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ASIAN WOMEN FOR HEALTH INC

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Causes: Cancer, Counseling, Health, Mental Health, Women, Womens Service Clubs

Mission: Asian Women for Health is a peer-led, community-based organization dedicated to advancing Asian women's health and wellness through education, advocacy and support.

Target demographics: Asian women and their love ones to live a happy, healthy life

Direct beneficiaries per year: 819

Geographic areas served: a supportive environment

Programs: peer health education, conferences, support groups, providers training and research.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the last four years, I have been involved with Asian Women for Health INC and their efforts to reach Asian Pacific American women in need of a wide range of healthcare initiatives, most especially for mental-health issues. Asian-Pacific Americans are among the least likely to seek treatment for serious mental health problems. Based on the 2004-12 National Survey of Drug use and Health, less than 50% of Asian adults in Massachusetts with serious mental illness received any mental health services. For all services, local studies have indicated that Southeast Asian American women are the least likely to seek or receive help or services for any serious ailment.

In Boston and across Massachusetts many suffer in silence while too few seek help. That is why Asian Women for Health helped to recruit more than 30 organizations to create a national campaign and convening website -- easily accessible to mobile devices -- that raised awareness.

Asian Women for Health does so much superb work for other compelling health issues; their commitment to helping with all other medical conditions is inspiring!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWFH has been putting in a lot of efforts to help the community of Asian Woman to assist them with healthcare-related issues. This is greatly appreciated.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Asian Women For Health for the past four years as the emcee for their annual fashion benefit and as an individual donor. AWFH plays a critical role in our community in promoting health equity and increasing access to quality care and culturally relevant resources for underserved women. I've seen firsthand how survivors of cancer and trauma have grown stronger through their connection to AWFH. Countless women tap into this powerful peer network that supports their healing, health, and wellbeing; many then give back to others by becoming advocates and ambassadors of the organization. Through conferences and research studies, AWFH also influences the public dialogue around women's health among service providers and policy makers. As a donor, I'm confident in the organization's leadership and that every dollar invested is used to advance critical programs and initiatives. AWFH is poised for growth, and I will continue to support them wholeheartedly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Asian Women for Health as a member of the planning committee for the annual "State of Asian Women's Health" conference. My involvement with AWFH has opened my eyes to many of the unique challenges experienced by the AAPI community, including the "model minority" myth and the lack of disaggregated data which masks variation among Asian American subgroups with respect to health care access, utilization, and health disparities. AWFH does such important work on both the local and state level to bring these issues to light and to inform improvements in health care delivery. I have been continually impressed by Chien-Chi's dedication, cultural expertise, community-driven leadership, and tireless advocacy in support of Asian women's health.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The director of this organization is a wonderful woman and champion for women's health initiatives. Asian Women for Health is collaborating with my high school to provide mental health awareness to our students, many of whom are from Asian cultures. The background and expertise that they provide resonates greatly with our students who thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. I look forward to working with them again in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible at distributing knowledge and identifying points in the medical system that have failed asian women or women of color

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My primary experience with Asian Women for Health is with its signature "The State of Asian Women’s Health," an annual conference that engages and educates stakeholders about Asian health issues and disparities. These conferences are superbly planned and executed and a source of inspiration and great ideas. One of the workshops in the 2016 conference, a self-care demonstration, became the model and inspiration for a workshop that our organization developed for front line immigrant language and family liaisons in our local school district. We are currently adapting it to provide self-care sessions for over one hundred medical interpreters at our local safety net health care system.

The State of Asian Women’s health annual conferences, along with two other Asian Women for Health signature events, CelebrASIANS (fashions for cancer survivors) and an annual mental health conference, in addition to showcasing great ideas, regularly provide numerous opportunities for networking among health care providers and community health non-profits. This is an essential and usually unaddressed area of need. These relationships often lead to extended, productive collaborations. Out of the conferences ideas, in addition to relationships, can and have, led to the formation of ad hoc exploratory groups such as the Asian Data Working Group, formed under the leadership of Asian Women for Health. The goal for those involved was, and is, to change health data policy at the state level to facilitate a much needed disaggregation of Asian health data. This has been accomplished in some states and is an essential part of informing improvements in health care delivery for very different populations (Koreans and Bangladeshi, for example) who are currently lumped together under one heading, “Asian.” Aside from the importance of the task, the effort created opportunities for many of us to learn how to work with state legislators and other policy makers, valuable skills that we then carried back into our own organizations.

Asian Women for Health has made many rich and varied contributions to the understanding of how to achieve and advocate for better heath in the Asian communities locally and, through research participation, nationally. It has had an equally important role in strengthening its local non-profit partners working with other communities, leading by example and creating opportunities for mutual growth and support. We deeply appreciate the work of Chien-Chi Huang, ED, and Asian Women for Health!

