Meet the dedicated staff of the Asian American Health Initiative:
Perry Chan, MS, CHES
Perry Chan is the Program Manager for the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI). In this position, he provides leadership on achieving equity and eliminating disparities for Asian Americans in Montgomery County. His duties include planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of AAHI’s programs. Perry is also responsible for budget management, grant monitoring, and other administrative and management-related tasks of AAHI.
Perry has served on numerous workgroups and committees, including the NIAMS Multicultural Initiative’s Asian American Pacific Islander workgroup and the Adventist Healthcare’s Center on Health Disparities’ advisory board. Perry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland and Master of Science degree in Health Administration Informatics from the University of Maryland University College. He is also a certified health education specialist.
Sanjana Quasem, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator
Sanjana Quasem serves as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI). In this capacity she provides technical support to other staff members and is responsible for activities related to data collection, evaluation, reporting, and project management. She also contributes to AAHI’s overall program growth through strategic planning and development. Her professional interests include health equity, capacity building, program planning, minority health, and mental health. Sanjana received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health and her Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health, both from the University of Maryland College Park, School of Public Health. Born and raised in Montgomery County, she is committed to bettering the health of her community members.
Behavioral Health Program Coordinator
Sobia Ahmad is the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI). Her responsibilities include assessing mental health needs of the Asian American community in Montgomery County, building partnerships, and developing and implementing culturally and linguistically competent outreach programs related to mental health and general wellness. She is grateful to be a part of AAHI because it allows her to use her passion for health equity and justice to serve the community members while learning a great deal from them. Sobia received a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Community Heath and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Maryland College Park. She balances her time between her art practice and conducting mental health outreach at AAHI.
Huyen Bui is the Resource Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. Her main responsibilities include assisting residents by informing them of and connecting them with existing health and social services available within the County. She is also responsible for planning, coordinating, and evaluating small business outreach in the community. Huyen is passionate about all aspects of public health and especially enjoys interacting with the community through outreach efforts. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration and Policy with a focus on Public Health from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Karie Cheung, CHES
Karie Cheung is the Program Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. Her main responsibilities include planning, coordinating, and evaluating health outreach events, facilitating the Health Promoter Program, and overseeing the Hepatitis B Project. Karie expresses her passion for minority and global health through direct engagement with community members. She received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health and minor in Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is First Aid/AED certified.
Senior Wellness Program Coordinator
Hyewon Lee serves as the Senior Wellness Program Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. Her main responsibilities include assessing senior health needs and enabling accessibility of senior health services to the Asian American community. Hyewon is passionate about healthcare and will strive to create feasible programs with strategic planning and performance management. Hyewon received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration and Policy with a minor in Management of Aging Services from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified, and will not only look at external improvements in the community, but she will conduct internal implementations with efficiency and effectiveness.
Karlie Leung, MA
Health Education and Communications Coordinator
Karlie Leung is the Health Education & Communications Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. Her main responsibilities include developing and publishing culturally-relevant health education materials for the Asian American community, planning and implementing ECHO workshops, and maintaining AAHI’s communication with community members. Karlie is committed in educating the American public on the cultural and ethnic diversity of Asian Americans and raising awareness on the struggles and barriers affecting minorities in the US. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Criminology from the Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Arts in Anthropology from the George Washington University.
Alice Zic, MPH
Behavioral Health Program Coordinator
Alice Zic is the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. Her main responsibilities include assessing needs and utilization of behavioral health services within the Asian American community, as well as educating community members and behavioral health providers on how to better access and deliver behavioral health care. Alice is extremely passionate about mental health, particularly when it comes to administering mental health care in a manner that is both culturally and linguistically competent. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wake Forest University and her Master of Public Health in Global Health from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.
Diem-Thanh (Tanya) Dang
Diem-Thanh (Tanya) Dang serves as the Program Assistant for the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI). In this position, she provides office and administrative support services for AAHI and its staff, coordinates administrative and logistical aspects of AAHI activities, and maintains AAHI’s internal communication.
Tanya is committed to serving the underserved populations and interested in patient safety, program development, implementation, and evaluation as well as global health. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration and Policy Program (HAPP) from University of Maryland Baltimore County and is currently pursuing her Master degree in Healthcare Administration at University of Maryland University College. She is also actively involved in the Maryland Public Health Association.