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NOVEMBER 2020

 

 

 

Recap on the 8th State of Asian Women's Health Conference
 

Thank you to our community members who joined the 8th State of Asian Women's Health Conference on November 12! It was our first virtual conference, and we were thrilled with the level of engagement and lively discussion. Students and health professionals alike reflected on the assumptions/barriers to culturally responsive care. A special 'thank you' to all of our speakers and panelists for offering their time and expertise! Check out the conference program book for their full bios. 

While this year has presented many challenges, we felt uplifted by our community's voices in how we can improve underserved representation in clinical research. For more details on the keynote address, panel discussion, workshops, and plenary discussion, read the blog post below. 
 

 

 

BEST OF INSTAGRAM 

 

On Election Day, we were inspired by this powerful quote from the late John Lewis. 

We wished a Happy Diwali and safe holiday to everyone celebrating! #festivaloflights

 

 

SPOTLIGHT 

 

Racism Is a Virus PSA at the APHA Film Festival

 

Our Racism Is a Virus PSA was featured at the American Public Health Association's Film Festival in October! If you are interested in learning more about hosting your own PSA watch party, email info@asianwomenforhealth.org. We also have a list of anti-racism resources on our website. 

 

 

 

Participate in a Boston University mental health survey

 

Boston University is conducting a research study,   examining the frequency of and mechanisms behind suicidal thoughts and behaviors in East Asian, Asian-American (specifically those who identify as being from China/Taiwan, Korea, or Japan), and Caucasian women. The survey will take 30 minutes to complete, and participants will be entered into a drawing for two $100 Amazon or Starbucks electronic gift cards to be drawn at the conclusion of the study. Email Esther Tung for any questions. 

If you are interested in participating, you must meet these eligibility criteria:

  • Female; age 18-25; English-speaking and reading
  • Living or attending school in the United States

You must also belong to one of these three categories:

  • International student born in East Asia (China/Taiwan, Japan, or Korea) who immigrated to the United States from Asia specifically for college or graduate studies
  • Child of immigrants from these countries (China/Taiwan, Japan, or Korea) who was born in the United States or who immigrated before the age of 5
  • Non-Hispanic/Latino Caucasian whose ancestors have been born and resided in the United States for at least three generations (i.e. your grandparents and parents were also born and raised in the United States)

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

AWFH Monthly Social on December 15
 

We are hosting virtual socials on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The next social, "Holiday Drinks & Traditions", will be on Tuesday, December 15, from 7-8pm ET over Zoom. These socials are a great way to get to know the AWFH community. More details to come on Facebook; stay tuned!

 

THANK YOU! 

 

Thank you to our conference sponsors and partners


We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors at the 8th State of Asian Women's Health ConferenceSouth Cove Community Health Center, CHAAO, the Disparities Solutions Center, Eastern Bank, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

We also appreciate the support of our conference partners: Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Color MagazineZ-Park, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

 

Homecoming 2020 Starts Tomorrow! And... One Week Away:

"In the Room & At The Table"

Our Annual Celebration

TOMORROW (Friday, Nov. 13th):"Research IS Activism!"

(Noon-1pm) A Lunch & Learn on the importance of 

Data Equity & Diversity - RSVP HERE

ONE WEEK AWAY!

In the Room & At  The Table 2020

RSVP for our Annual Celebration HERE

Join us for The Seminar’s Annual Celebration: “In the Room & At The Table” Thursday, November 19th (5:30-6:30pm). In the Room & At The Table 2020 will be a virtual event featuring speakers, awards, and much more.

 

You can purchase tickets, donate to the Seminar, and sponsor our event by clicking HERE

 

This year we are thrilled to be honoring Colette Phillips, President & CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, who embodies the mission, spirit and values of the Seminar.  Colette is a wonderful example of new Americans making impactful, widespread, lasting impacts on our communities in Massachusetts and around the country.  Colette also personifies our event title because few put people “in the room” or at the decision-making table better than her!

 

With over 60% of our students requesting some form of tuition assistance, the Seminar relies on the generosity of donors and sponsors to help us accomplish our mission.  As we celebrate our accomplishments over the past year, we would be extremely grateful for any support you might be able to provide.

