2015 Arizona Diabetes Summit

Asian Community Implications

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Diabetes in Asian American Communities – Ho Luong Tran, MD, MPH

Dr. Ho Luong Tran came from a compelling history as a Vietnamese refugee and built an inspiring twenty-year government and public health service career. She is a recognized visionary leader and compassionate advocate for the advancement of well-being of ethnic communities.

Dr. Tran received a doctor of medicine degree from Saigon Medical School, completed a Pediatrics residency at St. Luke Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago, and received a master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Tran chaired the State of Illinois Governor’s Advisory Council on Asian Affairs and the City of Chicago Mayor’s Council on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. She has been appointed to many commissions, including the HHS Secretary’s National Minority Health Advisory Council. Dr. Tran also served as the Special Assistant on Asian Affairs within the Center for Minority Health of the Illinois Department of Public Health, helping minority populations by providing information and technical assistance and by developing, maintaining and enhancing health care services.
Dr. Tran was the President & CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national advocacy organization whose mission is to enable AANHPIs to attain the highest level of health and well-being. In less than five years, she grew the organization’s budget from $2.9 to $6 million, developed health policy initiatives such as creating the Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Alliance and NCAPIP and led her policy staff to develop the Blueprint for Achieving Optimal Health and Well-Being of AANHPIs.

Recently, Dr. Tran was recognized for excellence in bringing Asian health issues to the forefront when she received the Trailblazer award from the Office of Minority Health, Health and Human Services. She received local recognition when she was featured in ABC7 KGO-TV San Francisco News Profiles of Excellence series.

Diabetes in Asian American Communities

Optimum Body Mass Index Cutpoints to Screen Asian Americans for Type 2 Diabetes – Maria Rosario (Happy) G. Araneta PhD

Maria Rosario (Happy) G. Araneta PhD is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. She received her BA in Biology from UCSD and her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology (with special emphasis in Perinatal Epidemiology) from Yale University. Dr. Araneta received the 2014 American Diabetes Association’s Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award for her research on diabetes among Asians and Pacific Islanders. She serves on the NIH Advisory Council for the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Her research interests include maternal and pediatric HIV/AIDS, birth defects, life course exposures, and ethnic health disparities in type 2 diabetes, regional fat distribution, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic abnormalities. She is the Principal Investigator of the UCSD Filipino Health Study, a longitudinal study of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis among Filipino men and women; the UCSD PI of the Practicing Restorative Yoga vs. Stretching for the Metabolic Syndrome (PRYSMS) study; co-investigator of the Rancho Bernardo Study where she leads research on ethnic health disparities among Caucasian, Filipino and African-American (Health Assessment Study of African-American Women) women; and a co-investigator of the Diabetes Prevention Program. She serves as a perinatal epidemiologist for the UCSD Mother, Child and Adolescent HIV Program where she is a co-investigator on maternal and perinatal HIV studies in Mexico, and a study to reduce child abandonment and neglect among HIV positive parents. Her prior research includes studies on birth defects and adverse reproductive outcomes among Gulf War veterans, HIV transmission through donor artificial insemination, and mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission.

Dr. Araneta is the Director of Epidemiology Courses for the UCSD CREST/MAS program where she teaches Epidemiology I and Applied Epidemiology. She has also taught Applied Epidemiology to junior faculty in Ethiopia through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative. She teaches research principles to UCSD medical students and doctoral students in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health.

Optimum Body Mass Index Cutpoints to Screen Asian Americans for Type 2 Diabetes

Selected Bibliography

BMI Cut Points to Identify At-Risk Asian Americans for Type 2 Diabetes Screening
Diabetes Care 2015;38:150–158 | DOI: 10.2337/dc14-2391

Pathophysiologic Differences Among Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders and Treatment Implications
Diabetes Care, Volume 35, May 2012

Understanding and Addressing Unique Needs of Diabetes in Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
Diabetes Care, Volume 35, May 2012

Elevated Rates of Diabetes in Pacific Islanders and Asian Subgroups
Diabetes Care Publish Ahead of Print, published online October 15, 2012

National Diabetes Education Program Strategic Directions for 2011, 2012 and 2013

Type 2 Diabetes: An Epidemic Requiring Global Attention and Urgent Action – Commentary
Diabetes Care, Volume 35, May 2012

Diabetes in South Asians: Findings from the MASALA study

Type 2 Diabetes prevalence: the UCSD Filipino Health Study

Addressing Diabetes Prevention among Hmong adults

Diabetes in the US Pacific Islands