Advancing Health Literacy COVID-19 Grants—A Policy Opportunity for Health Literacy?
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Thu
Mrs. Elizabeth Chung is a native of Hong Kong, China and immigrated to the United States in 1970. She has been a strong advocate for minority health for the past 50 years since her undergraduate study in University of Hawaii, in early 70’s. Mrs. Chung also completed her graduate study in public health from the Pennsylvania State University in 1981 and has dedicated her professional work to issues surrounding health equity since then. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Asian American Center of Frederick (AACF), whose mission is to support immigrants with essential skills to be independent and successful contributors to the community. Under her leadership, AACF is a leading entity in addressing health disparities through partnership with collective impact. Her primary focus has been health equity through cultural competency and language access for the Limited English Proficiency population. Partnering with University of Maryland, she served as Principal Investigator on collaborative initiatives with federal funds. Mrs. Chung has served on a variety of Maryland advisory committees, boards, and commissions in various capacities. Mrs. Chung's most recent accomplishment is the development of the Community Health Worker Program in western Maryland, expanding public/community health workforce development to address health disparities for the most vulnerable populations in the community. In 2020, Mrs. Chung was appointed by Maryland Governor Hogan and reappointed to serve on the Asian Pacific Island American Commission for her 4th term. She has also served on the Maryland Community Health Resource Commission since 2013 and was the Chair from 2019 - 2021. Her latest gubernatorial appointment is to serve on the Health Equity Resource Community Advisory Committee until 2025.