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  • Responding to the Health Needs of
    Asian Americans
  • Montgomery
    County
    Department of Health
    and Human Services

Our Staff

Meet the dedicated staff of the Asian American Health Initiative:

  • Perry Chan, MS

    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

    Sanjana Quasem serves as the Program Manager I 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.

  • Jasmine Vinh, BSN, RN

    Community Health Coordinator

    Jasmine Vinh is the Community Health Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. Her main responsibilities are related to community outreach and engagement to Asian American communities, development of contractual scopes of work, and administrative support to the Steering Committee. Jasmine is passionate about minority health and is strongly committed to motivating community members on how they can achieve optimal health through the power of prevention and education. Outside of work, Jasmine enjoys listening to self-improvement podcasts and spending time with family.  Jasmine is a Registered Nurse with experience in acute stroke care, ambulatory surgery, and data-driven quality improvement in patient care. Jasmine received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health and a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of Maryland College Park and her Bachelor of Nursing from Frostburg State University.

  • Samikshya Sapkota, MPH

    Behavioral Health Program Coordinator

    Samikshya Sapkota (Sami) is the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. In this role, she assesses behavioral and mental health needs and behavioral health service utilization in the Asian American community. Sami is extremely passionate about serving the hard-to-reach communities in Montgomery County and works on creating culturally and linguistically competent materials to educate the community. She is particularly interested in addressing barriers to care in international students, refugees, and in the elderly population. Sami received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health and her Master of Public Health in Community Health Promotion from the George Mason University.

  • Sophia Yoon, LMSW

    Resource Coordinator

    Sophia Yoon is the Resource Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. Her main responsibilities include providing information on resources and connecting the Asian American community members with existing health and social services provided by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS), hospitals, and public agencies. Sophia is also committed in educating the community on the knowledge and awareness of health issues in the Asian American Community. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Marywood University and her Master of Social Work from the Catholic University of America. She is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW).

     

  • Elsa Lau

    Office Services Coordinator

    Elsa Lau is the Office Services Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. Her main responsibilities include day-to-day office services, managing and maintaining unit operating records and reports, and arranging and preparing for meetings, conferences, and workshops. She received her Associate’s Degree in Business at Montgomery College.