Sora Park Tanjasiri, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
Dr. Tanjasiri is Professor in the Department of Health Science, and Director of the Health Promotion Research Institute at California State University, Fullerton. Her teaching and research focus on community health promotion among diverse populations, particularly Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Her scholarship applies community-based participatory research principles to understanding and addressing cancer health disparities, include tobacco prevention, cancer early detection and survivorship. She has served as PI or Co-PI on over two dozen extramurally funded cancer-related studies, including multiple Principal Investigator of the NCI-funded U54 Community Network Program Center WINCART: Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training, and the R01 Support Our Women study to promote Pap testing among Pacific Islander women. Her research has been published in such peer-reviewed journals as American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Education & Behavior, and Health Promotion Practice.
In addition, Dr. Tanjasiri serves as an advisor to numerous non-profit organizations and coalitions, including member and chair of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance, board member of the St. Joseph Health System Foundation, board member of the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, member of the California Breast Cancer Research Program Council, and member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Team for the American Cancer Society California Division. She has also served as member and chair of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Asian American/Pacific Islander National Advisory Committee. Dr. Tanjasiri received her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degree in Behavioral Science and doctoral degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health.
Mary Anne Foo, M.P.H.
Mary Anne is the executive director and founder of the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, a non profit community based organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Southern California regarding health, policy, youth, and education needs. OCAPICA annually serves more than 100,000 community members through twenty-four different programs.
Mary Anne has been working for over twenty years on Asian and Pacific Islander community issues on national, state and local levels at several different community and county wide organizations. Mary Anne is an investigator on several community based participatory research projects including, OCAPICA’s National Center of Excellence to Eliminate Disparities in Health focused upon Pacific Islanders and Southeast Asians in the U.S.; a California Breast Cancer Research Project focused upon Patient Navigation for Southeast Asians; and a Community Investigator on a NCI funded Pacific Islander cancer project.
Mary Anne received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and her Master in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health. Mary Anne is a fourth generation Chinese/Japanese Californian.
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer Ph.D., M.A., M.N. R.N., F.A.A.N.
Dr. Singer is a professor in UCLA's School of Public Health and Department of Asian American Studies. Her clinical work and research has been in oncology and on the etiology and elimination of disparities in physical and mental health care outcomes for communities of color: primarily with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. She serves on multiple local, state, and national committees addressing the impact of culture and ethnicity on health care and health outcomes, and has published and lectured extensively on cross-cultural issues in health, cancer, pain, grief and bereavement, survivorship, end of life decision-making, and quality of life. She also focuses on the impact of culture and cultural competency through her research on health outcomes, and the cross-cultural validity of health behavior theories and measures in communities of color through Community Based Participatory Research strategies.
Dr. Kagawa-Singer is Regional principal investigator in Los Angeles for the NCI funded national Asian American Network on Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART), and the UCLA NCI funded Minority Training Program for Cancer Control Research. She is also a member of the National American Cancer Society Board, the UCLA School of Public Health Center for Health Policy Research, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the UC-wide Multi-campus Research Program: AAPI Policy Initiative. In addition, she maintains an active empirical research portfolio with a recently funded R01 study on quality of life and survivorship for Asian American Cancer Survivors, and another grant through the OBSSR on Operationalizing Culture, and is Chief Editor of the journal, AAPI NEXUS: Asian American and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community.