 

Purchase tickets, donate to the Seminar or sponsor our celebration HERE

 

In the Room & At The Table will be the culmination of Homecoming Week 2020 “Bringing Us Together While We’re Apart which will feature unique educational, networking and volunteer opportunities. Keep an eye out for more Homecoming details!

Join us for Homecoming 2020 - a virtual week, uniting our over 1,400 Seminar alumni. This year's Homecoming will offer unique opportunities to celebrate, network, give back to our communities, and learn ways to increase our activism & impact.

 

We hope to see you at some (or all!) of these events:

 

Friday, Nov. 13th (Noon-1pm) - Lunch & Learn: "Research Is Activism!... How YOU Can Help with Diversity in Precision Medicine". Co-sponsored with our partners at the All of Us Research Program at Boston Medical Center. RSVP HERE

Monday, Nov. 16th (7:30-8:00pm... or longer!) - Seminar "Virtual" Reunion and After-Dinner Toast. RSVP HERE

Tuesday, Nov. 16thA "Virtual Day of Service" which everyone can join in!  CLICK HERE for details and to sign up.

Wednesday - Nov. 18th (5:30-6:30pm) - Seminar Next Gen: "And the Youth Shall Lead Us". Hearing and learning from our next generation of leaders. RSVP HERE

Thursday - Nov. 19th (5:30-7:00pm) - In the Room & At The Table 2020: A celebration of our resilient Seminar family. RSVP HERE


NEW JOBS LISTED

 

Check out our Updated Jobs Section with Employment & Career Opportunities with our partners in Boston, Melrose and San Francisco, including:

 

Boston Harbor Now

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

   and

The San Francisco Office of Racial

  Equity (Seminar Alum, Danielle Ngo)

"Kick in the Door!"

Check out our

NEW VIDEO  

Celebrating the Amazing

"Women of the Seminar"

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The 8th State of Asian Women's Health Conference

Trust in the Time of COVID: Best Practices for Culturally Responsive Care § Support


Our 2020 conference focuses on educating healthcare professionals about the importance of providing culturally responsive and competent care, and to recognize frontline workers' contributions to advancing Asian women's healthThis important state-wide gathering of community members, advocates, public health officials, service providers, business leaders, community-based organizations, researchers, and policy makers, provides a rich co-learning platform for engaging key stakeholders and facilitating cross-sector collaborations. Our goal is to shed light on how cultural competency can be used to advance social justice and address ​health disparities.


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Thank you to everyone who attended and supported last night's virtual Silk Road Gala!  We were thrilled to celebrate our community’s strength together with you, and to share the impact that ATASK has had, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As of today, we have raised more than $140,000, with donations continuing to arrive.  

 

We are especially thankful to Grace, who shared her journey as a survivor with us. Through her story, we see that lives can indeed be changed when others support and believe in you. Most importantly, her courage and determination provide HOPE to others.  She is an inspiration to us all.

 

A heartfelt thank you goes out to each of you, our supporters. Thank you for believing in ATASK and for honoring our mission to prevent domestic violence in Asian families and communities.  With your support, together we are making a difference in the lives of survivors. 

 

 

 

 

If you missed the event,  you can watch the video at anytime by clicking below.

 

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A special thanks to everyone who devoted their talent and time to make the Silk Road Gala a success!  

 

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2 days away from CelebrAsians
tinyurl.com/celebrasians2020
VIP tickets come with a virtual swag bag, supporting Black, Asian, and women-owned businesses! 
Behind the Scenes at CelebrAsians video shoot
A big shout-out to our in-kind sponsor, ASICS, for providing all of the stylish, high-performing shoes & sportswear. This year's theme is Embodying HERstory, and we are amplifying a message around fitness: "Active living is crucial to self-care and emotional wellbeing." Our survivor models felt "proud" and "confident" during the video shoot, and we can't wait to showcase their strength & resilience at Saturday's fashion benefit!
For more BTS photos
Please note: All attendees will get a link to the virtual event tomorrow, and VIP ticket holders will receive their virtual swag bag via email on Saturday. 
Treat yourself & support a great cause
The CelebrAsians silent auction is open to the general public, and it will close at the end of the event (8:30pm ET on Saturday). A weekend getaway in Rockport, MA, private yoga session, gorgeous jewelry, and much more are up for grabs! Access the auction:
Can't make it to CelebrAsians?
Other ways to show your support:
Make a donation
Start a peer-to-peer fundraising page

 

October 2020🎃

Hi Boston TAP folks,

Happy Double Ten Day! To learn more about the history of Double Ten Day, check out this article from OFTaiwan: https://oftaiwan.org/culture/double-ten-day/

The deadline to register for the November General Election in MA is Saturday, October 24!

