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This year marks iCON’s 10-year anniversary. Celebrating 10 years of service and partnership with the Chinese community, iCON is preparing to host a free Chinese health forum expanding on the theme of “Healthy@Home: Living Well with Chronic Conditions”. Building on the momentum generated from the successful health forum delivered in March 2018 and due to popular demand, iCON will be bringing this forum to patients and families in Richmond, BC. We are confident that this culturally tailored education will be a positive step towards helping seniors and their families improve their quality of life, remain independent, and achieve wellness at home.

This event taking place on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 will focus on helping patients and caregivers prevent and manage chronic conditions to achieve optimal health at home. Healthy@Home is a strategic health promotion campaign that promotes primary and secondary disease prevention seeking to keep patients, especially seniors, at home, healthy and independent.

Patients, families, health professionals and community organizations will join this event to share information and educate about early detection as well as prevention of complications related to diabetes, high blood pressure and dementia. Exploring the theme of healthy aging, our panel of local health experts will share strategies for self-management, healthy living, and navigating community support services.

During the open house session participants can take part in health screenings and, through information booths, learn about chronic disease management and resources for patients and families provided by health and community organizations. The open house features Vancouver Coastal Health’s services in Richmond, the Alzheimer Society of BC Chinese Resource Centre, City of Richmond Seniors Services, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. – and many more!

iCON forums are supported by the BC Ministry of Health Patients as Partners Initiative, the Health Authorities of BC, and the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

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

Event Details:

Event: iCON Chinese Health Forum, “Healthy@Home – Living Well with Chronic Conditions”
When: Saturday, October 13th, 2018 from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
  10:00am – 12:00pm   Open House featuring health information booths, health screenings, community resources and programs
  12:00pm – 3:30pm     Health Forum featuring panel discussions and Q&A with health experts
Where:  Fraserview MB Church
  11295 Mellis Drive
  Richmond, BC V6X 1L8
Who: Seniors and their families, caregivers – everyone is welcome!
Cost:  Free admission & free parking
Language:  Cantonese with simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin and English
Webcast:  Live webcast, click here
Social Media:
  #digEM, #iCONforum

Follow this link to register in advance for the iCON Chinese Health Forum

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Key Messages:

Our team of health experts will share the latest information on:

  • Managing hypertension for seniors
  • 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 support services and digital resources for both seniors and caregivers


Featuring our interdisciplinary panel of health experts:

Dr. Kendall Ho

Dr. Kendall Ho, Emergency Room 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

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. Siu Him Chan

Dr. Siu Him Chan, Cardiologist

Dr. Siu Him Chan completed his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees at the University of British Columbia. He then completed his Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at UBC. He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Dr. Chan is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin. He is especially interested in providing cardiac services to Chinese-speaking patients as language barrier often precludes these patients from accessing or receiving optimal care. He is an avid health advocate in the Chinese community.


Dr. Thomas Ho

Dr. Thomas Ho, Family Physician

Dr. Thomas Ho has been practicing as a full service family physician for 37 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.


Wendy Lam

Wendy Lam, Occupational Therapist

Wendy Lam is a registered occupational therapist and currently works as a rehabilitation educator at the Holy Family Hospital. She is also a certified yoga teacher who provides treatment for patients and provides home safety assessments in the community.


Elaine Leung

Elaine Leung, Registered Psychiatric Nurse

Elaine Leung is a registered psychiatric nurse working as a senior mental health clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health in BC, Canada. She has tremendous clinical experience in acute and community settings and has focused on specialized dementia care over the last 10 years of her career. She dedicates her personal time to provide education at Alzheimer's Society of BC and in different communities. Currently, Elaine is also a co-consultant for dementia behavioural support at Minoru Residence.


Kent Ling

Kent Ling, Registered Pharmacist

Kent Ling is a registered pharmacist who is currently the manager at PriceSmart Foods Pharmacy in Metrotown, Burnaby, BC. 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, Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator

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.


Jo Jo Wang

Jo Jo Wang, Registered Dietitian

Jo Jo Wang 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 Chinese diabetes classes and speaking at different forums and events. She also promotes healthy eating, shares recipes, and answers audiences’ questions on Fairchild TV and Fairchild Radio as a guest speaker of “Modern Deborah” and as a guest host of “Lifestyle Reunion”. This summer, Jo Jo also partnered with another two dietitians to publish a cookbook “Dietitians at Home”, hoping to share nutritious recipes using healthy ingredients.


Miranda Wong

Miranda Wong, Registered Psychiatric Nurse

Miranda Wong worked as a psychiatric nurse for about 20 years in Hong Kong before she came to Canada in 1995. She had worked at different sub-specialties and held different positions, including Ward Manager and Continuing Education Coordinator, before her emigration. Miranda re-started her mental health career in Vancouver in 1997 when she took up the position of case manager in Adult Community Mental Health. She also worked as Clinical Educator at the Adult Community Mental Health Team before joining Cambie Older Adult Mental Health as Case Manager (Geriatric) in 2007. She is an active volunteer within the Chinese community and gives mental health related talks at S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Family Place and Neighborhood House, Caregivers of the Mood Disorder Association, Immigrations Services Society of BC, CMHA and different churches.


Dr. Roger Wong

Dr. Roger Wong, Geriatrician

Dr. Roger Wong is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the UBC Department of Medicine and is a Consultant Physician of the Geriatric Consultation Program at Vancouver General Hospital. Currently, he is appointed as the Executive Associate Dean, Education in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Wong received his M.D. degree from the University of Alberta in 1992 and completed his postgraduate and fellowship training there as well. He has received numerous awards of appreciation from the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia to recognize his advocacy work in the community. Dr. Wong works tirelessly to advance academic and clinical health sciences related to geriatrics, and his work has had a significant impact on the care for older people in Canada and beyond. He is also a TEDx Speaker, and his TEDx Talk has been viewed by international audiences around the world.


Dr. Tigerson Young

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.