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February 2015| 
UPDATE 2/14: The Yoga & Mindfulness Benefit Workshop has been rescheduled from February 15 to Sunday, March 1, 2:30pm due to Snowstorm Neptune. Stay warm!  
Dear AWFH members and supporters,
In spite of the dreary weather, AWFH had a lot of reasons to celebrate in the last few months! The TransformASIANS conference this past January was a great success, and AWFH gratefully received the Lenny Zakim Fund for its third year in a row. Also, earlier this month, I was invited to present at the Forum For Japan Cancer Patients (2/7-2/8) in Tokyo. We are honored and grateful for the award and success of both conferences. These are true testaments to our commitment and belief in Peer Empowerment and Peer Support.
We have new committee members and will highlight them in our e-newsletter every month. This month will feature Riana B. Jumamil,  Co-Chair of the Communications & Resources Development Committee. We are always looking for volunteers, so if you are interested please see below for more information! 
As we continue towards advancing Asian women's health and wellness through education, advocacy and support, we invite you to check out our events in February. Please consider the Yoga Workshop as a way to practice self-love in honor of Valentine's Day, and the Whole Health workshop as part of a New (Lunar) Year's resolution to set/achieve personal health goals. Seats are filling up--RSVP soon!
Stay healthy & stay in touch,
Chien-Chi Huang
Executive Director
Members of AWFH accept the Lenny Zakim Fund for its 3rd year in a row.
Upcoming Events
Yoga & Mindfulness Benefit Workshop
Sunday, March 1, 2015 
Honoring cancer & trauma survivors
2:30 to 3:00 pm – Survivor support group
3:00 to 4:30 pm - Yoga & mindfulness meditation
Open to public / suggested donation $15
Free for survivors
Please reserve a spot online ASAP:
Proudly hosted by: Sukha Living Studio
177 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA 02420
Email: | Phone: 781.249.8688
FREE "Achieving Whole Health" Training
Friday, February 20, 2015
9:00am - 5:00pm 
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
178 Tremont St., Boston
across from the Bolyston Street Green Line Stop
The Achieving Whole Health: Balancing Body, Mind and Spirit is an interactive one day training that can be readily incorporated into ongoing services and gives providers and community members the tools, knowledge and skills to become Wellness Coaches.  As Wellness Coaches, they help AANHPIs learn how to make healthy decisions and learn how to take an active role in their own self care.  The current training is based on the US Department of Health and Human Services SAMHSA’s Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) and the Appalachian Consulting Group’s nationally recognized Peer Specialist Whole Health Training program. The materials were modified and redesigned to be appropriate for use with AANHPI communities.   
For more information contact
D.J. Ida, Executive Director of NAAPIMHA
Janet SooHoo, Training Director
Help table for Asian Women for Health
at ECAASU 2015!
February 20-22, Harvard University

Riana Jumamil, Co-Chair of Communications & Resource Development Committee, will be facilitating a workshop on "The Apolitical Asian American: Breaking the Silence," as well as tabling for Asian Women For Health. 
Help her table and spread the word about AWFH:
(You don't have to register to help out!)
The ECAASU Annual Conference is the oldest and largest Asian American student conference in the United States. In each of the last 36 years, the ECAASU Conference brought together college students from across the United States and created the opportunity for thoughtful dialogue, debate, and learning on important issues within the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Discussion and debate of these issues are facilitated by keynote speakers, workshops, and speaker panels, in which students have the opportunity to interact with leaders in government and advocacy, business and entertainment, and more.
In February, for the first time in 22 years, the ECAASU conference comes to Harvard University, with collaboration from Brandeis University, Northeastern University, Boston University, Boston College, and Tufts University. The theme of the 2015 ECAASU spring conference, New Asian American, looks at identity differently from ever before by incorporating intersections and acknowledging the diversity of the AAPI identity.
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: long-term fund development strategy, social media, membership & volunteer engagement
2. Governance & Finance: operational structure and processes, documentation, legal compliance, and financial management
3. Programming & Advocacy: developing community focus group contents, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and relationship building with stakeholders and sponsors. 
Please send an email with your contact info and interests to: 
Selena Tan
Vice Executive Director
Chien-Chi Huang
Executive Director
     Previous Events/Updates     
2/7-2/8: Forum for Japan Cancer Patients
From left to right: Furjen Deng (Presenter, Light & Salt Association), Mikio Arisawa (Event Host), Presenter Susan Matsuko Shinagawa (Presenter, API National Cancer Survivors Network), Chien-Chi Huang (Presenter, AWFH)
Chien-Chi Huang, Executive Director of AWFH, was invited to present at the Forum for Japan Cancer Patients (FFJCP) in Tokyo, Japan during February 7-8. This was the first gathering of over thirty Japanese Cancer Patient Groups hosted by the Chugai Academy for Advanced Oncology. 
2/3: Lenny Zakim Fund, 2015 Recipient
From left to right: Ying Lu, Fanny Chan, Selena Tan, Chien-Chi Huang, Priyanka Gupta
We want to express our utmost gratitude to the Lenny Zakim Fund for supporting our work for three years in a row! Since 1995, the LZF have worked in partnership to provide assistance to small, emerging grassroots organizations like AWFH to make the world a better place and create positive social change. We received the honor on February 3 at the Revere Hotel Ballroom. We thank you with all our hearts!
1/10: TransformASIANS Conference
AWFH celebrated a very successful annual TransformASIANS 2015 conference in January. The conference theme was Controlling and Preventing Diabetes, and featured handful of wonderful speakers. Check out the pictures, by Yancey Lu, through this link.
            Contact Info           
Chien-Chi Huang
Executive Director

Selena Tan
Vice Executive Director
         In This Issue       
Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop
"Achieving Whole Health" Training
Tabling for ECAASU 2015
Seeking Volunteers
Forum for Japan Cancer Patients
Lenny Zakim Fund 
TransformASIANS photos
AHA's Go Red Campaign
Member of the Month
    Member of the Month     
Meet... Riana B. Jumamil!
Riana is Co-Chair of the AWFH Communications & Resource Development Committee, Her responsibilities include coordinating social media updates and announcements, researching fact sheets, and recruiting members and volunteers. She joined AWFH because she hopes to help discover and bridge health disparities among Asian subgroups, especially in the Filipino community. Currently she works as a Research Assistant at Boston Children's Hospital, exploring how discrimination and stigma affect access to healthcare. She is aiming for a career as a physician working in global and community health. Learn more here.
    This February, Go Red!  
For more information about cardiovascular disease, symptoms, preventative lifestyle changes, and further stories, visit the American Heart Association or the CDC: heart month.
            Contact Info           

Chien-Chi Huang
Executive Director

Selena Tan
Vice Executive Director