 
Skaggs School of Pharmacy
9500 Gilman Dr. MC 0714
La Jolla CA 92093-0714

Your tax-deductible gift to the UC San Diego Foundation will be used to support and advance the initiative(s) you selected and used to have the most positive impact possible. A one-time fee of 6 percent is assessed against all gifts to support UC San Diego costs. We appreciate your trust and value your privacy, and we will always keep your contact information strictly confidential except as otherwise required by law.  

(Tax ID: 95-2872494).

 It is an endowed scholarship fund that once the funds reach endowment status, it will be used to provide yearly merit-based scholarships to pharmacy students. The endowed fund will remain in perpetuity at the school. 

Outreach at Tet Festival in Mira Mesa Park 2-21-15


Thank you to all who have come to the Outreach at the Tet Festival at Mira Mesa Park on Saturday Feb 21, 2015.  We provided hypertension screening and Hepatitis B and C education.  Our booth was next to a martial arts school booth, so interspersed with screening sessions were times when our volunteers tested their skills at breaking plywood boards.


From the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association:(VCSA)
- Ms. Lily Hoang

From UCSD: 3rd year students
- Karla Jorgensen- Ponce, Trinh Nguyen, Anh Nguyen, Caly Tran,

From APHF:
- Dr. Ton Tran
- Dr. Binh Tran

Among the audience were:
- Ms. Kim Thoa Hoang, MC of the event
- Mr. Duong Nguyen from the VCSA
- Mr. Vu Oai
- Mr. Dung Anh Trang, President of the Vietnamese Elderly Association
- Mr. Hung Tran from UPAC
- Dr. Tonnia Tran and family
- Khanh Nguyen, PharmD
- Vy Tran, PharmD


The Asian Pacific Health Foundation will have an outreach at the Tet Festival at Mira Mesa Park on Saturday, February 21, 2015

from 11:00 AM to 4 PM. The Tet Festival is organized by the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance (VAYA) in conjunction with the Vietnamese Federation of San Diegoat Mira Mesa Park

8375 New Salem St (at corner with Mira Mesa Blvd)
San Diego, CA 92126
There will be Hypertension screening, Hepatitis B and C education, Immunization guidelines, and information on medication related matters for the attendees. Please sign up to come to the Asian Pacific Health Foundation booth (btran.aphc@sbcglobal.net)
Entry to the Festival is free.


Please see the reportage by VietNews TV of the Tet Celebration on January 24, 2015 at Double Tree Hotel in San Diego. We thank VietNews TV and Ms. Van Anh for interviewing Dr. Viet Truong, President of the San Diego Vietnamese Pharmacists Association and Chair of the Event a couple of weeks ago, and presenting the lively program on the video segment.


It was a very nice Tet celebration on January 24, 2015 at the Double Tree Hotel in Mission Valley, San Diego.
We thank Dr. Viet Truong, President of the San Diego Vietnamese Pharmacists Association (SDVPA) and Chair of the organizing committee for realizing a great program with the participation of the Vietnamese Physicians Association (VPASD) members and Dentists in San Diego.

This was also the first time that the Asian Pacific Health Foundation had a booth to showcase the health screening activities performed with the participation of VPASD physicians, SDVPA pharmacists, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students, UCSD medical students and volunteers from SDSU and area colleges.

Featured were posters of 2014 Summer Research studies on:
1.Expanding Hepatitis B screening in Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in San Diego County: Needs Assessment and Linkage to Care by Karen Yu, BS, Binh N. Tran, PharmD, and Robert Gish, MD
2. Relationships between Known Risk factors for Osteoporosis and Heel Bone Mineral Density in Asian populations in San Diego County by Esther Park, BS, Binh N. Tran, PharmD, Brookie Best, PharmD, and Renu Singh, PharmD.
3. Pearls Gained from Hepatitis B screening in a community setting by Binh N. Tran, PharmD, Kristiana Nguyen, BS, David Adler, PharmD, Robert Gish, MD.
Dr. Thai Nguyen, cardiologist from Orange County, presented on Managing Hypertension using combination therapy.

The two MCs of the evening were pharmacists Grace Nguyen, and Nolan Le. After the welcome and speech by Dr. Truong, the program began with the Opening Group song, followed by the traditional lion dance, the Kitchen Gods’ report, and vibrant songs by health care members and professional singers. Of note this year was the Ao Dai fashion show designed by Quynh Paris, comprising 19 models in the medical, pharmacy and dentistry fields. Mai Lan Anh, spouse of Dr. Viet Truong, was the singer of Vietnamese songs during the spectacular show.

