Tony Lam visited the HIPE library to give a talk and li xi to celebrate the new lunar year

 

What good does it do to have something to say if the people you want to hear can’t understand you? Tony Lâm, America’s first Vietnamese-born elected politician, spoke of his journey as an immigrant and how he learned to thrive in a foreign country while supporting a family of 11. When asked about the greatest challenges he faced when coming to America, he chose to focus on the positive and talked about not what held him down, but rather, what lifted him up. With no high school diploma and most of his wealth stripped of him when fleeing Vietnam, he had one thing they couldn’t take that he believes was key to his success — having taught himself English. He didn’t teach himself to have a voice; he taught himself how to use it and how to use it well. And he used his voice to advocate for and serve his fellow Americans, Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese, in his community in Little Saigon, California. He hoped to show the youth at the library in Hue’s Quang Dien District that if they can speak English, so many more people will hear them.

The living embodiment of the idea that there’s a lesson to be learned from everyone you meet, Tony Lâm is always excited and eager to learn about a person’s craft and passions. He genuinely and thoughtfully engaged in meaningful conversations with the young and old alike. To him, everyone deserved his attention, and received it too.


Healthy Initiatives through Peer Education (HIPE) exceeded targets set for 2016 and while the regular health education sessions in schools continue to be important, more children and youths are being reached through the community-based health prevention and promotion program.

Since the inception of HIPE in 2010, we have increasingly been training more youths to become Peer Health Educators who have led more health education in many more schools and shelters.

Over the years, we have trained 357 students and qualified 293 to become Peer Health Educators who have actively participated in health education and promotional programmatic activities in schools and communities.

We have been measuring knowledge, attitude, and behavioral change whenever possible. We have experienced knowledge change most significantly when HIPE school-based health education program is new to a school. As our health education program reaching more students over the years, the knowledge gain is less significant but attitude and behavioral changes begin to take root and act upon through our community activities.

The key feature of the community-based health prevention and promotion program is the community health fair to allow for HIPE youths with elevated leadership responsibilities to lead and organize health-focus events to engage other youths, community organizations and members, and businesses.

The contrast of 12 PHEs in 2010 vs. 90 PHEs in 2016 is significant and likewise their abilities and commitment to educate 2,575 then vs. 13,478 students in 2016 depend heavily on the financial and resources commitment from many!