We are excited to introduce our CAPM board members for 2013. Today we have Danny Lee, current Board Chair of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans.
Who are you?
Danny Lee joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota in 2007. He is currently the Network Management Business Partner for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. He serves on this visible role as a facilitator of the network optimization and innovation strategy, process, and execution as well as serving as a liaison for the Association.
He was selected in 2011-2012 to attend a seven-month leadership-training program “Leaders in Action” through the Leaders Research Institute. He continues his interest and involvement in Asian American culture by serving on the steering committee and previous Chair of Asian Circle, a resource group for Blue Cross’ Asian-American employees in conjunction with the company’s Diversity Council.
He started his public service and health care career at Hennepin County in 1998 and went on to worked for the State of MN in 2002 as a Senior State Program Administrator training all the Minnesota Health Care Programs in the 87 counties. He is an active advocate on health disparities/inequities, inclusion and diversity issues in the community. He is committed to working for the underprivileged from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to improve their health status.
He is a Governor appointee to the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM); serving his second term and was the previous Vice-Chair and now currently Chair. The Council advises the Governor and the legislature on issues encountered by Asian-Pacific people in Minnesota.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Metropolitan State University. He is also a graduate candidate for the Masters of Health and Human Services Administration at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He has been a licensed realtor since 2006 and a previous local Chinese restaurant business owner. He resides in Oakdale, MN along with his lovely wife and three beautiful kids.
Briefly tell us about your community and about some of your current involvements in the community.
My community is all of the people, cultures and organizations that surround me. I feel a strong community benefits the individual, the community as well as the greater society. People of all ages who feel a sense of belonging tend to lead happier and healthier lives, and strong communities create a more stable and supportive society.
There is a quote in which I’d like to share by Marianne Williamson, “In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.”
Some of my various community involvements are:
- Hmong Resource Fair (Planning committee member and sponsored event)
- Dragon Festival (Sponsored of the do. Walk around Lake Phalen and Dragon Boat race)
- Hmong Chamber of Commerce (Held luncheons on health care reform impact on small Asian businesses and discuss network provider contracting issues)
- India Fest (Sponsored event — held annually at the State Capitol Fairground – A joyful celebration of the rich culture and heritage of India, by the Asian Indians with all Minnesotans)
- Asian Pacific Heritage Month (Annual health lecture series — Invited doctors, professionals, and educators from the Asian Pacific Islander(API) community to lecture on health issues affecting the API community and recommendations on how we can improve the health disparities).
- Long Tieng Academy (Mentoring high school student on career development and motivate them to achieved success through education)
What do you hope to accomplish on CAPM’s board?
- Build a stronger, transparent and more effective relationship with the community and the non-profit organizations that support API.
- With the Affordable Care Act signed into law – leveraging health care knowledge to work collaboratively with the State agencies on health disparities issues in the API community and the appropriate collection of data to reflect the demographics of this State.
- Closing the achievement gap by starting and investing time with early childhood especially in the API community.
- Working closely and building a strategic relationship with the legislature in helping understand the issues and needs of the API community.
- Having appropriate representation of all API to serve and have a voice on the board.
- Build stronger collaboration and partnership with corporate sponsors.
Is there a person in your life that has been the most influential? Why?
Yes. My mom is the most influential person in my life. Due to the hardship and struggles of the Vietnam War, we were torn apart living in two different countries for 10 years during my early childhood. It is with her tenacity, courage and perseverance that she sacrificed whatever it took to unite with me. She has always put others first when she has none, been my biggest cheerleader and supporter in whatever it is that I choose to do. Our relationship is one that stands the test of time. There’s an old saying that says, “A mother’s love is never ending,” this is the true essence of what she provided me. It is because of her that I am who and where I am today (well, some credit goes to my wife too).