We set up an information table in the busy Blue Wing, aiming to quell rampant prejudice and discrimination around this pandemic. We shared our personal experiences with COVID-19 backlash, information on health disparities facing Asians and Asian Americans, and distributed materials to attendees. Thank you to the Museum of Science for helping to bring light to this issue during these challenging times!
Member of the Month
Celina Lee recently joined AWFH as a grant-funded communication specialist. She is handling our external communications, including social media, print materials, and digital community engagement.
She consults with local and national groups to build power in people of color, Indigenous, and low-income communities. Previously, she was the communications director at an environmental justice organization and has also worked for a corporate accountability group where she helped organize a union to improve working conditions and confront racism in the workplace. She is a board member of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) and volunteers with incarcerated women in Boston. In her spare time, she likes to enjoy her spare time.
Update on events and conferences
Like many of you, we are closely monitoring the news and spread of COVID-19, and are working to reimagine how we build and maintain community connections at this time.
Our annual conference, the State of Asian Women's Health, is moving to Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from the former date of May 20. We will be gathering at the same location, the ZGC Innovation Center in Cambridge, and hope you will be able to join us then. Our Asian American Mental Health Forum, slated for Saturday, June 6, will be rescheduled. See our Facebook page for updates on the Forum!
We are exploring different ways to provide information and support so we can stay in touch while practicing social distancing. Our first seminar, COVID-19 and How to Boost One's Immunity, will be presented in Mandarin Chinese by Dr. Han-Ting Lin on Saturday, March 28, at 10:00 a.m. This workshop is particularly useful for those who have chronic disease or those who care for someone with a compromised immune system.
Are you interested in health issues? Have you found yourself with some extra time to spare? Asian Women for Health is looking for volunteers to become part of our network!
We are currently working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with a holistic and culturally-relevant approach that prioritizes community safety, mental health, and our interdependence on each other. Let us know your areas of interest - we look forward to collaborating with you!