In 1999, Suzy Kim, LCSW, ACSW, then a student intern in the Social Work Programs Department in HSS, conducted a study to determine the need for a culturally specific program for Asian American patients with lupus. The report concluded that a peer-based health education program about lupus would benefit the Asian American community, which often faces barriers to accessing and utilizing information to cope with lupus effectively. LANtern was founded to connect Asian Americans living with lupus and their families to others who could understand, through personal experience, the impact of the illness on daily life and its cultural implications.
In 2003, LANtern was officially launched and conducted its first Peer Health Educator Training Program under the leadership of its founder, Karen Ng, MPH. The Peer Health Educator Training Program was established to teach individuals with lupus how to most effectively provide support and education to Asian American patients and their families. That year, the national LANtern Support Line went live.
Today it continues to bring support to individuals with lupus and their families under the leadership of Program Manager My-Lan Tran, LCSW. LANtern recognizes the importance of educating communities to dispel misconceptions about lupus and provide an optimal support network. The name of the program in Chinese means “lupus’ guiding light.” The lantern symbol connotes hope and light to people living with lupus and to their families.
Now available for free download, LupusMinder was developed at HSS to track medications, daily symptoms and appointments. Visit hss.edu/lupusminder.
Call the LANtern® support line:
866.505.2253 - toll-free
212.774.2508 - New York City
LANtern offers bilingual resources about lupus that specifically address important issues.