The acclaimed Four Brothers’ band performance drew a large crowd on the dance floor. After the raffle ticket drawing, dancing continued until midnight.

We thank:
- Dr. Palmer and Dr. Susan Taylor, Dean David and Mrs. Adler, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Gish for their support and participation at this annual event;
- Dr. Jonathan Lam, President of the Vietnamese American Medical Association, Dr. and Mrs. Howard Nguyen coming from Dallas,
- Mrs. Hao Bui, President of the Northern California Vietnamese Pharmacists Association, coming from San Jose,
- Dr. Christopher Bui, Dr. Christine Bui and members of the Southern California Vietnamese Physicians Association,
- Dr. Hai Tran, president of the VPASD and physician members
- Dr. Yen Le and dentists in San DIego and other places,
- Skaggs Student pharmacists, UCSD, SDSU and other Schools,
- Dr. Danh Truong, President of Asian Pacific Health Foundation, with Staff and volunteers,
- Family, guests and friends attending the 2015 Tet Celebration in San Diego.

Happy New Year of the Goat |

Binh Nhung Tran, PharmD
Asian Pacific Health Foundation

Announcement of the Tet Celebration organized by the Vietnamese Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists Associations of San Diego

Featured was Dr. Viet Truong, President of the San Diego Vietnamese Pharmacists Association, Chair of the Gala event.on Saturday January 24, 2015 at Double Tree Hotel, 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108 starting at 5 PM.

Tet 2015

First Outreach at Ngoc Minh Temple

The first outreach of the year was carried out at Ngoc Minh Temple in East San Diego on Jan 11, 2015. In spite of rain falling most of the day, a great number of student pharmacist volunteers came to provide various screening services starting at 10:00 AM on the covered patio of the temple:

-       Hypertension screening: with Andrew Nguyen, Phuong Thoi
-       Cervical cancer screening  with Tuyet Phan, Annie Nguyen
-       Bone densitometry with Esther Park, Karla Jorgensen – Ponce, Ethan Truong
-       Breast cancer early detection with Angie from Every Woman Counts program
-       Patient consultation: Dr. Hai Tran, Dr. Ton Tran

Registration was handled by Kristiana Nguyen, and logistics by Gary Tang.
Ngoc Nguyen, Caly Tran, Anh Nguyen and Felicia Han helped with translation

Preceptors were: Kim Dang, PharmD, Ethan Truong, PharmD, Binh Tran, PharmD.
At 12:15 PM, Dr. Ton Tran presented on Hepatitis B and C in the main building.
Hot vegetarian lunch was provided with appreciation from the temple’s staff and volunteers.



Health Fair at Vietnamese Catholic Center
on July 26, 2014

This is the second year that we come to this site, on the request by Mr. Vo Phuong, President of the Vietnamese Elderly Catholic Association. The event is a pre-celebration of World Hepatitis Day which occurs on July 28, 2014 across the nation.

On Saturday Julyl 26, we are delighted to have several pharmacists coming to help:

- Dr. Viet Truong, long time President of the Vietnamese Pharmacists Association of San Diego did blood glucose screening for the attendees, most of whom are his former clients at Viet’s pharmacy in East San Diego,

- Dr. Randy Jimenez,  pharmacist in Otay Mesa and friend of Kristiana Nguyen, working on the centrifugation of Hepatitis B samples,

- Drs. Duc Hoang and Y Hoang driving all the way from El Centro where they practice during the week.

- Felicia Han, a graduate from UC Berkeley, is a new intern at the Asian Pacific Health Foundation on the recommendation of Andrew Huang, President of the National Team HBV. This large student group originally formed at Stanford University has members at most Universities in the US. Felicia will be introduced to the current Team HBV at UCSD.

We also welcomed Brian Champagne, UCSD 4th year Medical student, and Michael Nguy who provided vision checks to the attendees.

Our current Skaggs student pharmacists:
- Esther Park worked with Karla Petersen Ponce on bone densitometry, with Quality Assurance checked just before use;

-Karen Yu did the final checks on the Hepatitis B consent forms initiated by Mai Nguyen and Caly Tran before issuing the lab requisition forms,
- Thuy Huong Nguyen was the phlebotomist of the day.

- Gary Tang took care of the equipment and materials at the health fair, replenishing them according to needs.

It was a nice outreach for the pre-celebration of World Hepatitis Day which occurs on July 28, 2014 across the nation.