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AAPI COVID-19 Response

United to Fight Health Inequity During the Pandemic: What Can the AAPI Community Do?

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July 31st, 2020

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WebEx Meeting Number: 157 394 7642

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In our 2020 May AAPI Heritage Month Observance – “COVID-19: Facing the Pandemic as an AAPI Community” 291 people attended the panel discussion.

To continue this conversation on the pandemics of COVID-19 and racism against minorities (African American, Asian American etc.), we plan to host another virtual session – “United to Fight Health Inequity during the Pandemic – What AAPI Community Can Do?”. In this new session, we plan to focus on how AAPI community can work with all other communities (African American, Hispanic etc.) to address health inequities.


12:30 pm

12:40 pm

12:50 pm

Opening Remarks

Maryland First Lady-Yumi Hogan

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Howard Koh, 14th Assistant Secretary for Health, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Harvard University

1:00 pm

1:10 - 2:00 pm

Panel Opening Remarks

Monica Hooper, Deputy Director, NIMHD, NIH

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Howard Koh

Panel Members:

Yvonne Maddox, Former Vice President for Research,Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Former Acting Deputy Director, NIH

Leana Wen, Emergency Physician and Public Health Professor at George Washington University, Former Baltimore Health Commissioner

Lily Qi, State Delegate, Maryland General Assembly


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Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan

Maryland’s First Lady, Yumi Hogan, is the first Korean-American First Lady in the United States. Mrs. Hogan is a first-generation Korean-American, an accomplished artist, and an adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Mrs. Hogan grew up on a farm in the South Korean countryside as the youngest of eight children. She immigrated to the United States over 40 years ago, and raised her three daughters, Kim, Jaymi, and Julie, in Howard County. 

In 2016, Mrs. Hogan received the Inspirational Leader Award from the International Leadership Foundation, which recognized her as a trailblazing political and community leader and a role model to the Asian-Pacific American community and all Americans.

Among other reputable recognition, Mrs. Hogan is the recipient of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor,  a highly-prestigious, nationally-recognized award by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, which recognizes her accomplishments in leadership and inspired service to the state and nation; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.

Her artwork, created on traditional Hanji paper with Sumi ink and mixed media, has been featured in art shows and museums in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, South Korea and more, including an exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. 

In addition to her work as an artist, Mrs. Hogan has juried numerous art exhibitions, including statewide and national competitions by the Maryland Federation of Art. In 2016, she served as jury chair for the new Concourse D Gallery at the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport where artists from Maryland and Washington D.C. were selected to feature their work. 

As First Lady, Mrs. Hogan has made it a priority to share her love of the arts with Marylanders of all ages through arts education. Since November 2015, Mrs. Hogan has served as the Honorary Chair of the Council for Arts and Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, working with the University and Baltimore City to promote the arts. 

Following Governor Hogan’s diagnosis with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015 and their family’s battle with the disease, Mrs. Hogan has become a vocal advocate for cancer awareness and devoted much of her time to visiting Marylanders battling cancer, especially children, and their families. In 2016, Mrs. Hogan was recognized for her role as a caregiver and her work raising awareness with the Pheo Para Alliance’s Dr. Cyrus Katzen Humanitarian Award.  

Through her work teaching art classes to patients with cancer and people with disabilities, Mrs. Hogan has become a strong proponent of art therapy and the positive impact it can have on health and wellbeing. She plans to continue to support the arts community and work to bring the joy of art to all Marylanders.

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Howard K. Koh, M.D., MPH
Dr. Howard K. Koh is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School. He previously served as the 14 the Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2014) after being nominated by President Barack Obama, and as Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1997-2003) after being appointed by Governor William Weld. A graduate of Yale College and the Yale University School of Medicine, he trained at Boston City Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, earned board certifications in four medical fields, has been Principal Investigator of research grants totaling $24M, published more than 300 articles in the medical and public health literature and has received over 70 awards, including six honorary doctorate degrees.


Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D.

Dr. Monica Webb Hooper is Deputy Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). She works closely with the Director, Dr. Pérez-Stable, and the leadership, to oversee all aspects of the institute and to support the implementation of the science visioning recommendations to improve minority health, reduce health disparities, and promote health equity.

Dr. Webb Hooper is an internationally recognized translational behavioral scientist and clinical health psychologist. She has dedicated her career to the scientific study of minority health and racial/ethnic disparities, focusing on chronic illness prevention and health behavior change. Her program of community engaged research focuses on understanding multilevel factors and biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying modifiable risk factors, such as tobacco use and stress processes, and the development of community responsive and culturally specific interventions. Her goal is to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge and disseminate findings into communities with high need.

