TOBACCO CESSATION STAFF

 

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Jaina Pallasigui, MPH
Tobacco Cessation Manager

Welcome!  I am so proud to be part of 1-866-NEW-LUNG and provide free health services in Orange County. I received my Bachelors of Science in Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles and Masters of Public Health, specializing in Community Health Education, from California State University, Long Beach. My previous research focused on theoretical frameworks and social determinants of tobacco use for the Cambodian American population in Long Beach. I also co-authored an article in the Prager Handbook for Environmental Health entitled, “Global Diffusion of Smoke-Free Bars Law that Prevent Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke.”  I believe everyone deserves quality access to healthcare and am committed to eliminating heath disparities and integrating cultural competence in health services. I enjoy traveling, art museums, music, audiobooks, photography and coffee. In my free time, I am a sports correspondent for Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, primarily reporting on the NBA.  You can breathe easy knowing that I will be your strongest advocate for maintaining a smoke-free lifestyle. 


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Nang Atphasouk
Tobacco Cessation Lead

Hello! I am the Tobacco Cessation Lead for 1-866-NEW-LUNG and I am so proud to be part of a program that continues to make a big difference in people’s lives. I work closely with schools and communities in Orange County to promote cessation services. I offer assistance to anyone ready to start the quit process. I understand the decision to want to quit can be difficult, but I am here to help! I found my passion for helping others when I worked as a leader when developing community programs dedicated to families and underprivileged youth. I received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Child Development and Family Studies from California State University, Long Beach. In addition to working with 1-866-NEW-LUNG, I own a tutoring center for Orange County youths. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our pup, Brisket. I am excited to be part of your journey and look forward to meeting you!


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Jenny Birondo
Tobacco Cessation Specialist - English

Mabuhay, Welcome! I am honored to be part of 1-866-NEW-LUNG and I am eager to learn more about you! I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Science from California State University, Long Beach. During my time as a Wellness Warrior at CSULB, I conducted presentations regarding topics such as stress, alcohol tobacco and other drugs, and nutrition. As an intern for the CSULB BREATHE Campaign, I participated in health advocacy campaigns and direct outreach that enforce the campus’ smoke free policy. My interests include playing the piano, volunteering at my church, and spending time with my dogs. I am here to assist people in becoming the best they can be. My goal is to provide a judgement free class with coping strategies that can be applied to a variety of situations even after you have quit smoking! You are never alone through this process; together, we can create strategies to help you in reach your goals. I look forward to meeting you in my classes, hope to see you there!


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Caren Chajon
Tobacco Cessation Specialist - English & Spanish

¡Hola! Estoy muy emocionada de que haya decidido empesar este viaje de cesación con nosotros. Soy una de las especialistas que ayuda a la gente que quiere dejar de fumar. Mi pasión por ayudar a otros viene de mi cultura. Crecí en una familia que creía que era esencial mostrar bondad y apoyo a otros. Creo que todos deberían tener herramientas disponibles para tomar las decisiones más informadas para una vida feliz y saludable. Yo me gradué de la Universidad de California en Long Beach con una Licenciatura en Ciencias en Educación Comunitaria para la Salud. Ayudo a brindar servicios y apoyo a personas en el Condado de Orange que desean dejar de fumar. ¡Juntos podemos desarrollar estrategias y técnicas para ayudarlo(a) a superar el proceso para dejar de fumar! Cuando no estoy trabajando, me gusta estar con mi familia y visitar nuevos lugares. Durante la primavera me encanta ir a caminatas y fotografiar paisajes. Espero verlo(a) en nuestras clases, ¡bienvenido a 1-866-NEW-LUNG! 

Hello! I am very excited you have decided to go on this cessation journey with us! I am one of the Spanish Tobacco Cessation Specialist. My passion to help others stems from my cultural upbringing. I grew up in a family who believes it is essential to display kindness and support one another. I believe everyone should have the tools available to make the most informed decisions for a happy and healthier life. I graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long beach with a Bachelors of Science in Community Health Education. I help provide services and support to individuals in Orange County who want to quit smoking. Together we can develop strategies and coping techniques to get you through the quit process! When I am not working within the community of Orange County, I enjoy bonding with my family and visiting new places. During the spring, I find it very relaxing to go on hikes and photograph scenery. I look forward to seeing you in our classes, welcome to 1-866-NEW-LUNG!