Stay healthy!
TAP-Boston

 

 

Upcoming Events!

 

Volunteering with Groundwork Somerville at South Street Farm
Time: Saturday, October 24, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: 138 South Street, Somerville, MA 02143

Join TAP Boston at the South Street Farm, Somerville's first and only urban farm! Harvested produce is sold at the Somerville Mobile Farmers' Market, donated to local food pantries, and used for special events and healthy eating workshops hosted by GWs. We will be harvesting kale and eggplant and will have the chance to take some home!

Learn more on Facebook: here
Sign up: here

 

Highlights from Previous Events!

 

Muddy Water Initiative Volunteering on September 26, 2020

 

 

Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign!

 

Write In Taiwanese Census Campaign
Please support the Write In Taiwanese Census Campaign by any of the following - 

1. Purchase a Campaign T-shirt or a Sweatshirt through the Census Campaign Store
2. Donate any amount through Venmo (@taclorg) and PayPal (tacl@tacl.org); please be sure to note the donation is for Census 2020 Campaign
3. Complete the post census survey here: tacl.org/census-2020
4. Visit us using the following:
Facebook and Instagram: @write.in.taiwanese.census
Websitehttp://tinyurl.com/counta2020

 

Events in the Community

 

2020 Taiwan Film Festival of Boston Screening: RUN FOR DREAM

Film Screening: 10/9 (Fri) 3pm EDT – 10/12 (Mon) 3am EDT
Forum Discussion: 10/11 (Sun) 8pm EDT
Event linkwww.taiwanfilmfest.org/buy-tickets

For October’s event of the 2020 TFFB “Lost and Found” Series, we are introducing a journey running toward a dream, RUN FOR DREAM (2019) - documentary on Taiwanese ultramarathoner Tommy Chen in his endeavor across barren deserts, formidable mountains, and desolate ice fields to become Asian champion of the 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series

 

 

 

Help Support the Community

 

Supporting Boston Chinatown

 

Rice Sticks and Tea COVID-19 Support

During the COVID-19 crisis, Rice Sticks and Tea continues to serve its approximately 100 low-income households each month, meeting a critical need. To help Rice Sticks and Tea to continue the efforts, please consider donating online at https://ricesticksandtea.org/donate/

 

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We've partnered with Boba Origin (link) to get 5% off all Boba merch! 

Use the code "TAP-BOSTON" at checkout! 

 

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We invite you to come share your experiences, and learn from other industry professionals in a roundtable discussion to empower one another in the workplace. All is welcome.
This event will take place virtually on Wednesday September 30th from 7:00-8:30pm and will be hosted by Women in NAAAP.
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APAICS in Conversation is an exciting new weekly series of virtual fireside chats to learn and hear from leading AAPIs in their field. Each teleconference is approximately 30 minutes and includes a Q&A session with the participants.
Listen to an insightful conversation with the Honorable Patrick Shen, former Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices in the U.S. Department of Justice moderated by Peter S. Hyun, Partner at Wiley as they address constitutional rights during this public health crisis, the growing violence against Asians and Asian Americans, and the resources through which victims can report violence
Patrick Shen is a partner in in Fragomen's Government Strategies and Corporate Compliance Group. In this capacity, he works with U.S. and multinational clients to maintain compliant immigration programs.
Prior to rejoining Fragomen, Patrick was appointed by the President and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate as Special Counsel for Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices in the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. He also served as Policy and Planning Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Department of Homeland Security, and Chief Immigration Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Earlier in his career, Patrick spent several years as an immigration litigator for the Justice Department, having served as an Assistant District Counsel of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and a trial lawyer in the United States Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, NY and the Justice Department in Washington, DC, representing INS and other agencies in federal courts. He also had a stint in private practice as Director of Government Relations for Fragomen prior to his presidential appointment.
Patrick is a volunteer with his local fire department in Maryland. He was an adjunct professor at American University's Washington College of Law, and a sports reporter in Taiwan before returning to the United States to attend law school.
The moderator of the Conversation, Peter S. Hyun, is a partner at Wiley, a Washington, DC law firm that operates at the intersection of politics, law, government, business, and technological innovation. As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia's U.S. Attorney's Office, Assistant Attorney General in the New York Attorney General's office, and Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Peter provides strategic advice to companies and individuals navigating multifront government investigations and litigation.
Peter is also an active member of the Federal Bar Association's National Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association in D.C., and the Council of Korean Americans. He is also a contributor to the Cybersecurity Law ReportBloomberg LawThe Hill, and VentureBeat.

