Doan Dao, MD
Dr. Dao chaired (2014-2016) and currently co-chairs the National Task Force on Hep B: Focus on API Americans. He has more than 10 years of experience in many aspects of hepatitis B viral infection (HBV), including: basic research; clinical science; patient care; and outreach and advocacy programs. He is personally passionate about and professionally committed to serving those affected by HBV. He is also fluent in English and Vietnamese.
In addition to his work with the Task Force, he is a Founder and President of Vietnam Viral Hepatitis Alliance (V-VHA), a US based 501c3 organization dedicated for viral hepatitis initiatives in Vietnam.
In 2010, as a medical student, he established and served as Director (2010-2012) and Advisor (2012-present) of the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Hepatitis B Free. Under Dr. Dao’s leadership and support, the DFW Hep B Free has been serving thousands of individual in the metropolis area and is recognized statewide by Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas State Department of Health in 2011 and nationally as a Hep B United Champion in 2015 by Hep B United, a national coalition to address the public health challenge of HBV. In 2016, the Hep B Free was honored by White House for hepatitis awareness efforts.
A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, TX, Dr. Dao subsequently earned his medical degree and is obtaining his post-graduate clinical training in Internal Medicine/ Gastroenterology/ Hepatology (2012-present), as part of the Physician Scientist Training Program, a formal mechanism to facilitate and support the development of physician scientists in academic medicine; all this is being accomplished at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored T-32 training grant for his basic research in HBV immunobiology, Dr. Dao was also awarded the 2014 Hepatitis Fund for the Cure Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the American Liver Foundation. In 2016, Dr. Dao was awarded the Asian Heritage Award in Public Health by the Asian Heritage Society, CA, USA. Also in 2016, Dr. Dao was named Everyday Hero by the American Liver Foundation, USA for his effort “tackling hepatitis B from all directions, both in the U.S. and his home country of Vietnam”.
Dr. Richard Andrews, MD, MPH
Dr. Richard Andrews, MD, MPH is Chief Medical Officer at Hope Clinic in southwest Houston, Texas. Hope Clinic is the clinical arm of Houston’s Asian American Health Coalition, whose founding purpose was to ensure culturally and linguistically competent care to Asian patients. While at Hope Clinic he has overseen the development of an active hepatitis B screening, prevention and treatment program. Over 400 chronic hepatitis B patients have been seen at the clinic, with over 80 under active antiviral treatment presently. Roughly half of the clinic’s current population is Asian, with the affected hepatitis B population being primarily Vietnamese, Chinese, Burmese and others. Before moving to Texas Dr. Andrews worked in migrant farmworker and community health centers on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. He grew up bilingual in southern Spain, which sensitized him to cultural and linguistic differences. He speaks moderately mangled morsels of Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Burmese – just enough to make the patients laugh. He received his MD at University of Connecticut Medical School, Family Medicine residency at Georgetown University. He got his MPH degree and Preventive Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified in family medicine. Dr Andrews is a past board member of the Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) and the Migrant Clinican’s Network (MCN). He has been participating in AAPCHO/CERC activities since 2014.
Kate Moraras, MPH
Kate Moraras, MPH, is the Senior Program Director at the Hepatitis B Foundation and Director of Hep B United. Kate is responsible for the development and management of Hep B United, a national coalition addressing the public health challenge of hepatitis B, the leading cause of liver cancer and a major health disparity among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Kate is working with partners to further Hep B United’s goal to support and leverage the success of local community coalitions across the U.S. to increase hepatitis B awareness, screening, vaccination and linkage to care for all high-risk populations.
Previously, Kate served as Senior Advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders where she led the Initiative’s health policy portfolio and developed the Initiative’s community engagement and communications strategies. Prior to joining the Initiative, Kate was a research fellow at the Office of Minority Health (OMH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she supported the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health on development and coordination of program strategies related to improving the health of AAPI communities. Kate managed OMH’s national hepatitis B initiative and coordinated the Department’s interagency workgroup on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander issues.
Kate began her public health work at the American Diabetes Association where she managed the Association’s racial/ethnic minority diabetes policy councils and was extensively involved in development of the Association’s women and diabetes policies and programs. Kate received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.
