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LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network)

LANtern Services

Whether you have lupus or you know someone with lupus, LANtern is here to help you.

LANtern has four main services:

Peer Support Program 

HSS and Lupus Foundation of America are pleased to offer lupus support groups for the Asian community in both Cantonese and English. Our bilingual peer health education program connects people from near and far with the appropriate knowledge, resources, and support to cope well with lupus.

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Come join a free Asian support group where you can learn about lupus, share coping strategies, and feel supported on your lupus journey. Please see our calendar below:

Cantonese-Speaking Support Group (Virtual)

Meets quarterly on the 2nd Saturday at 11AM - 12:30PM Eastern

February 17

May 18

August 17

November 16

Facilitator: Eliza Ngan, BA
LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network), HSS

For more information:

Phone: 646.797.8338
Email: lantern@hss.edu

Eliza Ngan

English-Speaking Support Group (Virtual)

Meets every month on the 3rd Thursday at 6PM - 7:30PM Pacific

February 15

March 21

May 16

June 20

September 19

October 17

November 14*

December 12*

* Week earlier

Facilitator: Karen Ng, MPH
Lupus Foundation of America

For more information:

Email: LFAasiangroup@gmail.com
Website: lupus.org/SoCal

Click here to register

Karen Ng


Support Line

Did you just find out you have lupus? Are you looking for more information about local resources and referrals? Are you trying to learn more about lupus for your loved one? Do you want to talk to someone else who also has lupus to share your experiences and stories?

You can access direct assistance by calling our Support Line and speaking with our bilingual Program Manager. The manager can also connect you with one of our Peer Health Educators.

Call the LANtern® SupportLine today:
866.505.2253 outside NYC (toll-free)
or 212.774.2508 in New York City
Email: lantern@hss.edu

LANtern offers peer health education and social work support through our toll-free telephone SupportLine. We understand how hard it can be to comprehend a medical diagnosis. We understand how language obstacles may prevent you from finding the proper support. We understand that there may be certain issues that are important to you.

We have trained volunteers – people who have lupus or have family members with lupus – who can speak to you over the phone and help you clarify concerns and work effectively with your health care team. You can call our SupportLine from your home or office. LANtern’s SupportLine is also available in Cantonese, Mandarin and a few other Asian languages/dialects. We can provide support and education by phone appointment at times that are best for both of you - daytime, evenings, or weekends.

You can leave a voice mail message at any time. Tell us the best times to reach you. Your call will be returned by our program as soon as possible. After a screening phone call to assess your personal needs, you may be matched with a trained peer health educator.

Bilingual Publications

Do you want bilingual (Chinese/English) materials that you can share with your family members and friends?

LANtern offers bilingual resources about lupus that specifically address issues important to the Chinese community. They are designed to help you and your loved ones understand lupus. They may also help to facilitate discussion around how to cope with the impact of having this chronic illness. You can read them online, download them, or request free single copies to be sent to you. For specific medical advice, seek the services of your personal health provider.


Lupus: Myths & Facts. Addresses common misconceptions about lupus, answers questions about the disease, and explains basic facts about lupus in a way that is easy to understand.

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Lupus Myths and Facts (pdf)

Talking About Lupus. It can be hard to talk about lupus – with both your doctor, as well as family and friends. This publication provides tips to make it easier.

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Talking About Lupus (pdf)


LANtern Information Sheet. This postcard contains a description of LANtern’s services and how we can be reached.

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Chinese Version
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English Version
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What Chinese Americans and Their Families Should Know About Lupus.

If you have been recently diagnosed with lupus or have been living with it for some time, this award-winning 20-page booklet will help you manage the illness with strength and sensitivity. For a free copy of this booklet, please see directions below for ordering a publication below.

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For Inquiring Teens with Lupus: Our Thoughts, Issues, & Concerns

If you are a teenager with lupus, this booklet written by a young woman diagnosed with lupus as a teen has an “insider” perspective. This booklet takes into account some of the specific issues, both medical and emotional, relevant to teens living with the illness. It is available in English and Chinese, as well as Spanish (pdf).

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To order free printed copies of any of these publications, please call  212.774.2508 or email lantern@hss.edu with the following: your name, your mailing address, the requested brochure(s), and if you’d like to be included in our mailing list of LANtern events.

Schedule a Presentation

Are you a healthcare provider interested in an in-service training for you and your colleagues? Are you part of a community, medical, professional, multi-service agency or would like to learn more about a disease that affects Asian-Americans at a higher prevalence?

LANtern offers presentations to increase awareness and education about lupus to both medical and social service agency providers and the general community. We have medical experts who can speak about early identification and diagnosis of lupus and why it is particularly relevant to the Chinese community. We have trained volunteers who can share their experiences and insights about living with lupus.

Please contact the Senior Manager at 212.774.2508 or lantern@hss.edu to further discuss and arrange a LANtern presentation.