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Gina Kim
Tobacco Cessation Specialist - English & Korean

안녕하세요! 저는 1-866-NEW-LUNG의 한국 금연 상담원입니다. 저는 개인이 흡연을 중단하고 보다 건강한 생활 방식을 선택할 수 있도록 돕는 서비스를 제공합니다. 청소년, 건강한 생활, 지역 사회 수업 등 다양한 사람들을 가르칩니다. 또한 흡연하시는 한국인을 돕고 한국인들에 흡연 사회, 특히 한국 남성의 사회 문화를 돕기 위해 전문화되었습니다. 많은 한국인은 담배를 쉽게, 언제든지 끊을 수 있다고 믿고 있지만, 행동 수정과 니코틴 패치가 담배에 대한 갈망을 크게 저지시킬 수 있다는 것이 입증되었습니다. 또한 저는 이러한 마음을 가지고 많은 푸드 뱅크와 노숙자 보호소에서 자원봉사 하는 동안 다른 사람들을 도울 수 있음에 열정과 보람을 느꼈습니다. 당신의 배경에 상관없이 서비스에 대한 동등한 접근성을 창출할 때 정말 많은 만족과 기쁨을 느끼고 있습니다. 여유 시간에는 요리, 쇼핑, 다양한 문화 탐구를 즐깁니다. 저는 금연의 단계를 통해 당신을 도우며 당신의 금연 여행의 일부가 되어 매우 기쁩니다!

Hello! I am the Korean Tobacco Cessation Specialist for 1-866-NEW-LUNG. I provide services for individuals to quit smoking and choose a healthier lifestyle. I teach different populations such as youth, sober living, and community classes. I also specialize in helping the Korean population as smoking is a social culture in the Korean community, especially for Korean males. Many Koreans believe that they can quit smoking by doing it “cold-turkey,” however it has been proven that behavioral modification and nicotine patches help significantly with cigarette cravings. I found my passion in helping others while volunteering at different food banks and homeless shelters. I am passionate when it comes to creating equal access to services regardless of your background. During my spare time, I enjoy cooking, shopping, and exploring different cultural dishes. I am so excited to help you through the quitting stages and to be a part of your quit journey!


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Vanessa Martinez
Tobacco Cessation Specialist - English & Spanish

¡Hola! Bienvenido a 1-866-NEW-LUNG. Soy uno de los especialistas en cesación del tabaco. Tengo 8 años de experiencia en el campo de la salud pública. Tengo experiencia en enseñar la importancia de la actividad física en niños de preescolar y ayudar a los adultos a dejar de fumar. Facilito clases dentro de diferentes poblaciones, como en comunidades, salud mental, personas sin hogar y jóvenes. También me especializo en ayudar a la población que abla español, porque hay una alto numero de diabetes en personas y fumar puede aumentar el riesgo. Mi pasión es ayudar a las personas en mejorar su salud. Mi pasión me ha llevado a recibir una Licenciatura en Ciencias y actualmente estoy haciendo mi Maestría en Salud Pública en Educación para la Salud Comunitaria en Cal State University, Long Beach. En mi tiempo libre, leo libros, disfruto la naturaleza y tabien paso tiempo con mi familia. ¡Espero poder ayudarlo a través de su proceso de tener un estilo de vida más saludable!

Hello! Welcome to 1-866-NEW-LUNG. I am one of the Tobacco Cessation Specialist. I have eight years of experience in the field of public health, from teaching the importance of physical activity to preschoolers to assisting adults in quitting smoking. I facilitate classes within different populations such as community locations, mental health, homeless and youth. I also specialize in assisting the Spanish population since there is a high rate of diabetes and smoking can increase the risk factor. As well as connecting with community members by providing them with information regarding tobacco cessation. My lifelong passion to assist individuals on their journey to a healthy life has led me to receive a Bachelor of Science and I am currently pursuing my Masters of Public Health emphasis in Community Health Education at California State University, Long Beach. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, nature and spending time with loved ones. I look forward to assisting you through your process of having a healthier lifestyle!


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Farinaz Pirshirazi
Tobacco Cessation Specialist - English & Farsi

Hello! I am the Farsi speaking Tobacco Cessation Specialist. I work with Iranian community in Orange County to help them quit smoking. I graduated from University of California, Irvine in Public Health and Disease Prevention and I believe prevention is much easier and less expensive than treatment. I teach my participants how to quit smoking and help them to take control of their lives. My main focus is changing your lifestyle to a healthy level, without pressure, through awareness and information. I firmly believe that if we are aware of a challenge, we are more prepared to face it. I will be a small help through your journey.  

 سلام! من فریناز پیرشیرازی، متخصص فارسی زبان ترک سیگار هستم و به ایرانیان اورنج کانتی برای ترک سیگار کمک میکنم. از دانشگاه کالیفرنیا، ارواین در رشته سلامت عمومی و پیشگیری از بیماری ها فارغ التحصیل شدم و باور دارم پیشگیری از ابتلا به بیماری، راحت تر و کم هزینه تر از مداوای بیماری است.

