(This is where I get to write about myself in third person using fancy language.)
Sophy S. Wong, M.D. began working in the HIV community in 1996 as an advocate and case manager. Dr. Wong trained at Brown University, UCSF, and has worked globally in Kenya, Tanzania and China. Dr. Wong served as the director of East Bay Getting to Zero (EBGTZ) from its founding in 2018 to 2022.
Dr. Wong currently serves as the medical director of the HIV ACCESS program, faculty for the UCSF Bay Area AETC and advisor for East Bay Getting to Zero (EBGTZ). Dr. Wong’s work focuses on bringing diverse teams of people together to collaborate on and implement creative solutions that improve access, equity and high quality HIV prevention, testing, linkage and care.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Wong researched, reviewed and interpreted emerging science and data on the SARS-COV-2 virus, focusing on practical preventive measures, masking and vaccines for community members and health care workers, posting updates on the EBGTZ COVID-19 webpage starting in March 2020. For the first 6 months of the pandemic, these updates also served as the weekly pandemic communications for Alameda County.
Dr. Wong’s health-related tools and resources are found on the East Bay Getting to Zero website, including updates on the East Bay HIV strategic plan page, resource pages and East Bay updates on COVID, HIV and MPX (complete list writings and tools here), which have reached over 86,000 readers since March 2020.
(This section is a work in progress.)
I am the child of migrants, refugees and immigrants. My ancestors survived by trusting their senses, learning to use whatever knowledge and materials they could get in creative ways and connecting with family and community for support. I hope to honor and develop these gifts in grit and resiliency as I muddle through modern life.
I have enjoyed the fruits of my ancestors’ labors by having the privilege of being many things all at once: public health and HIV specialist physician; graphic designer; ordained lay Buddhist practitioner of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing; experimental baker, crafter and gardener; amateur swimmer, hiker and yogi; partner and parent; scrappy explorer who loves all sorts of learning and adventures.
More to come on this story in 2023. Please stay tuned.