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Dear AWFH members and supporters,
This month is a time to celebrate Asians & Pacific Islanders in America, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve this community. It is hard to believe our list has expanded to over 4200 people! 
We kicked off the celebration with the AppreciASIANS Awards Gala (see below) at UMass Club of Boston on April 30, and held the 3rd State of Asian Women's Health in MA Conference on May 14 to share best practices that link Community, Campus and Clinics.

Georgia Simpson May,
Director of Office of Health Equity at Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health and the moderator for the conference, facilitated a group activity to help identify key concerns in the communities and prioritize the tasks.

Three workgroups (Mental Health, DataHealth Literacy) were formed and the members  will convene throughout the year to work on projects. We look forward to having them report back at the conference next year. 
We are always looking for more volunteers, especially those interested in participating in research or community outreach and enducation. See the sidebar for information on how to become a volunteer, like our newest recruits Shalini Rao and Iru Fernado. For students interested in doing an internship with us, please complete the survey so we can better match your interests with our needs.
Thank you again for your support! 
Chien-Chi Huang
2015 AppreciASIANS Gala: Louis Guitierrez (Keynote Speaker), Awardees Liza Talusan/Peer Leader Award, Hyeouk Chris Hahm/Innovator Award, Catherine Vuky representing South Cove/Provider Award, Dr. Elisa Choi/Policy Award, and Chien-Chi Huang (Top). Partner Award recipient Karen R. Young, VP & Chief Inclusion Officer at Harvard Pilgrim (Bottom Left). Auction Items (Bottom Right).
Upcoming Events
ASPIRE Speaker Series:
Discover Your Career in Non-Profit Fundraising!

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 6-8pm 
Interested in a career in fundraising? Join ASPIRE's next free Speaker Series event and learn more about this field from our panel of experienced development professionals. Each of our speakers has more than 10+ years of fundraising experience in higher education, health and human services, the arts, and medicine.
2nd Annual Comprehensive Cancer
Statewide Meeting

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 8:00am-1:00pm 
Four Points Sheraton, Norwood
1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike
Norwood, MA 02062
Cancer is the leading cause of death for Asian Americans. We hope to see you and your colleagues at this important State-wide meeting. Last year Chien-Chi Huang, our ED, was one of two Asians at the conference of over 200 people.
Healing Through Storytelling
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10am-12pm 
Everyone has a healing journey. In this workshop we will explore the healing benefits, barriers, and risks of sharing one’ s recovery/healing story. A majority of the workshop will be experiential. Participants will have the chance to develop their own stories and to share if they choose to do so. Participants will develop their stories through writing.
CLICK HERE for more info.
Presenter: Christina Chan, Co-Founder, The Breaking Silence Project
Presenter: Pata Suyemoto, Ph.D., Co-Founder, The Breaking Silence Project 
Gauging Interest in Student Internship
with Asian Women for Health 
Interested in HEALTH POLICY, HEALTH DISPARITIES, or RESEARCH/GRANT WRITING? Asian Women for Health, a community-based peer-led non-profit in Boston, is conducting a survey to gauge student interest for a potential internship.

Please fill out the survey below!

For more information regarding Asian Women for Health and our upcoming events, please check out our website: If you have any questions regarding the survey or AWFH, please email
Need Help:
Planning Committee for CelebrASIANS 2015
We are looking for planning committee members to help with our annual benefit fashion show CelebrASIANS (link to last year's video) hyperlink to the video) on Friday, Oct 9thfrom 6-9pm at Boston Korean Church - interested individuals please email me at:
Reflections From Our Newest Members:
Shalini Rao and Iru Fernando
When Chien-Chi first told us about the volunteer opportunities for AWFH at the Health Expo, we were intrigued. We had not yet seen the organization in action, but from what she told us, they were doing excellent work. We were greeted by many friendly faces at the AWFH table, quite clearly passionate about the work they were doing. After a quick rundown of the tasks we were responsible for, we sat and waited for people to stop by. It was surprising to see how much interest our table received. We taught many how to do a proper breast exam.  In doing so, we had people tell us that they were going to go to their doctor to have a more thorough workup. We also asked people to do a survey about their health and the preventative measures they had taken in their lives.  What surprised us the most was just how big of a difference these seemingly small tasks had. It created an open dialogue about taking responsibility for our own health. Make no mistake about it, these are the type of efforts that save lives. And we are proud to be a part of it.
     Previous Events/Updates     
5/14: State of Asian Women's Health in MA Conference
Three main topics were discussed at the Conference on 5/14: Mental Health, Data, and Health Literacy. Check the notes below to see what was talked about and what needs to be done. Please email for more information and if you have ideas for collaboration. 

Group 1: Mental Health
Group 2: Data Notes
Group 3: Health Literacy Notes
4/30: AppreciASIANS Award Gala
Guests at the 2015 AppreciASIANS Gala held at the University of Massachusetts Club in Boston.
            Contact Info           
Chien-Chi Huang
Executive Director

Selena Tan
Vice Executive Director
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           In This Issue         
ASPIRE Speaker Series
Healing Through Storytelling
Student Internship Survey
Help for CelebrASIANS 2015
AppreciASIANS 2015 Article

    Members of the Month     
Meet our newest members! Shalini Rao will be graduating this summer from D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Supply Chain & Operations Management. She also has a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Loma Linda University. Iru Fernando is currently going into his last year of his psychiatry residency at the Harvard South Shore Program. He received his Medical Degree (MD) from St. George's University. Shalini and Iru are married and have been living in Massachusetts for almost 2 years.
   Volunteer Info   
Seeking Volunteer Committee Members! 
We need committed students or professionals with the desire to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, Asian women's health disparities, join us by serving on one of these Committees, and potentially joining our Board:
1. Communications & Resource Development
2. Governance & Finance
3. Programming & Advocacy
Please send an email with your contact info and interests to: 
Selena Tan
Vice Executive Director
Chien-Chi Huang
Executive Director
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Chien-Chi Huang
Executive Director

Selena Tan
Vice Executive Director
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