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ACE NextGen Crisis Management Series: Uniting in Crisis

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Deep Dive With Andrew Chau of Boba Guys

To RSVP, join the private ACE Nextgen group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ACENextGen/

If you have at all been following AAPI culture and community, you have heard of his name, or had his boba. Andrew Chau is a man of many talents and accomplishments including opening 20 Boba Guys stores in multiple cities and states, and calling Will Smith as one of his investors. These days he is testifying on Capitol Hill for small business, and fighting violence against Asians with campaigns like WashTheHate.

But let’s see how the boba was made. We know his social media prescence and brand, but let’s see what really makes Andrew tick, what his vision for AAPI’s in America is, and what its going to take to truly bridge cultures. With our remainder of our time, we will take it back to earth a bit and hear how Andrew re-opening his stores amongst COVID-19.
          
April 2020

New challenges mean new opportunities
Left to right: Anthony Yu, Raissa Li, Ashley Yuen/staff, Jenny Wu, Dong Tong, Chien-Chi Huang/staff
Exploring new opportunities
At AWFH, we are following the advice of health professionals to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and transitioning our in-person events to virtual. We know that social distancing can lead to isolation for many people, which can be detrimental to our mental health.

Over the past month, we have been exploring the use of technology to continue our work to provide peer support and health webinars in English and Mandarin. Let us know what kinds of information and support are interesting to you! We are also compiling pandemic-related resources to list on our website.

Upcoming webinars, all on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. EDT:

April 18: Money Matters during COVID-19 by Ms. Mui
April 25: Abstract Landscape Painting Art workshop by Heidi Lee
May 2: How to be an Ally discussion led by Brenda Herrera Moreno
May 9: Tea AppreciAsian/Trivia by Candy Liang & Grace An
Learning about traditional practices

Thank you to all who joined us for our webinar on Eastern ​Medicine and COVID-19 earlier this month! We featured Jonathan (Huan-Wen) Fang, a second generation Chinese medicine practitioner who has been licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 2004. He is a certified eastern medicine practitioner as well as a Reiki II practitioner and auricular therapist.

We discussed three ways Eastern medicine can be beneficial to our health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Herbs can strengthen our immune systems, which help fight off viruses. Acupuncture also boosts immunity, and unblocks our body’s meridians to increase chi and blood circulation. Exercise in general, including Taoist exercise, can invigorate blood circulation and support healthier T cell production.

These are great practices to consider adding to our health maintenance routines, along with handwashing, wearing face masks in public, and practicing social distancing. Thank you to Jonathan Fang for providing his expertise!
Check out our podcast archive

Production of our From Resilience to Radiance podcast is temporarily on hold, and the archive is available on our websiteSoundCloud, and Apple Podcast. Now is a great time to catch up on any episodes you may have missed! 
Give us a listen!
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Member of the Month

Amy Hsu is a recent graduate from Wellesley College, but was raised in Taipei, Taiwan. With a deep interest in working with people and a curiosity in science, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine. She currently works in Charles River Community Health working trilingually (English/Chinese/Spanish) to ensure patients receive appropriate and timely care for abnormal breast and colorectal screening.

Through Asian Women for Health, she has found an avenue to help close the gaps in cultural and structural-based health disparities. Last year at Celebrasians, she was the Model Coordinator and hopes to become a certified health educator in the future to further contribute to Asian Women for Health!
Join our weekly check in group
Staying connected during this time provides benefits for our mental and emotional health. We are starting up weekly check-ins the week of April 20 for the following groups:
  • LGBTQ+ group
    Mondays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

     
  • Mom's group
    Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

     
  • Adult women's group (age 30 and over)
    Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

     
  • Young women's group (under age 30)
    Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

     
  • Singles
    Fridays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

     
  • Cancer survivors & patients group
    Sundays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
Email us to sign up - you can join more than one group! Thank you to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for funding this program through their Harvard Pilgrim Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant.
Community COVID-19 Resources

Last month, we shared some pandemic-related resources that we thought may be useful. Here are some more that might be helpful, from a rental relief fund in Boston to a video of Dr. Choi speaking about anti-Asian prejudice during this time. More resources are available on our website.
 Stay healthy, stay safe, stay connected!

