Raising Voices for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Tune in to a few episodes of the Arthritis Foundation’s Live Yes! With Arthritis podcast to hear from leaders in the AAPI community. 

By Allison Wilcosky | May 8, 2024

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. At the Arthritis Foundation, it’s important to us to listen to and raise the voices of all communities. One of our favorite ways to listen is through our Live Yes! With Arthritis podcast. We’re highlighting three episodes that elevate AAPI voices and what matters in our shared arthritis community.

Angela Chun, MDchun

Dr. Angela Chun appeared on episode 97 of our podcast. She and guest host, Stephanie Rosado, Ph.D. , discussed the disparity in health care in the U.S. — especially as it relates to arthritis — why it’s important to build and nurture more diverse rheumatology networks, how patients and physicians can benefit and what is being done to fill this gap by the Arthritis Foundation and other organizations.  

Dr. Chun completed her fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine and is an attending physician at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Rheumatology at Northwestern University. As a Rice-Baylor Medical Scholar, she earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, and she completed her pediatrics residency training at Northwestern University. Before her fellowship in pediatric rheumatology, she gained nearly a decade's worth of experience in global health, and she is committed to bringing these skills home to advocate for pediatric rheumatology, a field that is not well understood and consequently underrepresented, underfunded and underserved. She obtained her Master of Education degree from the University of Houston and she is passionate about education as a sustainable form of patient advocacy. She has been awarded the Arthritis Foundation Curriculum Development Solutions to Growing the Diversity in the Rheumatology Workforce grant, and she plans to continue her efforts in curriculum development with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion as the associate program director of the pediatrics rheumatology fellowship at Northwestern University.

Yvonne Lee, MDLee

Dr. Yvonne Lee appeared on episode 99 of our Live Yes! With Arthritis podcast. Dr. Lee shared her expertise on how sleep and pain are interconnected, as well as some strategies to break the cycle and get restful sleep to help reduce arthritis pain.

Dr. Lee is the Helen Myers McLoraine Professor of Rheumatology and Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a rheumatologist and clinical researcher who studies pain mechanisms in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and their impact on the patient experience of pain. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her internal medicine residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Lee subsequently completed her rheumatology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. During this time, she also received a Master of Medical Science degree from Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on understanding the central nervous system regulation of pain in patients with recently diagnosed RA. In 2022, she was awarded the Supplement to Advance Research (STAR) Award to incorporate novel brain imaging methods into a multi-modal approach to study pain pathways. Her active research projects also include studies the use of wearable devices to assess sleep patterns in patients with RA, as well as translational studies to investigate immunophenotypic and transcriptional heterogeneity as biomarkers of pain in patients with RA. In addition to research, Dr. Lee is passionate about training and mentoring the next generation of rheumatology researchers. In recognition of this, she was recently awarded an NIH K24 Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research.

Gary HoHo

Gary Ho appeared on episode 89 of the podcast. He and co-host, Pete Scalia, discuss how their arthritis impacts them physically, mentally, emotionally and socially — and how they cope.

Gary Ho is a seasoned advocate with eight years of devoted service to rare and underserved communities. As the Co-founder of the Gout Support Group of America (GSGA), Gary combines his personal experiences with gout to drive initiatives that empower and educate a community of over 15,000 members. His proactive management strategies are a testament to his commitment to those affected by this condition.

In addition to his role at GSGA, Gary serves as the Senior Community Director at Trend Community. This cutting-edge analytical firm employs specialized AI technology to convert casual social media conversations into actionable plans. His role at Trend Community enhances his advocacy work by merging grassroots efforts with digital solutions, thereby accelerating the quest for innovative therapies.

You can listen to these episodes and more of our Live Yes! With Arthritis podcast through Spotify, Apple or wherever you get your podcasts.
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