OHSU Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Learn about diverse Asian Pacific Islander (API) American communities at two events hosted by the API Employee Resource Group to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

The month of May is celebrated across the country as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, an opportunity to recognize the contributions of diverse API communities in the United States. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 18.5 million Americans who identify as Asians and Pacific Islanders. At 43 percent, the rate of growth of the Asian-American population is the largest among all racial and ethnic communities since the 2000 census.

Oregon is home to more than 154,000 API residents that represent a wide variety of ethnic groups, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Korean, Indianand more.  API communities include native Oregonians and newcomers who come from diverse national histories, linguistic and religious backgrounds. Here at OHSU, APIs represent about 10 percent of our total student, faculty and staff population across all academic programs and mission areas.

OHSU’s emerging API Employee Resource Group invites the OHSU community to these upcoming conversations. Both events are free and open to the public.

Speaker, Ronault “Polo” Catalani

May 15Noon-1 p.m. at the OHSU Auditorium (Old Library):  Ronault “Polo” Catalani, J.D., an activist-lawyer will present on “Families Move: Facts and Fears About Human Migration.” In his role as manager of New Portlander Programs at the City of Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights, he works with immigrant and refugee community partners to develop and deliver valuable city services to their robust neighborhoods. The vehicle for newcomer integration is civic engagement, the goal is participating in democracy. Polo is well-known in the community for his advocacy work, as well as his column in The Asian Reporter.

May 17, 8:30am-3pm at the Center for Health & Healing: Join the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon’s 6th annual State of Healthcare Cultural Competency Community Forum for “Stronger Families, Stronger Communities.”

May 29Noon-1pm at the BICC Gallery: Join us for a panel discussion among OHSU faculty and providers on the topic of cultural competent care.

Panelists will discuss their personal and clinical experiences in providing culturally competent care for API and other diverse patients. The discussion will touch on psychosocial and cultural facets that are unique to API communities, and highlight each provider’s unique perspectives about integrating a patient’s belief systems into their treatment or care plan.

Confirmed panelists include:

• Anna Marie Chang, M.D., M.S.C.E., assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

• Amy Mee-Ran Kobus, Ph.D., M.C.R., assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry

• Frances Lee-Lin, Ph.D., R.N., O.C.N., C.N.S., associate professor, OHSU School of Nursing

• John Ng, M.D., F.A.C.S., orbital trauma specialist and a member of the Division of Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery at the Casey Eye Institute

For questions, to request accommodation to attend either event, or to learn more about the OHSU API Employee Resource Group, contact cdi@ohsu.edu or visit www.ohsu.edu/diversity.


Maileen Hamto is Communications Manager for the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, which leads and supports university-wide initiatives to create a culture of respect and inclusion for all people.