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AWFH Newsletter | December 2019
"Sparkle & Shine"
Zumba Holiday Party at Z-Park

Thank you for joining us at our Zumba party!! It was such a night of fun and high energy, and we hope everyone had a great night with us. Special thanks to our host at Z-Park for providing us with a superb facility and state-of-the-art AV!! We would also like to thank our amazing Zumba instructors: SheuFen, Sandra and Amy for leading us and showing us their passion! Most importantly, we are thankful for everyone who participated and donated to support Asian Women for Health. Please click the button below to see more pictures, and don’t forget to "LIKE" our page and help us to reach 1,000 likes by the end of the year!!  
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The Farewell Screening and Panel Discussion

On December 12, we joined the farewell screening and panel discussion hosted by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The movie is about a Chinese family who upon learning their grandmother has been diagnosed with cancer and has only a short while left to live, decide not to tell her and schedule a family gathering before she dies. However, the U.S born and raised granddaughter, Billi, expresses conflicted thoughts with her parents over the Chinese cultural beliefs that result in a family refusing to disclose such a life-threatening disease with the matriarch.
This film points out the cultural differences that affect the way we communicate. The Chinese family values indirect communication and values collectivism, so they chose to bear this emotional burden of the diagnosis for their grandmother by lying to her. This is different from the individualistic values and direct communication style which are more common in Western culture.
This also provokes us to think about how culture plays a part in healthcare services. As all of the speakers gave us impressive examples of how cultural beliefs and communication styles affect the way they take care of their patients. Nina Scott from Interpreter Services also mentioned that interpreters and/or culturally competent healthcare services should consider themselves as the cultural brokers, who are the bridges to connect groups of different cultural backgrounds for the purpose of reducing conflicts.
Member of the Month

Ashley Yuen is a recent pre-medical and health studies graduate from MCPHS University, was raised in California, and is trilingual (fluent English, conversational Mandarin and Cantonese). Throughout her academic career, she has learned about health disparities pertaining to people of colour--and is especially interested in Asian Pacific Islander and LGBTQ+ groups. She has been a part of numerous research teams, lead and facilitated leadership trainings, and conducted focus group interviews. As a new member of Asian Women for Health, she is excited to learn how to better serve this community.  

Upcoming Community Events

One Night Only: Filipino Cuisine Pop-Up

Please come join this one night only event, the Filipino Cuisine Pop-Up, on January 16, at Parsnip Restaurant, presented by Chef Jeffery Salazar of Parsnip in partnership with BOSFilipinos.

Parsnip’s Executive Chef Jeffrey Salazar, of Filipino heritage, is partnering with the BOSFilipinos community for a one-night-only Filipino feast. The spotlight for this Pop-Up dinner is Filipino cuisine, still a rarity in Boston, and a move towards building better intercultural relations, removing boundaries, and creating a global community.

Date: January 16 (Thursday)
Time: 2 seatings - 6pm; 8pm
Location: Parsnip Restaurant
(91 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA 02138)

Register Here
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

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

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 to submit your resume and connect  
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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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