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FREE iCON Chinese Health Forum

On March 24, 2018, iCON (the interCultural Online Health Network) hosted a free Chinese Health forum entitled Healthy @ Home: Living Well with Chronic Conditions. This forum expanded on the theme of healthy aging to promote chronic disease management, healthy living, and community support services. Forum poster

Healthy @ Home

As the population ages, people are at greater risk for developing chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, making them vulnerable to developing dementia, as well as other mental health issues in their senior years. Living with these illnesses can be debilitating and significantly impact quality of life. However, by developing good habits, these conditions can be well-managed and good health can still be achieved.

This free Chinese health forum was delivered in Cantonese with simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin and English. Health experts from the community will educate on diabetes, hypertension, dementia, and mental wellness including anxiety and depression. The forum will highlight strategies and best practices for managing these chronic conditions at home through nutrition, medication management, stress reduction, exercise, and more. In addition, the forum will feature the opportunity to ask questions to the experts, health exhibitions, resources and community support programs.

Please click here to view the webcast in Mandarin, Cantonese or English.

Forum Logistics:

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10:30am – 4:00pm
  10:30am – 12:00pm   Open House featuring health information booths, demonstrations, community resources and programs
  12:00pm – 4:00pm     Health Forum featuring panel discussions with health experts
Where:  Jewish Community Centre, 950 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2N7
Who: Seniors and their families, caregivers – everyone is welcome!
Cost:  Free admission, light refreshments will be served
Language:  Cantonese with simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin and English


Key Messages:

Our team of health experts shared the latest information on:

  • Managing hypertension for seniors
  • Mental wellness, anxiety and depression, and stress management
  • Key differences between healthy aging and dementia, and tips and services for people diagnosed with dementia and their families
  • Lifestyle management including nutrition, medication, exercise, and other self-care recommendations for individuals diagnosed with diabetes
  • Caregiver strategies to support aging family members while maintaining own health and wellness
  • How to access community supports and services, and digital resources for both seniors and loved ones

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Dr. Kendall Ho

Dr. Kendall Ho – 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. Dr. Kendall Ho will be talking about digital health resources to support patients and families living Healthy @ Home.

Barbara Ho

Barbara Ho – 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 professional.

Maylene Fong

Maylene Fong – VCH Program Manager

Maylene has over 28 years of nursing experience. She is currently a Manager at the Evergreen Community Health Center overseeing the Home Health Program, Primary Care and the Healthy Living Program. She has an interest in chronic disease prevention, self-management, and self-management support. She will be talking about government sponsored programs explaining how to access these resources, what resources are available, and who can access services.

Eva Ho

Eva Ho – Social Worker

Eva worked in community mental health for 32 years under Vancouver Coastal Health. She had done therapeutic and supportive work with children and family, adults and older adults in different communities in Vancouver as well as management. Eva strongly endorsed public education regarding better understanding of mental health and mental illness as it is essential in helping community and family members to live harmoniously with self and one another.

Dr. Thomas Ho

Dr. Thomas Ho – Family Physician

Dr. Thomas Ho has been practicing as a full service family physician for 34 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 Assoc. 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.

Kent Ling

Kent Ling – Pharmacist

Kent Ling is a registered pharmacist who is currently the manager at a Safeway Pharmacy in British Columbia. He graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2003. He was a lab instructor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in UBC for 11 years (2004-2015). Kent Ling is an active community pharmacist who frequently holds talks in the community to promote health awareness to the public, and is knowledgeable in medication management and actively promotes public education around medication safety. Kent was also a radio program host for the multicultural radio station CHMB AM1320 (Program name: Beautiful Melodies; 節目名稱: 歌聲悠揚). In his free time, Kent enjoys singing, listening to music and playing tennis. He believes on top of taking the necessary medications prescribed by doctors correctly, there are also other lifestyle habits that can maintain a healthy body.

Laura Ng

Laura Ng – Nurse

Laura Ng is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator working in a diabetes education centre. She has experience in developing and running the Chinese Diabetes Education Centre and other health programs under Vancouver Coastal Health. Laura has developed program curriculums and client resources and is a member of the Chinese Advisory Committee with Diabetes Canada.

Dr. Agnes To

Dr. Agnes To – Psychiatrist

Dr. Agnes To is a practicing psychiatrist at the Richmond Hospital. She is currently working in the fields of Emergency Psychiatry and Outreach Psychiatry Team of the Richmond Hospital.

Jo Jo Wang

Jo Jo Wang – Dietitian

Jo Jo is a Registered Dietitian who is experienced in chronic disease management. She works in the hospital to provide nutrition education and optimize patients’ recovery with appropriate nutrition therapy. Jo Jo provides accurate and reliable nutrition information to the public via different platforms like teaching the Chinese diabetes classes and speaking at different workshops and events. She also promotes healthy eating, shares recipes, and answers audience's questions on Fairchild TV and Fairchild Radio as a guest speaker of “Modern Deborah” and as a guest host of “Lifestyle Reunion” on AM 1470. Jo Jo is also partnered with another two dietitians working on a cookbook, hoping to share nutritious recipes using healthy ingredients. “Dietitians At Home” will be published in the summer of 2018.

Ellen Woo

Ellen Woo – Physiotherapist

Ellen completed her Physiotherapy training in Manchester, England in 1982 and a Health Care Management Certificate program from BCIT in 1990. She has worked at St. Paul's Hospital since 1988 in a variety of settings and is currently the Clinical Specialist in Respiratory/Critical Care. Ellen is a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, in the Department of Physical Therapy and plays an integral part to providing clinical placements for physiotherapy students. She has also been involved as an examiner for the Canadian National physiotherapy exam.

Dr. Tigerson Young

Dr. Tigerson Young – 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.