United Chinese Americans UCA
Cary, North Carolina
Lily Chen is a registered nurse and Certified Nurse Educator by the National League of Nursing. She is a lecturer at the Department of Nursing, North Carolina Central University. She has organized elder care delegations and spoke at conferences sharing best practices between China and U.S. Lily has practiced nursing in a variety of settings including acute care, school and elder care, and served on state and local advocacy groups for older adults in addition to previously teaching at the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois in Chicago among other institutions.
Lily is a long-time volunteer serving in her local communities such as free clinics, schools, her children's sports teams and scouting activities, and served on several national and local non profit boards. She was part of the core team who was instrumental in helping elect the first Chinese American state representative in Illinois in 2016. Lily helped organize two Chinese American conventions in 2016 and 2018 by United Chinese Americans (UCA), a national 501(c)(3) civic organization dedicated to promoting civic participation primarily focusing on immigrant Chinese Americans. At UCA, she has successfully coordinated multiple national and local programs including the UCA Asian American Youth Mental Health initiative since 2016; she also helped found the UCA IL chapter in 2017.
Lily and her family recently moved to North Carolina after living in Chicago for twenty years; she is the mother of five wonderful children ages 17-27. Lily is excited to be in the 2021 Clinical Scholar Cohort with a fabulous team and look forward to the great learning!