Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan DC in partnership with the Philippine Medical Association of Metro Washington DC


With the insurmountable challenges brought forth by the pandemic and the sudden rise of hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, the Philippine Nurses Association-Metro DC Chapter (PNAMDC), in partnership with Philippine Medical Association-Metropolitan Washington DC (PMAWDC), is honored to launch the Heal the Healers program to foster health and wellness of healthcare workers of Asian descent. 

With the generous funding from Asian American Health Initiative, we welcome any health care providers living in Montgomery County to participate in our Well-being Webinar Series, STEPS Challenge, and Peer-to-Peer Support Groups!

Montgomery County Support
The ongoing pandemic may be causing increased stress and anxiety for you, your family members, or friends. Here are some tips that may help:

  • Acknowledge the stress and anxiety surrounding you.
  • Focus on what you can do to reduce stress.
  • Eat healthy—limit alcohol, caffeine and sugar as they can affect mood.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Exercise.
  • Maintain close connections with friends and family.
  • Replace scrolling with something else—take a digital break from social media AND news.

For more information and resources, visit Mental health and wellness – Covid19 Information Portal, Montgomery County, MD (

Do not suffer in silence. If you are in immediate need of talking to someone about your stress and anxiety, reach out for help by calling:

  • Montgomery County’s 24/7 Crisis Center (240-777-4000)
  • EveryMind’s 24/7 hotline (301-738-2255), or
  • Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990
  • Or, text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

If you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, open 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or for Spanish 1-888-628-9454. 

Health Care Providers Need Support Also!
Responding to disasters is both rewarding and challenging work. Sources of stress for emergency responders may include witnessing human suffering, risk of personal harm, intense workloads, life-and-death decisions, and separation from family. Stress prevention and management is critical for responders to stay well and to continue to help in the situation. There are important steps responders should take before, during, and after an event. To take care of others, responders must be feeling well and thinking clearly.  For more information, visit

When health care providers don’t manage stress effectively, it can cause:

1. Burnout – feelings of extreme exhaustion and being overwhelmed. Signs of burnout:

  • Sadness, depression, or apathy
  • Easily frustrated
  • Blaming of others, irritability
  • Lacking feelings, indifferent
  • Isolation or disconnection from others
  • Poor self-care (hygiene)
  • Tired, exhausted or overwhelmed
  • Feeling like:
  • A failure
  • Nothing you can do will help
  • You are not doing your job well
  • You need alcohol/other drugs to cope

2. Secondary traumatic stress – stress reactions and symptoms resulting from exposure to another individual’s traumatic experiences, rather than from exposure directly to a traumatic event. Signs of Secondary Traumatic Stress:

  • Excessively worry or fear about something bad happening
  • Easily startled, or “on guard” all of the time
  • Physical signs of stress (e.g. racing heart)
  • Nightmares or recurrent thoughts about the traumatic situation
  • The feeling that others’ trauma is yours
  • Coping techniques like taking breaks, eating healthy foods, exercising, and using the buddy system can help prevent and reduce burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Recognize the signs of both of these conditions in yourself and other responders to be sure those who need a break or need help can address these needs.

If you have these symptoms, acknowledge it and embrace the support available around you 

Additional Resources:

Decrease stigma among Asian American health care workers and increase participation in mental health programs and willingness to engage in support groups.  

  • Offer online webinar or wellness workshops on topics based on wellness program to address professional burnout in health care.      Well-being Webinar Series No. 1:  Beyond Burnout 

Well-being Webinar Series No. 2: Mindfulness practice and other evidence-based interventions to combat burnout

Well-being Webinar Series No. 4: Financial Wellness/Challenges and Strategies for the Healthcare Providers during COVID-19 Pandemic

Well-being Webinar Series No. 3: Asian Hate Bias

Well-being Webinar Series No. 5: FACE TO FACE: Narrative Medicine for the Healer

Increase participation on mental health programs and support groups of Asian American health care workers.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) support for Nurses: expand the existing program to other health care workers who live Montgomery County.  Participants who are identified to have more mental health needs will be referred to a licensed mental health practitioner.  

Montgomery County, MD and neighboring counties 

Asian-American Mental Health Providers

Disclaimer: The information provided on this site does not, and is not intended to, constitute professional advice related to psychiatric/mental health; instead, all information and content available on this site are for general information purposes only (note that some resources may not be the most up-to-date information). Links to other third-party websites are intended for ease in navigation and should not be, in any way, misconstrued as endorsement or referral.


Alice W. Lee MD, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(240) 546-6538

Layan Zhang, MD, 8929 Shady Grove Ct, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(240) 261-7770

Jae Hoon Kim, PMHNP, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 440, Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 202-3387

Jimmy Chen, MD, PhD, Suburban Therapy & Treatment Services, 18502 Office Park Drive, Montgomery Village, Gaithersburg, MD 20886
(301) 852-5019

Emme Ta, M.D., Capital Mental Health, 5454 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1275, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 701-3941

Hei-Jung C. Kim, M.D., Cedarbrook Psychiatric Clinic, L.L.C., 14804 Physicians Lane #122, Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 909-5902

Lisa Sohn PMHNP, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(240) 201-2574

James Park PMHNP, 3545 Ellicott Mills Drive, Suite 200, Ellicott City, MD 21043
(443) 501-2806

Faith Nguyen, PMHNP, Zenbees Psychiatry and Wellness Services, Frederick, MD 21701
(240) 209-9781

Renee Mao, MD, 1915 I Street Northwest, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 951-8240

Maria Trent-Corey MD, 2086 MD-178 UNIT 304, Annapolis, MD 21401 | 443-837-7084

Marilou G. Tablang-Jimenez MD, 18101 Prince Philip Dr, Olney, MD 20832
Psychotherapists: (all race/ethnicities)

Other Helpful Resources:
Montgomery County Crisis System  240-777-4000

How my mental health support group became my lifeline (2 minutes read)

Increase participation of Asian American healthcare workers in wellness programs, which will decrease profession burnout. 

Cardio Strategies: Taking care of one’s heart with a busy work schedule.

STEPS Challenge Kick-Off Montgomery Mall
February 12, 2022

Increase knowledge in the covid pandemic and healthy lifestyle choices that will maintain health.


Carol Robles
President, PNAMDC


Dr. Nathalie Quion
President, PMAMWDC

Christine Pabico
Program Director

Maricon Dans
Program Coordinator


Joy Arellano

Lourdes Careaga

Marissa Usman

Aida Imperio

Mizpah Amados

This program and its activities are funded by the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI), a part of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County.