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June 2009
In This Edition
New WHA Video
Upcoming Events
Reports from the Field
WHA Mission Update
Now Playing: Laos Mission Video

A fabulous new video with scenes and scenery from the 2008 mission to Laos is now online.  The video, created by WHA's Documentary Director Tuan Nguyen, really shows the WHA team in action!  Feel free to forward this e-mail and video to colleagues and friends who might be interested in joining WHA.
2008 Laos Mission video
The video can be accessed through WHA's website, www.whausa.org, or on YouTube.

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Upcoming Events
Blue Lantern Benefit
Save the Date of November 8, 2009, for the 3rd annual WHA fundraising dinner.   This year's celebration, the Blue Lantern Benefit, will be held at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Virginia.  The elegant and beautiful venue, along with the fantastic display of lights, are sure to delight your evening.  The event will include dinner, music, dancing, scintillating speakers, auctions and, new for this year, a casino!  The Blue Lantern Benefit will be a wonderful opportunity to support WHA and meet other WHA members.  Proceeds from the Benefit will fund the WHA mission in Spring 2010. 
Health Fair in Virginia
The Vietnamese Medical Society of Northeast America has invited WHA to participate in its annual health fair on August 2, 2009.  The health fair typically screens and treats approximately 1500 people.  Please contact us at worldhealthambassador@yahoo.com if you are interested in serving on the WHA team at the fair.

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Reports from the Field
WHA in Mississippi 
Biloxi Health FairDr. Thang Ba Pham, Dental Team Coordinator, and Dr. Howard NGO represented WHA at the Biloxi, Mississippi Health Fair on April 19, 2009.  WHA's informational booth provided information about the WHA program and our WHA dentists provided free dental screenings for adults and children.  Several hundred people turned out for the event which showcased the many health-related resources available to Biloxi residents.  This was our team's second visit to this area hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina.  We noticed that life has gradually improved for many.

WHA in Texas

Jonathan Hoang Lam, MD, WHA Fundraising Chair, reports that "on MayWHA volunteers at Dallas Asian Festival 2, WHA Team Members Dr Jonathan Lam, Dr Howard Nguyen, Mimi Phuong Vo, R.N., and Quan Luu, PharmD., staffed a booth to promote the WHA program for the first time at the annual Dallas Asian Festival.
Despite the gloomy overcast sky of typical springtime weather in North Texas, the Festival was well attended by several thousand visitors.  There was good traffic thru the WHA Booth.  We were interviewed by a local Chinese newspaper Quan Luu being interviewed at the Dallas Asian Festivalreporter.  Team Member Quan Luu gave the reporter details of previous medical and dental missions to Vietnam and Laos.  I met with an old acquaintance, an ER nurse from Bangladesh, who expressed interest in joining WHA and perhaps would help to coordinate a trip to her home country.  Throughout the day, the WHA booth passed out dozens of informational brochures and free lip balms.   The Festival ended in the afternoon with a down-pouring thunderstorm.  Luckily, we packed up just minutes before getting soaking-wet. 

We're looking forward to staffing the Asian Festival again next year to promote WHA and its missions."

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Mission Update

WHA is working toward its next mission, a medical, dental and educational mission,  in April 2010.  Sites under consideration are Vietnam, Nepal and Myanmar.  Preparations will begin in earnest this fall.

Previous mission members have described their experience as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."  If you are interested in joining the 2010 mission, please let us know early, keep your spring schedule flexible, and save up your vacation days.

Thank you for your continued support of WHA.  Please help us spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your colleagues and friends who may be interested in WHA.  Suffering is less when you are there to help.

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