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The Massachusetts District Office of the Small Business Administration is hiring a Program Support Assistant and an Outreach and Marketing Specialist. More term positions are available with their disaster response efforts. See more information on these jobs!

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AWFH Newsletter | January 2020
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2020: A year with AspirAsians!!

As I was giving an orientation to our newly hired program coordinator (welcome aboard, Ashley Yuen), I suddenly realized how much we have accomplished in the past 7 years!!

2019 was a year with innovative initiatives:
  1. From Resilience to Radiance” monthly podcast, produced and hosted by none other than our Awesome Audrey Paek;
  2. “MobilizAsians” - an online WeChat support forum for Chinese women living with breast cancer, which is funded by the Massachusetts Medical Society
  3. National HepB Foundation funded AWFH to identify key stakeholders and orchestrate a statewide effort in collaboration with APAMSA and organizations serving the Asian American communities.

Moving forward, we will continue using technology to maximize our reach while reducing cultural and language barriers.
We aspire to launch the following new initiatives to build the confidence, capacity and connections of Asian women:
  1. Monthly socials that will take place on the 2nd Saturday every month (see the pictures and a short write up below for Jan Dumpling So Special event). RSVP for the Feb Potluck Hotpot here.
  2. EducAsians” - train peer health educators to provide point of care and heart health education at the Boston Public Market and Roxbury Tenants of Harvard
  3. ASSIST: Asian Sisters Supporting Individual Survivor’s Transformation” - a retreat to heal the mind, body and spirit of Asian cancer or trauma survivors

Please put the dates below on your calendar for our signature annual events, and let us know how you’d like to be involved:

Finally, our annual meeting will take place at Impact Hub Boston (50 Milk Street, Boston 15th floor) on Wednesday, June 17th from 6-8 p.m.  We’d love to see you there and hear your ideas about how we can advance Asian women’s health and wellbeing.


Stay healthy, stay connected!

Chien-Chi Huang

"I Didn't Think It Could Happen to Me"
Hi! My name is Ellie Nguyen. I am a 26 year old first-generation Vietnamese-American woman who spent a year with Asian Women for Health facilitating cervical health workshops. I led workshops on the risks of HPV (human papilloma virus) and cervical cancer among Vietnamese women, because they are 3 times as likely to develop cervical cancer. As a minor demographic, these rates are alarming. 
HPV can be prevented by using protection, along with regular testing and vaccinations for young women and femmes, depending on their age. Throughout my work and knowledge on the issue, I never imagined that I would be affected. In 2018, I went for a routine Pap Smear and received my results back that said I had “abnormal cells” present. Usually, this isn’t a reason to panic as it can go away on its own over time. Instead of testing every 3 years with normal results, I had to get another Pap smear in a year. 
In summer of 2019, I received abnormal results again which is followed up by a procedure called a “colposcopy” which allows doctors to get a closer look of your cervix. Turns out, I had high-risk cells (NOT cancer cells), which if left untreated over time would turn into cervical cancer.

Lastly, a few months after I had another procedure called a “LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)”, which removes those high-risk cells from your cervix. This is mostly successful but includes close monitoring to make sure that the high-risk cells were removed.

Despite all of the knowledge I had, my ability to successfully navigate through the healthcare system, and privilege to access that care that I need - I was still really terrified and dissociated from the process. I knew I needed to push through to follow up on testing and procedures but I can understand why patients may delay their processes. It was surreal to hear that I had high-risk cells. I couldn’t find the language to talk about it with my family so I felt isolated. I was caught up in work and life things, so I had to push these to the back of my mind until the time of my appointments. Luckily, all of my providers were supportive, thorough in explaining what the procedures were and none of them were particularly painful. They all took 10 minutes or less.

I feel a huge relief for myself however I feel a surge to continue disseminating this information to Vietnamese women because cervical cancer is so preventable. Whether it’s due to stigma, lack of awareness, or lack of medical or communal support - we must break the barriers that prevent patients from receiving the care they need. 

