LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network)

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Advisory Board

The LANtern Advisory Board plays an integral role in supporting the program in its mission and linking LANtern with the broader community. Voluntary members have provided valuable guidance, resources, and community collaborations to continue its strategic growth and implement culturally relevant program initiatives. The Board is comprised of physicians, community leaders, and patient representatives. Our Advisory Board members have invaluable insight and years of experience working with community-based health promotion programs. They dedicate their time in a most committed and collaborative spirit.

Diane Gross, MPH., Diane Gross serves as the National Director of Program Development for the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation overseeing patient education programs, patient services, advocacy and the organization’s Lupus Cooperative of NY program. Prior to joining the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, Diane was the Director of Special Initiatives in the Office of the Medical Director at the national office of the March of Dimes Foundation where her primary responsibility was managing a federal grant to develop, evaluate and implement genetics education programs in minority communities. Diane began her career in NYC at the Health Systems Agency of New York City and then went on to serve as the Director of Strategic Planning and Development at HIP Health Plans. She has an MPH from the Columbia University School of Public Health.

Henrietta Ho-Asjoe, M.P.S., is the Executive Director of General Human Outreach in the Community (GHO), a non-profit agency dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Previously, Ms. Ho-Asjoe was the Administrator and Director of Community Development for the Center for the Study of Asian American Health at the NYU Langone Medical Center, where she directed the development of program activities and partnership-building. Formerly she was the Director of the Chinese Community Partnership for Health at New York Downtown Hospital. She is a co-editor of the Praeger Handbook of Asian American Health: Taking Notice and Taking Action (2009) and serves on several advisory boards. Ms. Ho-Asjoe received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her Master of Professional Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York.

Cindy M. Hou, D.O., M.B.A., is a patient and a physician. At the age of seven, she was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus. She received experimental treatment at the National Institutes of Health. Despite her illness, she was able to graduate from Yale University and to receive her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since 2004, she has been involved with LANtern. Dr. Hou completed her internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at Kennedy Memorial Hospital/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Stratford, NJ, and is joining a private practice. She and her husband Brian live in Cherry Hill, NJ.  

Kenny Kwong, Ph.D., LMSW, is an Assistant Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, the City University of New York. He has worked as a social work practitioner and researcher and has extensive experiences in grant development, project planning, and evaluation in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, cancer, adolescent pregnancy prevention, cardiovascular health, and health literacy. Since 1995, Dr. Kwong has conducted numerous workshops and presentations in local and national conferences on the topics of immigrant health, cultural sensitivity, diabetes, tobacco control, and mental health. Since 2002, he has served as a member of the LANtern Advisory Board and has provided input and recommendations on programmatic and health outreach initiatives.

Karen Ng, M.P.H., is the founder of LANtern. She began raising awareness about lupus in the Asian American community in 2001. For over six years, Ms. Ng used her personal experience with lupus, her passion, and her leadership to bring national attention to the importance of LANtern services. She graduated from Cornell University and received her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University in 2009. She remains active by volunteering with Asian American non-profit organizations in New York City and gratefully acknowledges her family and friends who provide unconditional love and support.

Shalini Vora, MPH.,  is the Women’s Health Program Manager at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. As the program manager, she is responsible for discovering new funding sources, managing all grants, reporting, and overseeing health education activities within the women’s health department. She has worked at the community health center setting since 2005. She received her B.S. in Public Health from Rutgers University and holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Southern California.

ADA Wong, R.H.I.A., has served on the LANtern Advisory Board since 2009. She is Director of the Chinese Community Partnership for Health and Volunteer Services Department at the New York Downtown Hospital, administratively overseeing various programs and services that focus on health prevention and wellness in the Chinese American community in New York City. Her division proactively addresses the health needs of the underserved immigrants in the Chinese community, and reaches the larger Chinese American community through health screenings and education where people live and work. Ms. Wong has a degree in Health Information Management from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and more than twenty years of community and healthcare experiences.

Arthur Yee, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Attending Physician at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, specializing in rheumatology. Additional specific expertise is sarcoidosis, SLE, spondyloarthropathies, rheumatoid arthritis, and crystalline arthropathies. Dr. Yee completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and obtained his MD and PhD degrees at NYU Medical School. Dr. Yee completed a residency program in internal medicine at Weill Cornell and a fellowship program in rheumatology at HSS. He has been an Attending Physician at HSS since 1997.

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