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 website, SoundCloud, and Apple Podcast. Now is a great time to catch up on any episodes you may have missed! 
Give us a listen!
SoundCloud Apple Podcast
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!

Job Opportunity

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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