Alex Pirie, Coordinator, Immigrant Service Providers Group/Health, Somerville, MA

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such motivated and kind people - they truly give visibility to important issues and advocate for education and knowledge which is so empowering. I especially love their emphasis on mental health as well - that despite often being invisible, it is just as valid.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love their annual fashion showcasing the survivors and their journey. It’s a life changing experience and kudos to Chien-Chi and her team of volunteers for organizing this event each year!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Friends of Mel Foundation is a proud sponsor of Asian Women for Health. I have had the privilege of watching this organization grow ever since I attended their first conference for Asian women at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I was shocked to learn how many different dialects there are in this population. After listening to survivor stories during the panel discussions, I was stunned to learn the challenges Asian women face when diagnosed with cancer...not only are they dealing with a life threatening illness but, in many cases, there are language barriers and they are not able to communicate with their medical professionals. I can hardly imagine the fear these women experience! Executive Director Chien-Chi Huang has created a community based network which is dedicated to supporting Asian women on their cancer journeys, through education and patient advocacy. There is no other organization like Asian Women for Health in Massachusetts and beyond. Kudos to Ms. Huang and her team of dedicated volunteers for recognizing this need and working tirelessly to fill it

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Asian Women for Health for many years. I have led the Achieving Whole Health program, been a community model for the benefit fashion show, spoke at the annual conference, and attended many of AWFH's events. I continue to be active in this organization because I passionately believe in its mission. Hope that others get involved too!

Jojo A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with AWFH for the past five years. I can truly say that AWFH is creating a lot of awareness among asian women with regard to their health and wellness in Greater Boston area. They are certainly one of the leading health and gender advocacies groups in the city and the state.

Claribel W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asian Women for Health has a notably wide range of impact in a variety of communities, of different ethnicities, ages, and other life experiences. I enjoyed interning there and working closely with Chien-Chi Huang, who has consistently shown dedication and compassion for the work that she does with AWFH. I appreciated the intergenerational sharing of knowledge as a participant in the Achieving Whole Health program, between women at different stages of their life. We could celebrate our intersecting experiences and also honor our differences, as people who identify as Asian women. There is a lot of heart behind each of the programs set forth, which was evident both as someone who worked with the director and also someone who participated in one of the programs.

Katytarika B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Asian Women for Health has been actively organizing and being present in their community for years. Chien Chi is a staple to the Boston AAPI community and her dedication shines through in the success of AWFH. ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS supports all of the work AWFH does to uplift femme voices in the AAPI community in Boston.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AWFH has an out-sized impact beyond it's small scale/size. It provides a platform at the state-level for highlighting Asian women health disparities and a model for working collaboratively with numerous organizations as a channel to Asian women for issues across chronic diseases such as cancer and mental health.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found out about this organization in a circuitous way. I join various meet up groups and saw a meetup that gave women an opportunity to show a “shared causes, passions, road blocks and ideas for self-care / self-preservation by decorating own paper umbrellas with visual affirmations and mantras: What Color is Your Umbrella? An Interactive Art Workshop for Women Advocates/Activists.” I thought this was a terrific idea! This organization also presented a lovely fashion show and the models were survivors of breast cancer. The show really touched my heart! Telling the stories of these brave women and the years of suffering, depression and sacrifice and how they are working through their individual cancers. I am looking forward to other events and so very glad I found this organization. And yes, I, my sister and cousin are all breast cancer survivors.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AWFH provides a peer led network of support for Asian women facing a variety of health needs. Chien Chi Huang and her Board live their mission to educate, advocate and support women with their health.
I had the privilege of attending the recent CelebrAsians Benefit Fashion show on October 13 th 2018. The moving stories from each and every model who walked the runway is a testament to the work of AWFH.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I am constantly impressed with the deep community ties the organization has nourished over the years. AWFH brings a voice to the medical care community table that has long been ignored. On the industry side, the annual conference focused on Asian women's healthcare issues brings together important information not otherwise available. On the individual side, support programs are specially designed to meet the needs of Asian women, often overlooked as a unique category with specific needs.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for and helped advise Asian Women for Health for at least 6 years... and I keep on coming back because AWFH and its charismatic, energetic director -- Chien-Chi Huang -- are out front on so many health issues which impact Asian women from countries all over the continent. Thought AWFH started as the Asian Breast Cancer Project, it rapidly expanded its education, activism and involvement into Diabetes, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and other issues which far too often receive the silent treatment in Asian communities. AWFH is on the cutting edge of health and health-related social advocacy. I look forward to many more years working with the organization!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Asian Women for Health over the past four years. As an organization founded by people with direct experience of health care challenges, they are uniquely situated to provide leadership development, training and education for community members and health care providers.