Interview with Eliza Ngan-Dittgen, LANtern® at HSS for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Lupus Research Alliance features a conversation during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Eliza Ngan-Dittgen, BA, program supervisor of LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network) at HSS, highlighting the importance of recognizing how lupus affects this patient population and what services are offered to the community.
Ngan-Dittgen said, “I think that every race and ethnicity has a unique identity defined by rich history and culture that is precious to retain. Recognizing the heritage and contributions means a lot to me as it’s a significant token for moving toward a nation of diversity and inclusivity. Learning about another culture enhances our mutual understanding and respect of differences, bringing us closer together.”
She explained, “LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network) is the only national hospital-based bilingual support and education program dedicated to serving Asian Americans with lupus and their families. We reach out to the communities we serve, collaborating with community partners like the Lupus Research Alliance. Our services include offering bilingual (Chinese) educational materials and programs to educate the public and professionals about the disproportionately high rate for lupus among Asian Americans. We participate in local health fairs and provide direct patient support.”
Read the full article at Lupusresearch.org.