Roaming the corridors of NYC City Hall for nearly a decade, Luna was one of the first Chinese-speaking reporters holding truth to power in the largest US City. She wrote stories in Chinese for World Journal, the largest Chinese media in the United States. Every day, she felt a moral responsibility to ask the tough questions many of her Chinese readers could not ask due to language barriers.
Luna felt a sense of injustice, especially in health care, observing high health inequities in the Chinese community. So, she had to act. In 2015, she joined MetroPlusHealth as an Assistant Director specializing in events and community outreach. Her work in effectively reaching the Asian communities of New York City led to her promotion to AAPI Marketing & Community Relations Manager. In this position, she focuses on informing and educating AAPI communities and their rights to healthcare.
Luna has produced multi-faceted events attracting elected officials, advocates, community members, health care experts, and reporters to discuss the challenges of access to care in AAPI communities. She spearheaded a virtual town hall to Stand Up Against Asian Hate during the pandemic moderated by WABC journalist Cefaan Kim and featured a panel that included Governor Kathy Hochul.
A true advocate for New York’s Asian communities, Luna played an integral role in expanding MetroPlusHealth’s Queens’ presence via the Grand Opening of a flagship Flushing Community Office in 2021. The new location is in a busy and predominantly Asian neighborhood.
In 2022 for AAPI Heritage Month, she led the special project of Mental Health initiatives, including a survey, op-ed, tabling fair at City Hall Park, virtual town hall and a press conference on the steps of City Hall to bring the attention of the community, industry and governmental agencies to the mental health issues in the Asian community.
When not in the field, Luna oversees digital marketing and social media campaigns for various MetroPlusHealth plans. She has developed unprecedented relationships with elected officials and community-based organizations.
“As a former journalist, I tend to ask for those who couldn’t ask. As a health care professional, I want to care for those who weren’t taken care of. Health care is not a privilege, and it is a basic right. ”