Catherine Freeland recently received her Master of Public Health at East Tennessee State University with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. Following her graduation from Hanover College, she spent a year working in Nairobi, Kenya as a Communication and Programming Chair for the Organization of African Instituted Churches. In this position Catherine was working to empower, educate, and learn from grassroots community leaders through a train the trainer program. She is interested in reducing health disparities through sustainability projects and collaboration at the community level. As a Frist Field Scholar, Catherine applied her public health knowledge in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia through Flagstaff International Relief Effort and the World Health Organization focusing on community outreach and education on viral hepatitis and liver cancer. With an increased interest in viral hepatitis prevention and outreach, she has moved to Philadelphia to work with the Hepatitis B Foundation as a Public Health Program Manager.
Dr. Amy Shen Tang, MD
Dr. Amy Shen Tang, MD, is the Hepatitis B Program Director at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City. As program director, Dr. Tang oversees hepatitis B clinical care, research, community outreach and education to reduce hepatitis B vertical and horizontal transmission and liver complications among Asian immigrant populations in New York City. As the Advocacy Chair of the NYC Hep B Coalition, she also works with local, regional, and national stakeholders and coalitions to advocate for hepatitis B awareness and support.
Dr. Tang has been involved in hepatitis B advocacy since 2006 though the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Hep B Free campaign and as the coordinator and co-founder of the San Francisco Hepatitis B Collaborative where she helped establish two permanent clinics for hepatitis B screening, vaccination and education, and a volunteer health interpreter corps to address language barriers during outreach to Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Tang received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and worked at the Bellevue Hospital Viral Hepatitis Clinic during her internal medicine residency at the NYU.
Jane Pan has been with Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington D.C., Inc. (HBI-DC) since 2009, serving in the capacity of a hands-on Executive Director. She has engaged key community leaders to work with health clinics, pro bono physicians, university researchers, and advocates to promote the understanding of hepatitis B and C through a public – private partnership. Ms. Pan has been working with at-risk communities to identify their needs; clarify their demands; and reinforcing the importance of hepatitis B and C education, screening, and HBV vaccination among the high-risk groups through culturally appropriate messages.
In 2013, Ms. Pan won the NVHR Community Advocate Award for her excellent work in Hepatitis B outreach, education, screening, and vaccination among high-risk communities. Through her leadership, HBI-DC has provided education to over 11,000 individuals, screened over 7,000, and identified over 2000 individuals vulnerable to infection in need of vaccination; and identified nearly 500 who tested positive for either HBV and/or HCV in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Ms. Pan has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and had worked at St. Vincent hospital in New York and Arlington Hospital in Virginia for many years. She then forged a career as an entrepreneur prior to joining HBI-DC; her past experiences have broadened her knowledge of and honed her skills in project management, event planning/coordination, budgeting, purchasing, personnel management, community relations, and marketing strategy, all of which has helped HBI-DC make advancements in carrying out its mission.
Ms. Karuna Ramachandran, M.A., Ed.M., serves as CPACS Health Programs Director. She received her Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University in 2006. She has worked with community-based nonprofits for the last ten years, both in Atlanta and New York City, developing a broad range of projects from youth development programs, adult professional development, community coalition building, and alcohol and drug prevention programs. Currently, she plays a lead role in needs assessment, data analysis and strategic planning activities for a variety of CPACS health programs and services, including CPACS Federally Qualified Health Center – CPACS Cosmo Health Center – and CPACS Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment assistance program.
Dr. Hong Liu, PhD, MA
Dr. Hong Liu, PhD, MA, is currently Executive Director of the Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) with a mission to reduce health disparities for the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the Midwest. During the past 15 years, Dr. Liu has been working tirelessly with various national and local organizations to raise public awareness about the hepatitis B issue in AAPIs. Dr. Liu successfully led an Illinois Campaign for Hepatitis Awareness Day. Ninety-seven local and national organizations endorsed Dr. Liu’s advocacy letter to the Governor of Illinois and the Mayor of Chicago. For the first time in history, both offices proclaimed May 19th as the Hepatitis Awareness Day in Chicago and Illinois. The Hepatitis B Program at MAHA led by Dr. Liu in the Greater Chicago area has reached thousands of Asian immigrants and refugees. Dr. Liu brought with her 15 years of policy advocacy and community programming experiences to the Task Force, as well as her passion and commitment to reducing the hepatitis burden suffered by the Asian American populations.
