Thursdays with NAMI: A study of Chinese American mental health

Thursday, January 26, 7:00pm

A group of Chinese American leaders is making strides to improve mental health in their community. Two of them will present research results of a study conducted in the Research Triangle area.

Duke Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr. Pao-Hwa Lin, is director of the IMAAC Project (Improvement of Mental Health in Asian American Communities). Ping Zhang is an experienced biotech manager whose charitable efforts are focused on mental health.

Dr. Lin led the research project. She and her team at Duke analyzed data and led focus groups with a goal of:

  • ¬†Identifying risk factors related to mental health disorders
  • Evaluating the availability of mental health resources
  • Overcoming the stigma surrounding mental health disorders in the Triangle Chinese Community.

The two women are also involved with a mental health initiative of United Chinese Americans in which dozens have been trained in Mental Health First Aid. Working with NC Central University, Dr. Lin in December secured a federal grant to continue offering the class to Chinese Americans on a regular basis.

Ms. Zhang has been director of the RTP branch of the Carolinas Chinese-American Civic Center, a non-profit that promotes cultural exchanges and strong communities. Dr. Lin has been conducting clinical research in diet and chronic diseases for the past 30 years.

This event is free and open to the public. Join us on Facebook Live or register to participate on Zoom.