Learn more about HPV
From Resilience to Radiance: Episode #11
Living Beyond Cancer and Cultural Stigma / Breast Cancer


While the prevalence of women’s breast cancer varies significantly by race/ethnicity, an earlier age-onset of breast cancer incidence, specifically among Asian and Asian American women, have warranted more research and public outreach for early screenings and mammograms, and education on the risk factors.

In this episode, we follow the personal journey of one young cancer survivor and advocate, Jeannie Karkowski, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30.  In the face of stigmas and struggles with her bi-cultural identity, she discovered the power of her own voice, as well as a support network that has helped her to heal and contribute to the community.  Read More
Please see links below to our podcast episodes:
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1/11 Dumpling So Special
@Roxbury Tenants of Harvard

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our January social: dumpling making party on 1/11! We hope you all had a great time making these Chinese-style dumplings and meeting new friends! Click the button below and check out albums on our Facebook page to see more pictures! And please stay tuned for our upcoming events!
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AWFH is Looking for Volunteers!!

We need help staff the table and conduct field surveys at the below events.
Please email info@asianwomenforhealth.org to signup for am or pm shift:

Upcoming Community Events

Girlx Empowerment Career Night
Call for volunteers!!
If you are a woman (of color, if possible) working in Medicine, Science and Public Health-related fields who would be willing to share your stories and experiences to other young girls, please come join this Career Night under Girlx Only Leadership Program (GOLD) hosted by YWCA Cambridge on January 28, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Cambridge City Hall. 

This career night is mainly designed for middle schoolers in Cambridge/ Boston who identity with the struggles of girlhood, and will allow them to hear from professionals about their careers and life experiences through small group discussions to build self-confidence, intergenerational relationships, and positive femme and women professional role models.

Please feel free to pass to your networks and to have interested parties directly contact: pkranz-howe@ywcacam.org and phone number is: 617-491-6050 x 3035.

Date: 1/28 (Tue.)
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cambridge City Hall
(795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139)
Learn more about GOLD
What's Next for Boston Public Schools? 

Please join us for a conversation with the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Dr. Brenda Cassellius, on January  30, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. At this forum, she'll share her community-informed vision for the district.

Appointed in May 2019, Dr. Cassellius has visited all 125 schools in the school district and hosted well over 100 community conversations and town hall meetings.  The visits, conversations, and inputs have helped to shape her strategic priorities and budget recommendations for the coming school year. Dr. Cassellius will provide an overview of her priorities and plans, and a panel discussion will follow the presentation.

Date: 1/30 (Thu.)
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m
P.S. Unfortunately, registration and the waitlist for this event have reached capacity. However, the event will be broadcast online. Click the button below for the live stream.
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Boston Girls Empowerment Network
Girls Research Presentation

SAVE THE DATE for this year's Boston Girls Empowerment Network Workshop!
On 2/19, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m, BGEN and The American City Coalition (TACC) present you Girls Research Presentation. Pathways for Girls Study assesses the personal assets, resources, challenges, experiences, and interests of 14 to 21-year-old girls and young women of color from the Roxbury community.

Date: 2/19 (Wed.)
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Bolling Building (Boston Public Schools Headquarters), 6F Community Room
(2300 Washington St. Roxbury, MA 02119)
Research Study on Patient-Provider Relationships

Zara Ahmed, a student in the Kilachand Honors College at Boston University is looking for participants who are White or Asian Americans over the age of 18 to participate in this research study.

The purpose of this study is to explore patients' relationships with their primary care provider. Participants would be required to take this 5-10 minute online survey. The questions being asked will ask questions regarding a person’s relationship with their Primary Care Provider (PCP).  These questions will cover topics such as: trust, helpfulness, and accessibility of your PCP. All data collected will remain anonymous and will not be connected to the email provided for compensation.

If you would like to participate in this study or have any questions about it, please email zzahmed@bu.edu or call 203-824-3893 with any questions.
WeChat group for Chinese breast cancer patients, survivors and their love ones

AWFH is creating a WeChat Group for Chinese breast cancer patient, survivors and their care givers to share information and support one another.

