LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network)

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Events and Programs

In its ongoing efforts to educate communities and raise awareness about lupus, LANtern actively participates in national health conferences, professional symposia, community outreach initiatives, and agency-based workshops. Since the program’s inception, we have participated in more than 75 programs. In addition to our educational presentations, we host events to foster a sense of community among the clients who use our services, our volunteers and staff members, and our Advisory Board Members. Following is a sample of recent LANtern events and programs.  For additional information about LANtern activities, visit LANtern in the News.

Presentations for the Professionals

  • Grand Rounds on Lupus: Chronicity, Ethnicity and Psychiatry, for Behavioral Health professionals at Gouverneur Healthcare Services, to highlight implication in relation with the pending DSM5 as a diagnostic and treatment tool.  Conducted by Dr. John Barnhill, Chief of the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Psychiatry at Hospital for Special Surgery. April 18, 2012
  • Grand Rounds on Pregnancy Care of Lupus Patients for Women’s Health Department staff at Gouverneur Healthcare Services, to enhance knowledge about pregnancy in lupus. Conducted by Michael Lockshin, MD, Rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery and Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics-Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College. April 12, 2012
  • In-service training for the Chinese-American Planning Council’s service staff in the Brooklyn Branch, focusing on lupus basics and service coordination for the Chinese Americans with limited English proficiency. Presented by My-Lan Tran, LCSW, Manager of LANtern®. March 26, 2012
  • Grand Rounds on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Primary Care Perspective for internal medicine staff at Gouverneur Healthcare Services, with a focus on diagnostic and comprehensive treatment care for patients with lupus by physicians in the primary care services. Conducted by Arthur M Yee, MD, PhD, Rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery and LANtern Advisory Board Member. July 29, 2011
  • Grand Rounds on Neuro-Psychiatric Aspects of Lupus, with an emphasis on the basics of lupus and common neuropsychiatric, psychiatric and psychological complications of lupus for the behavioral staff at Gouverneur Healthcare Services.  Conducted by Dr. John Barnhill, Chief of the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Psychiatry at Hospital for Special Surgery. June 8, 2011.
  • Presentation Lupus in the Chinese Community – Why Should We Care? at the Chinese-American Planning Council provided for supervisory staff of this multi-social service organization, with different branch offices throughout the city.  The focus was to raise awareness about lupus prevalence in the Chinese community, and to introduce opportunities for our community partnership, by My-Lan Tran, LCSW, LANtern® Program Manager.  March 15, 2011
  • Grand Rounds on Lupus, with a specific emphasis on the pregnant lupus patient, and neonatal lupus for medical staff at Gouverneur Healthcare Services. The Grand Rounds was presented by Michael D. Lockshin, MD, LANtern® collaborating Hospital for Special Surgery Rheumatologist and Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics –Gynecology, Weil-Cornell Medical College.  February 24, 2011. 
  • Presentation Lupus and Our Asian Community.  In collaboration with the Asian Health and Social Service Council for its membership organizations, LANtern® coordinated a panel presentation on lupus, which included medical and psychosocial information and resources relevant to serving the Asian community. Panelists included:  Ya Ju Chang, MD, Chinese American Medical Society member, Kate Anastasia, MPH, Director of Programs for the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, Eliza Ngan-Dittgen, BA, LANtern® Program Associate, and My-Lan Tran, LCSW, LANtern® Program Manager. The event was also covered by local media.
  • Asian American Women’s Health Symposium.  A Woman’s Health across a Lifespan. Panel presentation moderated by My-Lan Tran and panelist Dr. Cindy Meng Hou. (See webcast under “LANtern in the News – Webcasts & Audio Clips”). June 2010.
  • 74th American College of Rheumatology/ Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Scientific Meeting. Poster presentation entitled: LANtern (Lupus Asian Network): Evaluation of an Innovative National Program. October 2009. 134th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting. Poster presentation entitled: LANtern (Lupus Asian Network):  Bringing lupus into the Asian-American limelight. November 2006.
  • 134th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting. Poster presentation: LANtern (Lupus Asian Network): An innovative approach to empower women with lupus and their families. November 2006. 71st American College of Rheumatology/ Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Scientific Meeting.  Symposium presentation entitled: LANtern (Lupus Asian Network): Strategies for achieving cultural relevance for lupus education and support. November 2006.
  • Minority Access, Inc., National Role Models Conference. Panelist presentation entitled: Enhancing research and treatment gaps to close the health disparities gap. September 2006.
  • Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. Grand rounds presentation. June 2006.
  • Greater New York Health Association Community Affairs Meeting. Presentation entitled: HSS Models for Serving Culturally Diverse Lupus Patients & Families. April 2006.
  • 42nd Annual Chinese American Medical Society Scientific Meeting. Rheumatology presentation. October 2005.
  • 2nd Annual Center for the Study of Asian American Health Conference. Roundtable presentation entitled: Empowering community members through peer advocate models. September 2005.
  • Charles B. Wang Community Health Center – Flushing. Journal club presentation. August 2005.
  • 69th Annual Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Meeting. Symposium presentation entitled: Peer counseling interventions for culturally diverse adults & teens with lupus – LANtern: a model for serving Chinese-Americans and their families. November 2004.
  • 12th Conference on Health Care of the Chinese in North America. Invited presentation: LANtern (Lupus Asian Network): An Innovative Health Education, Empowerment and Outreach Initiative for Chinese-Americans with SLE. October 2004.
  • Charles B. Wang Community Health Center Grand Rounds presentation: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Primary Care Perspective. May 2003.