 من به مراجعه کنندگان چگونگی ترک دخانیات آموزش میدم و به آنها کمک میکنم تا کنترل زندگیشان را به دست بگیرند. تمرکز من بیشتر تغییر سبک و شیوه زندگی بدون فشار بیش از حد روحی و جسمی  توسط  دانش بیشتر و آگاهی است. من عقیده دارم اگر بدانیم چه چیزی پیش رو داریم، برای مواجه با آن آماده ترهستیم

امیدوارم بتوانم در این مسیر سخت  کمک کوچکی برای شما باشم.


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Khoi Pham
Tobacco Cessation Specialist - English & Vietnamese

Xin chào quý vị, tôi tên là Khôi Phạm. Tôi là chuyên viên cai thuốc lá cho người Việt Nam tại Quận Cam. Tôi tốt nghiệp loại giỏi Cử nhân Quản trị Y Tế tại Cal State Long Beach và tôi đang theo học Thạc sĩ Quản Trị Kinh Doanh tại Đại học California Irvine. Tôi có nhiều kinh nghiệm làm việc với các nhóm dân cư như: trẻ vị thành niên, người đang cai nghiện, người tâm thần, và người vô gia cư. Ngoài ra, tôi cũng hợp tác chặt chẽ với Bệnh viện Fountain Valley, Trung Tâm Y Tế Nhân Hòa, Hội Ung Thư Việt Mỹ, và Trung tâm Dịch vụ Cộng đồng của tại Westminster trong nhiều dự án nhằm thúc đẩy tầm quan trọng của việc chăm sóc sức khỏe cho cộng đồng người Việt Nam tại quận Cam. Niềm đam mê của tôi trong việc chăm sóc sức khỏe cộng đồng là cung cấp thông tin chi tiết và đầy đủ cho mọi người để họ có động lực bảo vệ sức khỏe của mình tốt hơn qua việc cai thuốc lá.Vào thời gian rãnh rỗi, tôi thích dành thời gian cho gia đình, khám phá những địa điểm mới lạ và đọc sách. Và với sự chuyên nghiệp, tận tâm và chu đáo; xin quý vị hãy tin tưởng vào tôi để cải thiện sức khỏe của chính bản thân mình và gia đình. 

Hello, my name is Khoi D. Pham. I am the Vietnamese Tobacco Cessation Specialist. I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration from California State University, Long Beach and I am pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration at the University of California, Irvine. I have vast experience working with diverse populations such as youth, sober living, mental health, and homeless. I am committed to providing preventative healthcare for the public by working closely with County Community Services Center in Westminster, Fountain Valley Hospital, and the Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation on several projects to promote the importance of healthcare to the Vietnamese community. My passion in healthcare is to give each person the motivation to understand health differently. In my downtime, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, exploring new places, and reading books. You can count on me to provide exceptionally professional care with empathy and compassion.


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Zaira Ramirez
Tobacco Cessation Specialist - English & Spanish

¡Bienvenido! Es un tremendo placer ser parte de 1-866 NEW-LUNG y servirle. De mi experiencia pasada en la salud pública, he aprendido que el apoyo social es uno de los componentes más importantes al realizar cualquier cambio en nuestras vidas. Por eso estoy aquí, para ser parte de este viaje contigo y apoyarte en el camino. A pesar de facilitar nuestras clases para dejar de fumar, mis áreas particulares de interés incluyen investigar y colaborar con miembros de la comunidad para brindarle los servicios y recursos para dejar de fumar más actualizados. Como su especialista en la cesación del tabaco, mi objetivo es apoderarlo en que tome el control de su salud y lo ayude a alcanzar su máximo potencial de salud. ¡Listo cuando usted lo este, espero conocerlo muy pronto!

Welcome! It is a tremendous pleasure to be part of 1-866 NEW-LUNG and be serving you. From my past experience in public health, I have learned social support is one of the most important components when making any change in our lives. This is why I am here, to be part of this journey with you and support you along the way. While I enjoy facilitating our quit smoking classes, particular areas of interested include researching and collaborating with community members to provide you with the most up-to-date tobacco cessation services and resources. As your Tobacco Cessation Specialist, my goal is to empower you to take control of your health and assist you in reaching your full health potential. Ready when you are, I look forward to meeting you soon!


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Elizabeth Hien
Marketing Specialist

Hi there! I am the marketing specialist for 1-866-NEW-LUNG, working to make California breathe easier. In 2017, I received my degree in Communications with an Advertising concentration from the California State University, Fullerton. I have experience in promoting city events in Fullerton and managing entertainment services in LA and OC. My goal is for all Orange County residents to have equal access to funded resources, especially to free programs like 1-866-NEW-LUNG, without barriers. As a marketing specialist, I aim to bring awareness to my community about all resources available to improve your quality of life. I’m always enthusiastic for graphic design, documentaries, and coming home to my dog, Molly. My vision for the future is a beautiful and smoke-free Orange County. I look forward to all of us breathing the same clean air.


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