If you are interested in joining or need more info, please email info@asianwomenforhealth.org
Job Opportunities

Tech Goes Home is hiring a Program Manager

Federation with Children of Special Needs is hiring for part-time position 
HHS-Office of Adolescent Health has ORISE Fellowship positions available

Boston Explorers is seeking Day Camp Counselor/Teen Program Leader

Boston Public Health Commission is looking for a full-time public health program coordination
Volunteer with AWFH

Asian Women for Health is always seeking volunteers to become part of our network! If you are interested, please take part in this brief survey. Your participation will help us match your interests to the various volunteer opportunities. We look forward to growing the AWFH network with your help!
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Sackler Auditorium, Tufts Medical Center | 145 Harrison Ave, Boston
General Chen is the first Chinese American 2-Star General in the U.S. Army; his father was a captain and pilot of the U.S. Army Air Forces assigned to the 14th Air Force (Flying Tigers) under General Claire Chennault in the Chinese-Burma-India Theatre during World War II.
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General Chen will give highlights from his distinguished career, an Overview of Chinese American Veterans Involvement in WWII, the Status of the Congressional Gold Medal design process, the projected Spring 2020 DC ceremony, and the Project’s official registration process and database. Included will be coverage of Chinese Americans in the American Volunteer Group, China Air Task Force, and 14th Air Force.

Event hosted by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Boston, and the American Legion Boston Chinatown Post 328 and sponsored by the Chinese Historical Society of New England, East Boston Savings Bank, and South Cove Community Health Center

CHSNE is contributing to a new exhibition at the Boston Athenæum

Required Reading
Reimagining a Colonial Library 

Boston Athenæum | 10 1/2 Beacon St, Boston
September 2019 - March 2020

The exhibition showcases and interprets the King’s Chapel Library Collection, one of the surviving treasures of 17th century Boston, exploring the city's colonial history, the fine crafts of bookbinding and furniture-making, and the meaning of “essential knowledge.” In 1698, the set of more than 200 books crossed the Atlantic to serve as a compact library of necessary works for King’s Chapel, the first Anglican church in Boston. As this 1698 library was assembled from a singular point of view, the Athenaeum invited CHSNE, along with other community partners representing a plurality of perspectives, to share in curating the exhibition by providing our “required reading” list of ten titles. 
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CHSNE’s “essential reading” list seeks to give an overview of the struggles and triumphs of Chinese immigrants and their descendents in the United State. The list includes legislation, scholarly works that analyze the effects of these laws, and expressive works that offer more personal perspectives.
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We're excited to announce that CHSNE is taking part of a new exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York City. 

Gathering
Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York City
October 2019 - March 2020

Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History will tell the origin story of historical societies, museums, and organized projects that document and make public the history of Chinese throughout America. This first-of-its-kind survey exhibition is part of MOCA's year-long initiative to commemorate the contributions of Chinese railroad workers in the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago. MOCA's goal is to showcase the breadth, depth, and investment of organized documentation and collection of Chinese history in America. Through this project MOCA hope to expand the dialogue, strengthen connections, and increase collaborative work among these organizations. 
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For Gathering, CHSNE submitted a variety of photographs and event materials from the past 27 years. We sent the architectural model of the Chinese Immigrant Memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery.

More than fifteen hundred Chinese immigrants have found their final resting place in three sections of Boston’s Mount Hope Cemetery since 1930. Many of them had been sojourner-workers who lived difficult lives during the Chinese Exclusion Era. Their customary final journey home after death was interrupted first by World War II and later by the civil strife in China. The once temporary burial ground on foreign soil became a permanent one. 
CHSNE was founded in 1992 with a goal to restore the Chinese section of the cemetery and create a central memorial. In March 2007, after over 18 years of dedicated planning, fundraising, and gaining community support, CHSNE members and supporters dedicated the completed Chinese Immigrant Memorial to the unsung heroes buried at Mount Hope. 
The memorial was designed by Joo Kun Lim of Twinspine Architects with input from the community. Lim explained that the modern design was chosen to “[give] the immigrants who are buried there a place in their new home. It’s been almost 100 years since some of them have died [and should] reflect where they are today.” The memorial provides a place for present and future generations to reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of those Chinese American pioneers who first settled in the Boston area. 
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CHSNE NEEDS YOU! CHSNE is dedicated solely to documenting, preserving, and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England. Please consider becoming a member or donating to help cover our projects and operating expenses. 
Become a member today!
Donate to CHSNE


Learn how to Life Hack Your Business with Outsourcing at ACE NextGen presents Launch: 4th Annual National Conference with workshop host, Lakhi Siap!
Lakhi is the founder of the Chicago Asian Network and partner at the East Wave Group, a full-
service Multicultural marketing agency serving the fast-growing Asian American community. He has over

12 years of experience in Asian American outreach, PR, and Business Development. He travels regularly
to the Philippines for international business projects and is involved with US-Philippine leadership
relations programs with US Dept of State and the Philippine Department of foreign affairs.
Find out more about our conference at acenextgen.org/annual-conference
Early Bird ticket prices will end Sept 22!