Before joining NIMHD, Dr. Webb Hooper was a Professor of Oncology, Family Medicine & Community Health and Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She was also Associate Director for Cancer Disparities Research and Director of the Office of Cancer Disparities Research in the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Webb Hooper completed her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida, internship in medical psychology from the University of Florida Health Sciences Center, and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami.


Yvonne T. Maddox, Ph.D.
Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox, Ph.D. is President and CEO of the TAThornton Foundation and Professor,
College of Allied Health Sciences, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
and immediate past Vice President for Research at the USUHS, a part of the Department of
Defense. As Vice President for Research at USUHS, she oversaw a robust clinical and basic
science research portfolio important to both the military and public health, including infectious
diseases, trauma and critical care medicine, health maintenance, post-traumatic stress,
traumatic brain injury and cancer. In this position, she also oversees new efforts in state-of-the
art fields that cut across disciplines, such as genomics, proteomics, and drug-delivery
Prior to joining USUHS, Dr. Maddox held many leadership positions at the National Institutes of
Health (NIH), the premier biomedical research institute in the world. She has served as the NIH
Acting Director of the National Institute on Minority Health andYvonne Health Disparities,
Deputy Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development, and in various leadership positions within other NIH institutes and divisions.
During the Clinton Administration, she served as the Acting Deputy Director of the entire NIH.
Throughout her academic and government career, Dr. Maddox has been a champion of issues
related to women and children. Among her many accomplishments include, leading teams of
international scientists in the field of reproductive health as part of bi-lateral agreements
between the U.S., India and Africa, directing the highly recognized NIH program to reduce
sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and creating the NIH Down Syndrome (DS) Consortium, a
federal/private partnership to advance research in DS. She has led and served on numerous
advisory boards, including the Federal Veteran’s Administration (VA) National Research
Advisory Committee(NRAC). Dr. Maddox has received many honors and awards, including the
United States Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award, United States Presidential
Meritorious Rank Award, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(DHHS) Career
Achievement Award, Public Health Service Special Recognition Award, DHHS Secretary’s Award,
NIH Director’s Award (including one that bears her name), National Down Syndrome Society
Champion of Change Award, and the Research Down Syndrome Foundation Light the Way
Award, Induction into the Historical Black Colleges and Universities Hall of Fame, to name
Dr. Maddox received her B.S. in biology from Virginia Union University, Richmond, and her
Ph.D. in physiology from Georgetown University. She studied as a visiting scientist at the
French Atomic Energy Commission, Saclay, France and graduated from the Senior Managers in
Government Program of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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Leana Wen, M.D., MSc

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University’s Milken School of Public Health, where she is also a distinguished fellow at the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity. She is an expert in public health preparedness and previously served as Baltimore's Health Commissioner. A contributing columnist for The Washington Post and author of the book When Doctors Don't Listen, Dr. Wen is a frequent guest commentator on the covid-19 crisis on CNN, MSNBC, and BBC. 

Dr. Wen obtained her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and studied health policy at the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She completed her residency training at Brigham & Women's Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2019, she was named one of Modern Healthcare's Top 50 Physician-Executives and TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

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Delegate Lily Qi

Delegate Lily Qi was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in November 2018
representing Montgomery County. As the first Chinese-speaking legislator in the Maryland
General Assembly and the Greater Washington Region, her election made national and
international news on NPR, the Kojo Nnamdi Show, the Washington Post and the China Global
Television Network.
Delegate Qi had a hybrid career in economic development, public affairs, and higher education.
She was a political appointee by former Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett to oversee
economic and workforce development and led a series of initiatives to advance innovation
economy and public-private partnerships. Before joining Montgomery County, She served as a
senior economic development official for Washington, DC, a spokesperson for the DC financial
regulatory agency and assistant director of multicultural affairs at American University.
Delegate Qi is a speaker, writer and advocate on immigrant integration, civic engagement and
Asian American issues. She was a columnist for Asian Fortune and chaired the Maryland
Governor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs under Governor Martin O’Malley. She has
served on numerous nonprofit boards including as a trustee of Suburban Hospital, Imagination
Stage and Manchester University in Indiana. Lily was recognized as Maryland’s Top 100 Women
by the Daily Record, Washington Chinese Post’s Person of the Year 2018 and was two-time
recipient of the National Association of Counties awards for her work in improving government
cultural competency and innovation partnerships.


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