Our Staff

 

Meet the dedicated staff of the Asian American Health Initiative:

Perry Chan, MS, CHES

Program Manager

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.

Sobia Ahmad


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.

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.