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 (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 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 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.
Liz Rhee serves as the Senior Wellness Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. In her role, she develops programming for the Asian American older adult population and connects community partners to senior resources in the county. Additionally, Liz serves as a liaison to several committees and workgroups, such as the Montgomery County Commission on Aging, with a focus on addressing language access, cultural competence, and health equity in services. Liz is particularly interested in working closely with community and faith-based organizations to identify opportunities that can strengthen their capacity to better serve their communities. Liz received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Asian Pacific American Studies, as well as, a Master of Arts from New York University, where she developed an individualized study in urban planning, food systems, and community sustainability.
Tammy Wan is the Health Education and Communications Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI). Her responsibilities include providing health education through various media sources, overseeing publications and platforms, in addition to other duties. She strongly believes in equitable access to health resources and is dedicated to reducing these disparities in Montgomery County through community empowerment and engagement. Tammy received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Maryland College Park.