AWH July newsletter


July 2022 

Artwork by Ashley Lukashevsky
As an organization that exists to improve the health of all and to equip women with the tools to take care of themselves, recent national headlines have left us hurting. As a founding partner of the BIWOC Gathering Circle, we have are issuing this statement along with our sister organizations:

The BIWOC Gathering Circle was created on the principle that healthcare and wellness are a right, not a privilege, for women of color, communities of color, LGBTQIA+, and gender-expansive communities. 

The Supreme Court's decision on Friday, June 24th, puts at risk the health and bodily autonomy of women of color and all people who can get pregnant. The ruling will have harmful consequences for women of color and all people who can get pregnant who do not have the resources or access to reproductive health care in states where legal abortion is available. 

It is essential to recognize that our right to make personal autonomous healthcare decisions about our bodies is interconnected with other rights, such as making intimate, private decisions about healthcare, marriage, family planning, child-rearing, and education.

BIWOC Gathering Circle is committed to our core beliefs in the right to make autonomous decisions about our bodies, equitable healthcare, and the right to have access to health resources and support. Access to abortion and reproductive health services remains legal in Massachusetts. Please use the resources below and share them with your community. 

Reproductive Health Services: 
Beth Israel Lahey Health 
Boston Medical Center Obstetrics & Gynecology 
Fenway Health Obstetrics & Gynecology 
Fenway Health Transgender Health & Trans and Gender Diverse Youth Care 
Mass General Brigham Obstetrics & Gynecology Planned Parenthood League of MA 

Birth Control Across The Gender Spectrum 
End of Roe v Wade: Implications for Male Partners 
Opinion: Guardian - Black women could see a 33% increase in pregnancy-related deaths post-Roe. Why?
Opinion: NYT - Abortion Pills Will Change a Post-Roe World
Planned Parenthood Guide to Abortion Laws 
Plan C Pills
Shout Your Abortion

Feminist Women's Health Center
Fund Texas Choice
Keep Our Clinics  
Michigan Reproductive Freedom for All
Midwest Access Coalition
Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund
National Network of Abortion Funds 
Repro Legal Defense Fund


Staff Changes

Our Program Director, Edward Hsieh, Program Coordinator, Kim Huynh, and Health Advocate, Phung Luu, have all moved on to pursue their passions in other fields. We wish them the best and are grateful for the contributions they made for Asian Women for Health and the community at large!
Open Positions

We're hiring an Operations DirectorCommunications & Development ManagerProgram Manager, and Program Coordinator/Admin Assistant! Click the button below to view all of our job postings and for more information about how to apply. 
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Chien-Chi received the Excellence in Community Service Award at the Chinese Culture Connection's 17th Annual Fundraising Gala on June 11 for her dedication in supporting Asian women’s health and wellness through education and advocacy. 


AWFH joins 12 other grassroots organizations as recipients of the 2022 Community Impact Grant from The Boston Women's Fund. The Community Impact Grant is awarded to organizations that support their communities through outstanding systems change work, leadership development, and community organizing. 


Traditional Chinese Medicine

 by Dr. Agnes M. Costello
"At a young age, my grandparents always referred to health as a balance between the ying and yang, the hot and cold..."
In this blog post, Dr. Costello talks about the balance of integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine into Western practices. Chinese herbs have medicinal properties, but when taken in excess, can lead to harmful effects.
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From Resilience to Radiance
Episode #27: Healing Work: Defining Survivorship after Hodgkin's Lymphoma

 with Nayonika Chatterjee
A cancer survivor’s journey extends well beyond the period of medical treatment. In this episode, we talk to our special guest, Nayonika Chatterjee, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 14. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is among the most common types of cancers that affect teens and their lymphatic systems.
Nayonika reflects on her own healing as a lifelong process of adaptation, struggle, and transition, but a journey that continues to lead her to greater self-awareness, resilience, and hope. She recognizes healing as a non-linear path, where survivors can choose how they share their personal stories.

As a graduate student at Brandeis University, Nayonika plans to research how individuals of South Asian descent uniquely experience their cancer journeys and engage in survivor discourse. Her goal is to elevate people's voices to show the humanity behind their lived experiences and to explore how culture and language intersect and influence their well-being. If you are interested in learning more about Nayonika's research, you can email her at nchatterjee@brandeis.edu
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For More Podcasts, visit our website


Wellness for All of Us: Wellness Workshops

Last month, we launched our Wellness for All of Us Campaign with our East Region Partners from the All of Us Research Program. To continue our campaign, we will be hosting a different wellness workshop each month for participants to learn a new wellness practice and to get to know what the research program is all about.
Compilation video with AWFH, GBCGAC, KCSC, India Home, and CSEA
Join the Study

Acupressure Workshop

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves treating blocked energy, or qi, by applying manual pressure to specific points on the body. It is similar to acupuncture, except that it uses fingertip pressure instead of needles.

We are joined by Bing Yang, who will teach some basic pressure points to improve sleep, energy, emotion, memory and preserve good health. Learn how to locate your pressure points and how to apply the acupressure method in your daily life.

Asian American Mental Health Forum

Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Asian American Mental Health Forum on July 30th, 2022! This is a free event and open for all to attend. To keep up-to-date with this year's event, visit our FB page here.
We are seeking sponsors who are invested in better understanding mental health and responding to communities in need. Sponsorships are essential to ensuring that the conference remains free for all attendees. 
Sponsor the Forum

2022 CelebrASIANS Benefit Fashion Show

Please save the date for our 2022 CelebrASIANS Benefit Fashion Show on Sunday, October 3rd. We are returning to an in-person event this year with the option to join virtually. For more information about the event, please visit our webpage.


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