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iCON Chinese Health Forum 2021

Taking Charge of Your Health - Preventing & Managing Stroke

Saturday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th, 2021– Free virtual event

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Join iCON for the 2021 virtual Chinese Health Forum: “Take Charge of Your Health – Preventing and Managing Stroke”. This FREE online, interactive forum will take place on Saturday, March 6th and Sunday, March 7th, 2021.

“Almost 80% of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented through healthy behaviors.” – Heart and Stroke Foundation

Delivered in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, this forum is designed for seniors, families and caregivers who are interested in learning about the early detection, risk factors, treatment, and management of stroke. Participants will also have opportunities to ask questions to a panel of health experts.

Specific topics will include:

  • Preventing stroke:  tips for lowering your risk of stroke 

  • How to recognize the symptoms of stroke

  • What to do in times of emergency – When to seek help and treatment when you experience a stroke

  • Post stroke management: techniques for managing your physical and mental health after a stroke 

  • Where and how to access support in the community

Participants can attend the virtual health exhibition to learn more about the support programs and resources provided by local health and community organizations.

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Event Details:


iCON Chinese Health Forum, “Take Charge of Your Health – Preventing and Managing Stroke”

Part I: “Types of stroke, Risk factors, prevention, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment”:
Saturday, March 6th, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00 pm PST


Part II: “Rehabilitation, mental health, and navigation of care and resources for stroke patients": Sunday, March 7th, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00 pm PST


Virtual event – login details will be provided to registered participants.


Delivered in Cantonese with simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin and English



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The Chinese Health Forum is part of iCON’s Healthy@Home series. Healthy@Home is a community education strategy that promotes primary and secondary disease prevention, seeking to keep patients, especially seniors, at home, healthy and thriving.​


Dr. Kendall Ho, Emergency Physician & iCON Executive Director Dr. Kendall Ho is a practicing emergency medicine specialist and the lead at Digital Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is also the Executive Director of the interCultural Online Health Network (iCON), an initiative that supports multicultural populations in BC to optimize chronic disease management. His academic and research interests are in digital health, specifically the use of information technologies to improve healthcare for patients.

Barbara Ho, Registered Nurse and iCON Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Ho graduated from Nursing in 1982 and since then has been practicing as a Registered Nurse in BC in a variety of acute hospital positions. She currently works part-time as an Endoscopy nurse at GI Research Institute. Barbara has been involved in many different kinds of volunteer work, especially those related to music, and served as a member of the Parish Education Committee and Parent Teacher Association Chairperson at St. Francis Xavier School from 2002 to 2006. She is also a former Director of the Vancouver Chinese Choir Association. Through iCON activities, Barbara is hoping to continue patient teaching, to provide reliable and relevant health information to citizens and to promote communication between community members and health professionals.

Dr. Richard Ho, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist Dr. Richard Ho is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) specialist having completed his fellowship training at the University of British Columbia. A newly minted Clinical Instructor at UBC under the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Ho was also awarded the 2019 UBC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Division Resident Educator Award for excellence and dedication to resident teaching. Dr. Ho's background includes four years of study in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia, where he was also an athletic therapist for the UBC Varsity Field Hockey team as well as Field Hockey Canada. After obtaining his MD in 2015, he has also helped provide medical coverage for many major sporting events including the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, Canada Cup Softball, Skate Canada Nationals, and the Harry Jerome Track Classic.

Dr. Thomas Ho, Family Physician Dr. Thomas Ho has been practicing as a full service family physician for 40 years after graduating from UBC with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1980. He was given special recognition by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for care of the elderly. At present, he is Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC, teaching medical students and residents. He has been a Physician Examiner for the Medical Council of Canada for many years. Dr. Ho actively participates in public health education initiatives, health forums and radio and television talk shows.

Wendy Lam, Occupational Therapist Wendy Lam is a registered Occupational Therapist who has experience in stroke rehabilitation and neurological recovery. She graduated with a Masters Degree of Occupational Therapy (MOT) at University of British Columbia in 2007, and has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (BSc). She has been practicing in a hospital setting in stroke rehabilitation for 14 years and was a Rehab Educator at Providence Healthcare. More recently she has taken on the role of Clinical Instructor at a student run clinic in out-patient neuro-rehab at Fraser health. She also practiced in private OT services working with WCB and ICBC clients in the community previously for 5 years at AROT rehab.
Wendy fully believes in ensuring clients are treated holistically in order to maintain their health. As a fully trained certified yoga teacher, she tries to incorporate mindfulness practices in her treatment to not only address clients physical, cognitively and emotionally. On her free time, Wendy enjoys road cycling, yoga, hiking with her toddler.


Winnie Lau, Registered Psychiatric Nurse Winnie Lau is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and has been working with Vancouver Coastal Health’s Older Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Service for 17 years. Winnie is currently working as a case manager in the North East area of Vancouver and is also an intake nurse at VCH Older Adult Mental Health Central Intake. She has a special interest in the multicultural aspects of mental health, and works primarily with the frail elderly of Chinese ethnicity and their families. Winnie and Dr. Masuhara have been developing a project to improve service and to promote earlier intervention for multicultural communities.


Jo Jo Wang, Registered Dietitian Jo Jo is a Registered Dietitian with plenty of experience in chronic disease management. She works in the hospital to optimize patients’ recovery with proper nutrition therapy. She also promotes healthy eating, shares recipes, and answers listeners questions on Fairchild Radio. Recently, Jo Jo partnered with two more dietitians to publish a cookbook “Dietitians at Home” hoping to inspire others to try new healthy ingredients in cooking.


Dr. Samuel Yip, Neurologist Dr. Samuel Yip received his PhD and MD degree from UBC.  He completed his neurology residency in 2007 at UBC, followed by fellowship training in Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease at UCSD.  Dr. Samuel Yip is the Medical Director of the Vancouver Stroke Program. His clinical and research interests are in quality assurance of stroke care, prehospital stroke system and emergency stroke system.  He is also involved in post-graduate medical education and currently serves as the Program Director of the UBC Neurology Residency Program.


Dr. Tigerson Young, Registered Psychologist Dr. Tigerson Young is a registered psychologist in BC. He works in a full-time private practice. He is an adjunct faculty at UBC, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and Thompson Rivers University. He also hosts a monthly radio show with Ms. Deborah Moore on AM1470.

About iCON:

iCON supports multicultural communities, patients and caregivers across BC to optimize chronic disease prevention and self-management through community education, knowledge sharing, and technology. iCON is an initiative led by UBC Digital Emergency Medicine, supported by the B.C. Ministry of Health’s Patients as Partners Initiative. iCON is honored to be the recipient of the 2017 Doctors of BC Excellence in Health Promotion award, non-profit category.