Outreach at Vietnamese Alliance Church of North San Diego July 20, 2014

The Asian Pacific Health Foundation held the first outreach at the Vietnamese Alliance Church of North San Diego on Sunday July 20, 2014 right after the service on that day.

Pastor Sang Nguyen and many members of the church and their families attended the event.

Early in the day, Mr. Binh Nguyen and Michael Nguyen from the church assisted with hanging the banner in front of the building.

Drs. Ton Tran, Tung Lai, Lien Lai and Robert Gish came, and spoke with patients at the consultation table. Pharmacists Kayla Giang and Binh Tran supervised the bone densitometry and hepatitis B screening operations.

Staff and volunteers were:

Phuong Anh, densitometry technician with student pharmacists Esther Park and Mandana Moshtael;
Huong Nguyen, phlebotomist, with spouse Syrone Campbell to help with centrifugation of samples;
Karen Yu and Gary Tang secured subjects’ consents;
Caly Tran helped with translation. Karla Ponce came towards the end.

Some patients asked when we will come again?  We are rotating locations, thus next week will be at the Vietnamese Catholic Center on 3114  40th Street, San Diego, CA 92105 from 10:30 AM to 2 PM on July 26, 2914,

VNTV Thông Báo Cộng Đồng: Thử Nghiệm Viêm Gan B

Highlight on Asian Pacific Health Foundation

The Beginning 

In 2001, Asian Pacific Health Center (APHC) was the first non-profit community clinic founded by Vietnamese health professionals who saw the need of low-cost health services for the East San Diego community.  Besides clinic activities, health screenings were provided free at health fair locations. APHC obtained a 2 ½ year grant from The California Endowment to work on the Hepatitis B Prevention Project for Asian and Pacific Islander adolescents and young adults in San Diego. Later collaboration with the Jade Ribbon Campaign from the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University expanded the project in the Chinese community, increasing the number of persons screened to 1600 (7% positive rate). Thereafter, the work was continued with San Diego Herald Center, Tzu-Chi Foundation, and the Vietnamese Federation of San Diego at churches, temples and community centers.

Transition and Growth 
In 2008, the center became the Asian Pacific Health Foundation (APHF), with focus on educational awareness and Hepatitis B screening at health fairs and outreaches in San Diego County. In 2010, collaboration with Dr. Robert Gish brought a major shift in APHF’s activities. The survey on Barriers to hepatitis B screening and knowledge in Asian Populations in San Diego administered at each event sheds light on factors underlying a person’s willingness to be screened. Tasks were performed by student pharmacists who continued their works as graduation projects. In 2012, APHF received a sub-award from UCSD, as part of the larger grant from the CDC to provide Early Identification and Linkage to care of persons with Chronic Hepatitis B Virus infection.  1,195 persons were screened, with a 4% positive rate (May 9, 2014 MMWR Report). The results were presented by Dr. John Ward at the HepB United Summit in Washington, DC, May 21-23.

An Even Brighter Future Starting Now

Re-energized activity with the National Task Force on Hepatitis B-Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, and membership with the Hep B United Coalition opened up more opportunities for APHF. Cost effectiveness of Point-of-care vs. Standard-of-care tests was presented at national and international meetings. APHF is further awarded a mini-grant from Hep B Foundation to expand Hep B screening to other Asian groups in San Diego County.



Posted on Hep B United Newsletter July 8, 2014

Report on Health Fair 6/22/14

A Wonderful Setting for the Summer Health Fair
on June 22, 2014

The yearly Summer Health Fair at the 7th Day Adventist Church in San Diego took place on June 22, 2014, exactly one year after the last year’s event. The weather was perfect, with a gentle breeze blowing through the screening area against the tall palm trees.
We thank all the participants who have contributed their time and efforts to the event:


Mr. Nghiep Le, Assistant Minister and the staff and members of the 7th Day Adventist Church in San Diego for setting up the canopies and logistics of the event in the spacious parking area.



Dr. Hai Tran and his spouse Kim Dang, PharmD, for manning the booth for Hypertension with monitoring and counseling.

Cholesterol Chair: Garrett Rueda and Skaggs School of Pharmacy students Vi Nguyen and Yinuo Ma for performing the popular cholesterol tests.

-Jenny Nguyen, Pharmacy student from Loma Linda University for doing finger prick blood glucose tests. Jenny is the younger sister of Kristiana Nguyen.

-Phuong Anh, Esther Park and Mandana Moshtael for doing bone densitometry,

-Karla Jorgensen Ponce and Emmy Kim Chi Do from the church to handle general registration

-Mai Nguyen, Caly Tran and cousin for helping at the Hepatitis B registration and consenting.

-Thuy Huong Nguyen for blood drawing and Karen Yu for centrifuging and checking the correct labeling of samples.

-Dr. Ton Tran for counseling after the attendees have gone through all the stations, and doing the slide presentation on Hepatitis B to the audience during lunch time.

-Kristiana Nguyen and Gary Tang for coordinating the event from start to end.

We saw 25 patients, performed 16 Hepatitis B, 23 Osteoporosis, 17 Hypertension, and 18 Diabetes screenings. The number of Cholesterol screenings will be communicated later.

Binh Tran, PharmD
Asian Pacific Health Foundation