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LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network)

About LANtern

LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network), launched in 2003, is the only national peer support and education program for Asian Americans with lupus. Studies have indicated that lupus affects Asian Americans two to three times as often as whites. LANtern is a response to the need for greater lupus support, education, and recognition in the Asian American community.

Through community outreach, advocacy activities, and collaborations with local and national organizations, we seek to promote lupus awareness to medical professionals, social service providers, identified and potential lupus patients, and the general public. Our national bilingual Peer Support Line is designed to provide culturally-relevant services to Asian Americans who desire contact and solidarity with others who live with lupus. Our bilingual publications were written to address the questions and concerns of Asian American individuals with lupus and their families.

As part of the Department of Social Work Programs at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), LANtern works closely with other culturally specific lupus support programs at HSS.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support, empower, and enhance the quality of life of Asian Americans with lupus and their families through our bilingual peer health education program. Our goal is to create and expand networks of hope and understanding, which will provide enlightenment concerning this complex illness.

Our Goals

  • Provide culturally-specific and language-appropriate peer health education to Asian Americans and their families.
  • Empower Asian American volunteers with lupus by training them as peer health educators and counselors.
  • Enhance access, communication, and understanding among relevant health providers, patients, and community resources to improve knowledge and support regarding the impact of lupus in Asian American communities.