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The mission of the American Pacific Health Foundation (APHF), previously Asian Pacific Health Foundation, is to advance health and wellness for the vulnerable groups in San Diego by providing health education and free community health screenings for hepatitis B and C, diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol disorders, osteoporosis and vision health at community centers.


  • Proclamation for contribution to public health on 02-05-2023 (made "Asian Pacific Health Foundation Day") by Live Well San Diego initiative and the County of San Diego

    Recipient of 2018 CVS Health Foundation Volunteer Challenge Grant

  • Recipient of 2018 Quidel General QCares Program

  • Recipient of 2017 Gilead Grant for Hepatitis Screening, Education, and Linkage-to-Care

  • Recipient of 2017 HepB Minigrant

  • Certificate of Appreciation to Asian Pacific Health Foundation from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis at the White House on 5-19-2016 (National Hepatitis Day).

  • Certificate of Appreciation for Binh and Ton Tran Endowed Scholarship Fund from Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Founding Faculty on 5-19-2016.

  • Best Practices Award from the National Task Force on Hepatitis B – Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans on 3-6-2016.

  • Recognition Award from the Vietnamese American Medical Association on 8-21-2015

  • Champion Leadership Award from Hep B Foundation, July 2015

  • Proclamation for contribution on Hepatitis Day (May 17, 2015) from San Diego City Mayor Kevin Faulconer

  • Proclamation for contribution on Hepatitis Day (May 17, 2015) from Rep Scott Peters

  • Recognition Award from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on June 13, 2009; - Outstanding Pharmacist of the 2010-2011 academic year

  • Best Pharmacy Practice from SDPharmNet, videotaped on Sci-Vee in June 2008

  • Asian Heritage Award from Asia Media, Inc. on May 2008.

  • Recognition Award from the San Diego Herald Center, December 2007.

  • Friendship Award from the American Cancer Society, December 2007.


  • Doan, A., Tran, B., Nguyen, F., Fang, M., Do, G., Vu, K., Gish, R. (2023, June). Implementing Direct Outreach through “Train-the-Trainers Strategy” to Raise Awareness of LTBI and TB in San Diego’s At-Risk Communities. Poster Presented at the 2023 National Tuberculosis Controllers Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

  • Ding, K., Giang, K., Liu, A., Nguyen, F., Tran, B., Truong, D., Gish, R., Taylor, P. (2017, October). Assessing Hepatitis B Vaccination and Barriers to Vaccination among Asian Americans in San Diego County. Poster Presented at the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Las Vegas, NV.

  • Giang, K., Tran, B., Pham, J., Liu, A., Vo, N., Vuong, T., Nguyen, K., Nguyen, P., Gish, R. (2019, April). Assessing the Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in San Diego. Poster Presented at the 5th Annual UCSD Public Health Research Day, La Jolla, CA.

  • Gish G, Gutierrez JA, Navarro-Cazarez N, Giang K, Adler D, Tran B, Locarnini S, Hammond R, and Bowden S. A simple and inexpensive point-of-care test for hepatitis B surface antigen detection: serological and molecular evaluation. Journal of Viral Hepatitis (2014) 21: 905 – 908.

  • Park E, Tran B, Best B, and Singh R. Relationships between Known Risk Factors for Osteoporosis and Heel Bone Mineral Density in Asian Populations. The California Pharmacists Association (2017). 1-7.

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