Come and celebrate AAWPI's 10th anniversary in Chinatown along with national and community leaders and our alumnae on fire on Sunday, October 13th at 2:00pm.
As the country’s only political leadership organization specifically for Asian American women, the Asian American Women's Political Initiative (AAWPI) has worked to ensure that Asian American women have a voice in their government. As we celebrate our 10th year, we want to honor our sheroes while we energize, heal with and continue to fight for our immigrant communities and communities of color.

Our AAWPI alumnae are Dreamers, anti-foreclosure activists who have experienced foreclosure themselves, aspiring artists and filmmakers, nonprofit entrepreneurs and candidates for local officeOne thing that connects us all is our love of community, activism and willingness to fight for our right to be seen and herd. AAWPI is dedicated to changing what politics and government look like and to building this pipeline of low-income, immigrant women from and committed to our communities.

Please join us for our 10th year celebration: Women on Fire featuring Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), civil rights attorney and former California Board of Supervisors Jane Kim, and Chinese Progressive Association Executive Director Karen Chen.

AAWPI will be honoring State Rep. Tram Nguyen and Chair of House Ways and Means, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz as our Legislative Champions and Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) as our Community Champion.

Sunday, October 13th
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Hei La Moon in Boston's Chinatown

September 11, 2019
Early bird tickets for the Asian American Women in Leadership Conference end Sunday, Sept. 15 - don't miss out on this discount!

APPLY TO YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Applications are open for the 2019-20 Youth Leadership Program! This program is for high school females interested in exploring Asian American identity.

Applications close on Saturday, Oct. 26 and the first session is on Saturday, Nov. 2. 

More information and application can be found here!

UPCOMING EVENTS
ASPIRE Meet and Greet!
Wednesday, Oct. 2
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
50 Milk Street, 5th floor

Whether you're new to the area or looking to expand your current network, come meet some awesome people and learn about ASPIRE and our open roles! There will be snacks and light refreshments.


Mentorship Program - Self-Care Night!
Friday, Sept. 13
6:30-8 p.m.
50 Milk Street, 16th floor (Room: Edison)

We'll be talking all things self-care! Not only about what you can do at home (face masks and bubble baths!) but also self-care at work (taking time to walk away and finding safe spaces). We'll also practice a self-guided mediation together.

Everyone is invited! Please email mentorship@girlsaspire.org to RSVP or send questions.

Mentorship Program - Experience Chinatown Arts Festival!
Saturday, Sept. 28
1 p.m.
Boston Common/Chinatown

Join us at the (free) Experience Chinatown Arts Festival! Meet us at the Bandstand in Boston Common at 1 p.m. and we'll head over to Chinatown to watch performances, eat food, and check out the festivities.

Everyone is invited, including your friends! Please email mentorship@girlsaspire.org to RSVP or send questions.
JOIN OUR TEAM!
Youth Leadership Program (YLP) Facilitator

In this role, you'll work with the YLP Director in running a development program for Asian American girls aged 14-18. The YLP team member(s) must also adhere to all volunteer expectations and responsibilities listed in the ASPIRE bylaws. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare materials for the Saturday workshops
  • Plan and facilitate sections of Saturday workshops
  • Track attendance of participants
  • Conduct outreach to no-show participants

Requirements:

  • Pass CORI background check
  • Experience with teaching, tutoring, mentoring, and/or workshop facilitation preferred

Time Commitment:
  • Two Saturday afternoons per month November-May

Position application and all other ASPIRE opportunities can be found here. Please email info@girlsaspire.org with any questions.
Did you know that a percentage of your Amazon purchase can be donated to ASPIRE at no cost to you? Start your shopping at smile.amazon.com and choose "Asian Sisters Participating In Reaching Excellence Inc" as your benefiting charity!

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