Emerson is the Evaluation and Strategy Development specialist for APIAHF’s Capacity for Health project and COVID-19 projects. In his role, Emerson coordinates monitoring and evaluation activities, collects and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data on key impact metrics and indicators. His goal to bridge theory and practice for health and racial equity, drives his work to be a supportive and nuanced when amplifying the voices of AANHPI and queer communities.
Before APIAHF, Emerson was on a arduous road to finding his place in public health. From working in medical tech to the serving in San Francisco restaurants to getting his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in Rishikesh, India and teaching yoga in the Bay Area, Emerson eventually found his way to San Francisco State University where he received his Master of Public Health with a focus on community health education. His capstone/thesis was titled “The pain and opportunity of being negated: Interrogating the effect of racialized sexual hierarchy on gay Asian American agency, identity, sex, and health”; he hopes to get his PhD pursuing a similar topic. Emerson’s favorite candy are Haribo gummy bears, his comfort food are soupy noodles, and loves to rewatch The Office even when there are more relevant shows on.
“I think we’re often overwhelmed with how we as an individual have to fix the world; how to fix health disparities, how to fix systemic racism, how to heal ourselves and our community. We forget that we don’t have to do this alone. I like to think that we are part of an ecology of change. If we can do what we do best, and rely on others on what they do best, we can keep taking those life-changing steps toward equity.” -Emerson