Founder and President of AUHS Foundation
Founder and Interim President of AUHS
Dr. Dang is the Founder and President of AUHS Foundation. She also serves as the interim President of AUHS. She gives tirelessly to the homeless, to families that are in the borderline, to youth programs and minority education because she was given much by the community and country that she now calls home.
As a child, Dr. Dang grew up in a war torn Vietnam after the Vietnam War. Life was difficult especially hard when her father was a military personnel from opposing political parties. Her life was fast forwarded to running along the beach at night with her family, fleeing for their lives from the police to leave the country illegally on a fishing boat with the hope of finding a better life in America.
After 9 days on the open sea in a fishing boat with no compass for guidance, with her mom and three younger siblings, worrying about the pirates that preyed on the “Boat People”, they were rescued by a German fishing boat and taken to Hong Kong Refugee Camp. There she stayed for 9 months before being sponsored to America.
When she and her family arrived in America in 1980, they had nothing but a dream. Adjusting to a new language and cultures different from her own, Dr. Dang’s family finally called Long Beach their home. Graduating from Jordan High, attended California State Long Beach, meeting first God and then a Black gentleman by the name of Gregory Johnson who altered her life completely. They married in 1993.
In 1994, one was a refugee from Vietnam and the other from the inner City of Baltimore started American University of Health Sciences (AUHS). They were committed to building a Health Science University where people are given a second chance, and where success and appreciation for one’s existence can be nurtured.
In 2004, Dr. Dang established AUHS Foundation, the 501(c) 3 non-profit community-based research organization, in the hope to advance knowledge and scholarly inquiry related to education in health sciences for the poor, distressed, and underprivileged; and to promote the use of research to improve their education and healthcare opportunities. Funded first by AUHS, the Foundation is committed to encouraging research related to education and public health for the underprivileged population and promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.
In 2002, Dang received an honorable doctorate degree in Health Care Education from St. Luke School of Medicine, in Monrovia, Liberia.
Dang is the wife and Partner of Pastor Gregory Johnson, mother of Gregory, 19, Alexandria, 16 and Temujin, 8.
Sisi Chen, Ph.D, MA
Director of Research, Policy and Education
Sisi Chen directs the research activities of the organization. Among other current projects, Chen is engaged and leading two ongoing large-scale longitudinal research projects for the organization: Homeless Empowerment Learning Program (HELP) and College Achievement and Readiness Education (CARE) Program.
Chen’s research and outreach focus on policy and education interventions which leverage improvement in social conditions of traditionally underrepresented populations in the U.S. As such, her work sits squarely at the intersection of policy, education and innovation. She examines these issues in the context of large-scale policy and educational improvement initiatives. She has drawn on this work in developing outreach initiatives for the underrepresented populations (e.g. homeless), community and local governmental bodies and as an advisor to executive managing large-scale improvement initiatives.
Chen is an expert at quantitative research methodologies and statistical modeling, and is especially adept at assessment and evaluation of policy implementation and education interventions. She also has enriching experience working with large-scale research-based education interventions for the underserved student populations (e.g. Comprehensive School Reform Programs) and traditional marginalized populations who are also unstable in residency and life (e.g. rural-urban migrants in China and South Africa).
Chen develops and manages our research projects from design through analysis to presentation and communication of findings, with quantitative data from large-scale datasets, as well as with qualitative data from universities, schools districts, labs, and community. She also leads research-based policy analysis, assessment, evaluation and research activities that will contribute to the education and wellness of the community. With the help and guidance of Chen, our research teams also began to formulate strategies, practices, and solutions borne out of past short term interventions, which are expected to create lasting, ongoing support of community needs.
Chen earned dual BA degrees in Economics and English Literature from Wuhan University in China, and a MA and a PhD in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Mok T. Chong, PharmD, PhD, MBA
Research and Project Lead
Dr. Chong is serving as a research and project lead for AUHS Foundation for public health-related research projects, such as those relevant to homelessness and chronic diseases: e.g. diabetes. He is also a Dean and Professor for the School of Pharmacy at AUHS.
Chong earned his B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of Delhi and a Pharm.D degree from Ferris State University, followed by an MBA degree from Wayne State University. Dr. Chong also holds a Ph.D degree in practical ministry from Heritage University & Seminary; and he is an ordained pastor. He is a licensed pharmacist and has been practicing community and ambulatory care pharmacy practice in California, Michigan, Hawaii and Malaysia. Dr. Chong is also an ordained pastor in the US. Dr. Chong had held a number of pharmacy managerial positions at various pharmacies and corporations in different cultural settings prior to becoming a pharmacy educator. Dr. Chong is certified to provide diabetes care, asthma education, immunization delivery and professional compounding services.
At AUHS Foundation, Dr. Chong has implemented a number of innovative projects which includes “Brown Bag” Medication Review program, “Brand New Day” Web-based Medicare Part D Annual Comprehensive Medication Review program, Nhan Hoa Federally Qualified Health Center In-House 340B Pharmacy and also initiated a pharmacist-led Ambulatory Care Pharmacy practice-model at Lawndale Medical & Mental Health Clinic. All these projects help to enhance direct delivery of patient care, enhance medication adherence and to strengthen the inter-professional care approach by collaborating with other health care providers.
Dr. Chong has extensive research and teaching experience. Dr. Chong serves at various committees at school, university levels, and in the communities. Dr. Chong currently serves as an editor and reviewer for three international journals. His research interest includes pharmacy administration and education, medication adherence, MTM program, clinical outcomes research, public health initiatives especially innovative projects that address health care disparities and access among the under-represented population. He has also taught numerous courses in Pharm.D, BSPS, MSCR and also BSN (Bachelor of Nursing) programs.