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COMMUNITY ACTIVISM

 
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Dr. Michelle Lee rallied over 100 NYC healthcare workers to create the first vaccinated white coat frontline in support of the AAPI community on 3/21/2021. Speaker of over 3,000 community members in NYC on same stage as Chuck Schumer, Andrew Yang, and BLM activists.

Dr. Michelle Lee covered by New York Presbyterian (#1 Hospital in NY) in "Perseverance and Pride: AAPI Healthcare Workers Get Personal About Racism" after creating the first white coat frontline to the AAPI community. She credits the White Coats for Black Lives Group she was part of as a Cornell Medical Student for inspiring her to advocate for her own community after seeing AAPIs being scapegoated with violence during COVID.

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Dr. Michelle Lee pictured left and interviewed in an Associated Press article on "Asian American health workers fighting coronavirus and racist attacks", which was featured on national ABC News, NBC News, L.A. Times, Yahoo News, Voices of America, Sacramento Bee, and Star Advertiser.

Dr. Michelle Lee pictured left and interviewed in an Associated Press article on "Asian American health workers fighting coronavirus and racist attacks", which was featured nationally and internationally on ABC News, NBC News, L.A. Times, Yahoo News, Voices of America, Sacramento Bee, and Star Advertiser, Tennessean News, My Morthwest, Local 10 News, Taipei Daily, Taiwan News, Thai PBS, and more.

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Spoke to ABC 7 News about rising anti-asian sentiment in NYC as a native New Yorker and frontline worker on 3/21/21

Dr. Michelle Lee encouraged COVID vaccination for NYC in a East Side Stories video and raised awareness of the barriers the elderly and immigrants often face

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Dr. Michelle Lee covered by New York Presbyterian (#1 Hospital in NY) in "Perseverance and Pride: AAPI Healthcare Workers Get Personal About Racism" holding a sign she made for a rally, "Racism is a Public Health Issue". 

Dr. Michelle Lee has been invited as a virtual speaker at several national and hospital-wide diversity meetings, including New York Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell and Columbia, Mercer College of Medicine in Georgia (shortly after the Atlanta Georgia shootings), and Stony Brook University Medical Center to discuss anti-Asian racism, activism, and action items. She started a mentoring program pairing medical trainees with healthcare students.

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Dr. Lee has spoken about AAPI issues and escalating anti-asian racism during COVID to ABC 7, Now This News (>100,000 views), Gothamist, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Health Matters, and East Side Stories. She has written articles on these topics for Stat News, Infatuation, Civil Eats, Salon, and Life & Thyme. 

She is quoted in Gothamist, "We don't practice medicine in a bubble. Racism is an important public health issue, just as any medical problem that we're dealing with" and that the AAPI community "recognize that fighting anti-Asian hate means fighting for Black Lives Matter". On 4/27/21, she was referenced on NPR live air as a Manhattan radiologist who believes "racism is a public health issue".

Dr. Lee amplified Natty Jumreornvong, a Sinai Medical Student who was called "Chinese Virus" before beat on the way to the hospital in Feb 2020. Jumreornvong had gone to the local newspaper who declined to cover her hate crime. Dr. Lee became her professional, activist, and writing mentor, amplifying Jumreornvong's story on stage at the largest NYC AAPI peace rally (3/21/21) and allowing her to regain her dignity and narrative. Dr. Lee was also responsible for getting Jumreornvong's story through to ABC 7, Now This News, and Washington Post; Dr. Lee's amplification spurred internal change within Jumreorvong's hospital. Dr. Lee appeared in a Now This News segment with Jumreornvong that was viewed over 100,000 times.

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Dr. Michelle Lee and fellow activists protesting anti-asian violence in Times Square, as pictured in New York Post

Dr. Michelle Lee has helped organize for several peaceful rallies around NYC and DC. She has advocated for the NYC AAPI community as a writer for almost a decade.

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Dr. Michelle Lee in a 5/7/2021 Associated Press video speaking as an organizer for a rally against anti-Asian Hate

Dr. Michelle Lee was invited as a lecturer for NYP Hospital GME Diversity Taskforce AAPI's Heritage Month. 

She also hosted discussion and spoke at Stony Brook University Hospital (New York) & Mercer College of Medicine (Georgia)

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Dr. Lee in an NBC article "Six Things You Can Do To Help the AAPI Community" on 5/27/2021 interviewing Stop AAPI Hate.org's cofounder Dr. Russell Jeung.