For the second 12 months, UC Davis Well being is partnering with Asian Sources Inc. (ARI) to host a half-day Vietnamese Mini-Medical Faculty centered on wholesome ageing (lão hóa khỏe mạnh) for Sacramento’s Vietnamese neighborhood. 

The occasion is being held at ARI in Sacramento from 9:15 a.m. to midday Saturday, Could 21. Registration is free, and displays from native well being professionals will likely be performed in Vietnamese and English. A matter-and-answer session will comply with every presentation. Members are requested to register right here. ­ 

Inspiration got here from UC Davis Well being’s extremely acclaimed mini-medical faculty (MMS) program, which has been selling wholesome ageing for 20 years. Oanh Meyer, affiliate professor of neurology at UC Davis Faculty of Medication, launched a digital model of Vietnamese Mini-Medical Faculty in 2021 to make use of the mannequin to succeed in seniors and their relations within the Vietnamese neighborhood.

“Vietnamese Individuals are a big inhabitants domestically and nationally. As they age within the U.S., it’s necessary that we offer neighborhood training on completely different well being wants for them and their household caregivers. Final 12 months’s digital occasion was an important success, and we anticipate this 12 months’s in-person occasion to be the identical,” Meyer stated. 

Many older Vietnamese Individuals face distinctive well being challenges attributable to language limitations, entry to high quality care, and the trauma they skilled through the Vietnam Battle and as refugees. 

The matters will tackle a spread of well being challenges confronted by seniors, together with these skilled through the pandemic, frequent medicines and discovering sources. 

Oanh Meyer

The Vietnamese Mini-Medical Faculty gives a chance to handle a few of these disparities by offering a method for individuals to acquire well being data from trusted sources and in an pleasing neighborhood setting.Oanh Meyer

Presenters for the 2022 Vietnamese Mini-Medical Faculty embody: 

  • Nam Tran, a professor and senior director of scientific pathology at UC Davis Well being, will speak about how COVID-19 testing developed through the pandemic and what’s being performed now to handle the testing wants of the neighborhood.  
  • Brent Luu, an affiliate scientific professor within the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore Faculty of Nursing, will present an outline of frequent medicines utilized in older adults for diabetes and hypertension. 
  • Tuong-Vi Ha, a doctor specializing in household medication, will focus on find out how to higher take care of relations as they age, together with authorized facets like sturdy energy of legal professional and the significance of discovering sources. 

Vietnamese Individuals are the fourth largest Asian subgroup within the U.S. After the autumn of Saigon in 1975, the U.S. sponsored the evacuation of an estimated 125,000 refugees. Within the following years, there was a mass exodus because the humanitarian disaster elevated. At the moment, greater than 2 million individuals of Vietnamese descent reside within the U.S.

Meyer is main a first-of-its-kind research that’s following older Vietnamese Individuals to see what function adversity and trauma play in Alzheimer’s illness and dementia and the way being a Vietnam Battle-era refugee impacts mind well being.  

Meyer additionally leads the Variety and Disparities Lab, which has the objective of translating analysis into culturally acceptable, community-based interventions that may assist these affected by dementia and their household caregivers. 

“Many older Vietnamese Individuals in Sacramento lack entry to culturally and linguistically acceptable care. The Vietnamese Mini-Medical Faculty gives a chance to handle a few of these disparities by offering a method for individuals to acquire well being data from trusted sources and in an pleasing neighborhood setting,” Meyer stated. 

The Vietnamese Mini-Medical Faculty is sponsored by the Medical and Translational Science Middle’s (CTSC) Integrating Particular Populations into Analysis (INSPIRE) program and the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Illness Analysis Middle (ADRC).  


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