Community Presentations and Outreach

  • Community lecture on Lupus Basics in Cantonese by Ms. Eliza Ngan-Dittgen, LANtern Program Associate, and Arthritis Basics by Ms. Esther Lo, social work intern at Arthritis Foundation, NYC Chapter. Sponsored by Mannings Confucius Pharmacy, Visiting Nurse Services, and University Settlement. April 19, 2012.
  • Joint presentation with Arthritis Foundation-NY, to introduce lupus as one of the many types of arthritis to the Chinese community in Brooklyn, sponsored by Mannings Confucius Pharmacy, Maimonides Medical Center, and Metropolitan Jewish Health Center. Conducted in Cantonese by Ms. Esther Lo, social work intern at Arthritis Foundation-NY, and Ms. Eliza Ngan-Dittgen, LANtern Program Associate. March 26, 2012 
  • Chinese-American Planning Council’s Family Day Fair in Chinatown, Manhattan. October 31, 2011
  • Lecture in Brooklyn, Lupus and Emotional Health, sponsored by Manning Confucius Pharmacy, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Maimonides Medical Center, on emotional coping in life with lupus by My-Lan Tran, LCSW, LANtern Manager, provided in Cantonese. May 23, 2011
  • Lecture in Chinatown, Manhattan, Lupus and Optimal Health, sponsored by Manning Confucius Pharmacy, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and University Settlement. Living a healthy lifestyle with lupus, from a personal perspective by Eliza Ngan-Dittgen and My-Lan Tran, LCSW, provided in Cantonese. May 19, 2011.
  • Lecture in Chinatown, Manhattan, What is Lupus?, sponsored in collaboration with the Chinese Community Partnership for Health at New York Downtown Hospital, to introduce what lupus is by LANtern staff, Eliza Ngan-Dittgen and My-Lan Tran, LCSW, in Cantonese. May 10, 2011.
  • Lupus Awareness Seminar: What the Asian Community Needs to Know sponsored in collaboration with the Asian American/Asian Research Institute at City University of New York. Raised awareness about the prevalence of lupus in the Asian American community by our distinguished panelists: Dr. Stephen A Paget, HSS Physician-in-Chief Emeritus, Su Jin Kim, LCSW, Social Work Manager, HSS Rheumatology, and Karen Ng, MPH, LANtern Advisory Board Member. May 3, 2011 
  • Community forum held in Flushing, Lupus in the Chinese Community, sponsored in collaboration with the New York Chinese American Association. Provided in Mandarin by Dr. Cindy Meng Hou, LANtern Advisory Board Member, Eliza Ngan-Dittgen, LANtern Program Associate, and My-Lan Tran, LCSW, LANtern Manager, on common lupus symptoms, western treatment for lupus, and some ways to maintain optimal health. April 30, 2011. 
  • Community Fair in Flushing for the Korean and Chinese American communities.  April 9, 2011.
  • Lecture entitled What Is Lupus? Sponsored in collaboration with the Asian Health and Social Services Council, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, University Settlement, and the Confucius Mannings Pharmacy. June 2010.
  • Workshop entitled What Do We Know About Lupus? Sponsored in collaboration with the New York Chinese American Association. Presented in Mandarin. December 2009.

Annual participation in community events, including:

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival
  • Charles B. Wang Community Health Center “Good Health Day”
  • Chinese Community Partnership for Health “Downtown Wellness Day”
  • Chinese Community Social Service & Health Council Fair

Special Events

  • LANtern 4th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration 2012
  • Living Healthy with Lupus, a wellness event in celebration of Lupus Awareness Month in May highlighted by an educational presentation that is theme-focused. Offered in collaboration with  LANtern’s sister programs, LupusLine®, Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)®, and SLE Workshop at Hospital for Special Surgery, and our co-sponsor, the SLE Lupus Foundation. 2008 – present
  • Information tabling during the Lupus Awareness Month in May for visitors and staff at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Collaborated with HSS’ LupusLine®, Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)®, SLE Workshop, Ambulatory Care Center’s Adult and Pediatric Social Work Services and the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care. 2008 – present
  • LANtern 3rd Lunar New Year Celebration Event 2011
  • LANtern Lunar New Year Celebration at the Hospital for Special Surgery in 2008, and in Manhattan's Chinatown 2009.
  • SLE Workshop presentation - Volunteering: Benefiting Yourself and Others. October 2008.
  • Lupus Across Cultures Meet & Greet in Chinatown. October 2008.
  • LANtern Meet & Greet at Hospital for Special Surgery. October 2008.
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