MAHA under the leadership of Dr. Liu is well recognized as a grass-root community-based organization and has received numerous awards, including the Best Practice Award, presented by the National Task Force on Hepatitis B Focusing on APIs in 2016; the Family Advocacy for IPS Supported Employment Program Award, presented by Johnson and Johnson Foundation and the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. Dr. Liu received the Exemplary Community Service Award in 2014, presented by the Asian American Coalition of Chicago; the American Hall of Fame-Public Health Contribution Award in 2011; the Community Leadership Award from the Chinese American Association of Greater Chicago in 2010; the Community Excellent Service Award by Citi Bank in 2010, and the Community Excellence Award by Cook Country Treasurer in 2008. Dr. Liu was recognized as one of the top 10 Chinese leaders by the Chinese 2010 Year Book.
Dr. Lu-yu Hwang, MD
Dr. Lu-yu Hwang, MD, is a Professor at the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environment Science Center for Infectious Diseases under the School of Public Health, University of Texas HSC at Houston, TX.
Mohammed Abdu-kadir, MPH, MSIS
Mohammed Abdu-kadir, MPH, MSIS, is currently serving as the coordinator for the Hepatitis B Coalition of Washington (HBCW). He is a graduate of the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and the Jackson School of International Relations with Masters degrees in Global Health and International Studies respectively. He has served the underprivileged and underrepresented communities for nearly three decades. He is married and a father of one.
Dr. Binh Tran, PharmD, MBA
Dr. Binh Tran, PharmD, MBA, graduated from the Saigon School of Pharmacy in Viet Nam. While working at Miles Laboratories in Indiana in 1975, she pursued a Master’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Notre Dame. When moving to San Diego, Dr. Tran continued her work in clinical diagnostics, then completed a PharmD degree from the Saint-Louis College of Pharmacy in Missouri in 1997. She received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University in 2005.
Dr. Tran is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Health Foundation in San Diego. A practicing pharmacist with interest in public health issues, she organizes health fairs and educational outreaches in the community, while participating in the experiential teaching of students as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy. She was appointed to the Dean’s Advisory Boards for Industry and Community Pharmacy Practice, and directed many Pharmacy CE programs at National and International Conventions of the Vietnamese American Medical Association.
Dr. Tran’s work on Hepatitis B began in 2003 when the Asian Pacific Health Center collaborated with Community Health Group and other groups in the Hepatitis B Prevention Project for Asians and Pacific Islanders. The APHC was the winner of the Asian Heritage Award for Health and Medicine in 2007. Dr. Tran collaborated with Dr. Robert Gish and Dr. David Wyles at UCSD on the CDC grant to screen at-risk populations for Hepatitis B (2012-2014), and recently obtained a mini-grant from Hep – B United to expand the screening to other population groups in San Diego.
Along with students on the research team, she presented abstracts on Point-of-care and Standard-of-care tests in clinics and at the community setting at the 2013 Hep Dart Meeting and the 1st International Singapore Hepatitis Conference last June 2014.
She has been a member of the National Task Force for Hepatitis B with Focus on the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans since 2003, and Regional Director for the Southwest Region since 2010. www.aphfoundation.net San Diego,1-12-15
Maxine Yang is the current President of Team HBV at UCSD (San Diego, CA). She is a dedicated and adaptive college student with proven leadership experience, customer service, medical knowledge, and social skills with diverse working and community service experience. She’s currently a senior at University of California San Diego, LaJolla, CA.
Amy Trang, PhD, MEd
Amy Trang, PhD, MEd is the founder and CEO of Social Capital Solutions, Inc.. Social Capital Solutions has been contracted to provide management services for the Task Force since 2014. Dr. Trang is passionate about raising awareness about viral hepatitis screening and linkages to care services because she has had family and friends personally affected by it. In addition to the National Task Force on Hepatitis B Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, she also serves as a Program Development Consultant for HBI-DC and Manager of Administrative Services for the Vietnam Viral Hepatitis Alliance.
Dr. Trang completed her doctorate degree in Public Policy from George Mason University School of Public Policy after transferring her doctoral studies in Culture and Values of Education from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). She holds a master’s degree in Social and Psychological Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia (UVA) Curry School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from George Mason University. She has also been an adjunct faculty at UVA since 2000, where she teaches Asian Education, Anthropology of Education, Sociology of Education, and Critical Education Policy.