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Dear all CANA members, supporters, and friends,

Happy 2023 and beyond!

My name is Theresa Chan, and I am the Chinese American Nurses Association (CANA) President for this 2023-2024 two-year term. I look forward to serving you and our community in this leadership role. As president, I will make sure CANA continues building on all of the amazing accomplishments we’ve achieved over the years, growing as an organization, developing as leaders in nursing, and advocating for the Chinese and Asian American communities. 

If you’re not familiar with me, I’ve been a CANA member since 2015. I first joined as a student member while I was attending Seton Hall University for my entry-level Master’s in Nursing program. I even became a CANA Board Member as a student; contributing my experiences in planning large formal fundraising events. I started out on our board as a member of the Activities Committee. If you’ve attended one of our Annual Fundraising Galas in the last 6 years, I’ve been co-chairing it since 2017. For the past four years, I also served CANA as the Vice President. 

Over the years, CANA has indeed helped me stand out amongst my classmates and peers. CANA holds a special place in my heart. I’ve gotten so much out of being a part of CANA, not only as a professional organization but in the friendships I’ve made since moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area. I hope all of our members can feel the professional and heartfelt benefits CANA has to offer, and are proud to say they are CANA members. 

In my term, I want to focus on our members- fostering even stronger leaders in our community and within nursing. Let’s work together. Let’s start within our own organization. CANA is already a great supportive organization with excellent teamwork. Therefore, I implore all of our members to increase your involvement in CANA. Whether you can do this by encouraging new membership, or presenting your great ideas to our board, I look forward to your involvement, strengthening the representation of Chinese American nurses, expanding our network, and creating new friendships.


Theresa Chan, MSN, APN, FNP-C, FNP-BC, RN

According to CDC while there is currently no vaccine to prevent the Covid19 virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 For handwashing information see CDC’S Handwashing website:

Cindy Yap, BSN, RN, one of board members of Chinese American Nurses Association (CANA) was invited by Chinese Christian Herald Crusades (CCHC) to attend the Coronavirus Forum. CANA was also invited to the news press hosted by Chinese American Medical Society and Charles Wang Community Health Center in Chinatown, Manhattan on January 28, 2020. NYC DOH Commissioner and other community physicians were there to address the novel Coronavirus. DOH is scheduled Webex and phone conference next week to update all healthcare organizations, including CANA.  People who want to receive the official information should go to CDC and WHO website.

Please go to YouTube to see Coronavirus Forum at CCHC, February 2, 2020

If you guys have not noticed (look at the top right-hand corner and click on ‘Newsletter’) we now have our very own CANA Global CONNECT Newsletter! Check it out and let us know what you think! You can also contribute ideas and new developments in your life/career! We will love to hear from you!


From the desk of Ada Leung, RN, MPH
CANA President

Dear distinguished members and friends,

On behalf of the Chinese American Nurses Association (CANA) Board of
Directors, I would like to welcome you to the first issue of CANA

CANA was established in 1997 by a group of Chinese American nurses in
New York and obtained 501 (c)(3) status as a tax-exempt non-profit
organization in 2010. Through the organization, members develop
professional and personal networks, conduct healthcare activities and
carry on our goals, such as promoting quality health care services to
the community.

2016 is an exciting year for CANA! One of the milestones is that Dr.
Mei R. Fu has agreed to take the lead on the Scholarship Committee and
the Chief Editor to launch the CANA Global CONNECT, the official news
magazine of the Chinese American Nurses Association (CANA).

CANA Global CONNECT is a platform to reach out to nurses and other
health care professionals globally. In sharing our knowledge and
experiences, we can promote our health care professional standards and
ultimately improve our nursing health care services for our community
– the mission of CANA.

We are confident that under the leadership of Dr. Mei R. Fu, the CANA
scholarship committee and CANA Global CONNECT will serve the community
to a level, we cannot imagine!

Last, but not least, I would like to express our appreciation to Dr.
Mei R. Fu and her team for their dedication to making this happen. We
believe this newsletter can connect you to our nursing family and hope
you will enjoy it.

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