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AWFH Newsletter | November 2019
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Cancer Awareness Fair at Boston Teachers Union
 


In order to promote breast
cancer awareness and prevention in our community, on November 2nd, Asian Women for Health joined the Cancer Awareness Fair hosted by Boston Teachers Union Women’s Rights Committee, along with other community organizations to share educational materials and resources for support.


 

We also exchanged helpful information with other community groups and learned practical approaches to self-care and wellness from the yoga class presented by Linda (You can see us trying hard to stretch our bodies in this picture!) and the body awareness movement class presented by Bob!!  
 
Episode #10
Raising The Alarm on a Preventable Epidemic / Hepatitis B


As a racial/ethnic group, Asian Americans have the highest rates of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, a leading cause of liver cancer. Nearly 50% of those affected by HBV today in the U.S. are of Asian descent, of which more than 70% are foreign-born. How could the prevalence of HBV be so disproportionately high in the Asian community?  


In this episode, we sound the alarm on this critical public health issue with Dr. Elisa Choi, Internist and Infectious Disease Specialist, and Chief of Internal Medicine at her medical practice. Her concern over health disparities and commitment to providing culturally competent care to ethnic-specific populations have made her a champion and advocate of Hep B awareness. While Hepatitis B is not curable, it is both treatable and preventable with proper screening and vaccination. 

Additional Resources:
About Dr. Elisa Choi, MD
Dr. Elisa Choi is the current Governor of the MA Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), becoming the first female and only Asian-American woman to be elected to the Governorship in the history of the MA ACP Chapter. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and practices both as an Internist and as an Infectious Disease, HIV, and Hepatitis infection specialist. Dr. Choi has a particular interest in healthcare disparities, and in providing culturally competent care addressing health issues affecting Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) and minority populations.

Dr. Choi is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and holds clinical and educational leadership positions in her healthcare organization. She serves as a Chief of the Internal Medicine Department at her practice. She has extensive experience in healthcare and public health advocacy efforts at Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, and has also been actively involved in the planning and organization of an annual Advocacy Day at the MA State House for the MA ACP Chapter since 2016.”


Please see links below to our podcast episodes:
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Member of the Month

Ava Wang received her B.A. in Translation and Interpretation in China in June 2019. She is currently pursuing a master's degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, focusing on gender and security studies in East Asia. Working as a journalist then a language teacher, Ava has traveled to various places in Europe, Southeast Asia, South America, and Australia and gained insight on women's and children’s living experiences around the world. As a new volunteer in AWFH, Ava hopes to contribute to raising the awareness of women’s health and participating in the upcoming events. 

Upcoming AWFH Events

November Volunteers Social
Personal Storytelling for Social Change 

 
Come join this Storytelling event as AWFH November volunteers social on 11/23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at Dudley Cafe, to celebrate an evening of stories about immigration, identity, community health, housing/gentrification, and representation in education as told by our Executive Director, Chien-Chi and these amazing storytellers!

Date: 11/23 (Sat.)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m
Location: Dudley Cafe (15 Warren StreetBoston, MA, 02119)
Register Here
December Volunteers Social
"Sparkle & Shine" Zumba Holiday Party



For December's volunteers social, please come join Asian Women for Health, Z-Park, and Zumba instructor and AWFH member, Sandra M. Kim, for a fun and festive Zumba fitness workout that will lift your spirits and leave feeling in the holiday mood. Bring clothes & shoes to move in, some water, and all your friends & family! 
Suggested donation is $10-20.

Date:12/13 (Fri.)
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m
Location: Z-Park (1000 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138)
Register Here
Nominations for the Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare are open!!
 
Presented by the Commonwealth Institute (TCI), this Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare Awards is to honor remarkable emerging female leaders in Massachusetts who are not routinely recognized. The goal of the awards is to recognize and support these exemplary talents who demonstrate collaboration, mentor others, and encourage diversity.

Nominations for this award are now live and will be open through December 6th! Anyone may nominate an Extraordinary Woman who works in or is associated with healthcare. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Don't hesitate to nominate emerging Asian female leaders who have been dedicated to healthcare improvement!!
Nominate a Leader Here
A Big Thank You for All Your Support!
Asian Women for Health has won a 2019 Top-Rated Award!!
 
Thank you to those who have contributed reviews to Asian Women for Health on GreatNonprofits. We've got 45 inspiring and heart-warming stories shared by our volunteers, donors, community partners, and supporters. Thank you all for supporting and participating in this amazing journey with us. Hope we can continue to create more beautiful memories together and contribute to this community!

Read All the Stories Here
AWFH is in the World Journal Chinese Newspaper
 

According to a research report retrieved from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there's higher breast cancer risk among immigrant Asian American women than among US-born Asian American women. Moreover, Asian-American women have the lowest rate for breast cancer screenings among any other population segment.
(Read more about this article in Mandarin here)

Therefore, as a breast cancer survivor, Chien-Chi also shared the vision of Asian Women for Health which is to increase Asian women's breast cancer awareness and advance Asian women's health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support.
(Read more about this article in Mandarin here)

Upcoming Community Events

Boston Girls Empowerment Network:
Fall Mental Health Workshop Series



Come join the last session of this monthly Mental Health Workshop Series presented by the Boston Girls Empowerment Network, to practice applying different wellness resources and mental health strategies with other community members!

December: Year-End Mental Health & Wellness Events
This workshop will offer presentations on gender and culture-specific yearend mental health and wellness events offered locally.

Date: 12/11 (Wed)
Time: 10:00 -12:00 a.m. 
Location: B2 Police Station Community Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
(2400 Washington St, Roxbury, MA 02119 )

 
Research Study on the effects of the stereotypes
on Asians’ mental health
 

Callie Wang, a member of a research team at Case Western Reserve University is looking for participants who are Asian/Asian American over the age of 18 to participate in this online study regarding the experiences of Asian adults. The goal of the study is to see what is associated with the internalization of stereotypes in Asian adults and what is associated with stress, anxiety, and other psychological symptoms.  In this study, we will also ask you about experiences of discrimination, your emotions, and your experiences. The study should take about 45–60 minutes to complete and should be completed in a private setting, free of distractions.

This study is being conducted by Amy Przeworski, Ph.D. in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.  You may contact Amy at 216-368-5022 or axp335@case.edu.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please click here
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

 
Calling Nursing and Health Care Skills

to Have a Place on Suburban’s Team!

 

If you are a:  
  • Clinicians just starting their careers
  • Experienced Nursing Professionals seeking a different care-giving style 
  • Students attending an accredited nursing program                                                                                
Now is the time for you to discover your career in health care with Suburban Home Health, one of the oldest and largest providers of Home Health Care in the Boston area!

Download the description here
Go to Careers@shhcsg.com to submit your resume and connect  
Learn more at: www.suburbanhomehealth.com
 
Scholarships for Cancer Patients and Survivors
 

 
There is a wide range of very generous organizations and advocacy groups dedicated to helping anyone 'living with cancer' afford a college education. The grants are for cancer patients and survivors, children or siblings of cancer patients and survivors, and students who have lost a parent to cancer.

Nancy Novack, Ph.D. has compiled an extensive list of scholarships available to seniors who will be graduating next June as well as students who are now in college, vocational schools, and graduate programs. 
 
Job Opportunities

Massachusetts General Hospital is hiring a Staff Assistant II and a Community Organizer.

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 

Sanford Research Population Health group is looking for an Associate Scientist/Scientist

Boston Explorers is seeking Day Camp Counselor/Teen Program Leader

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

 
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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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