Over the past year of volunteering at Asian Women For Health, I have learned so much about how to better take care of myself, and of those around me. This organization is run and participated by such a strong group of individuals with dedicated values. Through the recent Achieving Whole Health program, I witnessed how AWFH continues to inspire strong community and support for women not just in the U.S. but also globally. I am proud to be a part of AWFH and will likewise continue to support its mission the best way that I can.
I participated in Asian Women for Health's Achieving Whole Health program, a group that aimed to improve health holistically, through mind, body, and spirit. What I loved most was that the group was intergenerational and had participants from many different walks of life. The AWH gave me the opportunity to connect with fellow Asian American women in a safe space where we were able to deeply support each other and grow our sense of community. Achieving Whole Health was an incredible experience that I am so grateful for, and I know that AWFH's other programs have impacted Asian American women similarly, in powerful and meaningful ways.
AWFH is run by people with truly fantastic community values. The entire team excels in inclusivity, and promoting health awareness, and positive growth. Chien-Chi works tirelessly to connect people and has always been kind, professional, and a great example of women in leadership.
There are so many positive things I could talk about here, but if I had to put just one it would be a comment on the continuing excellence of bringing women together to support and care for ourselves and one another as a community.
I am moved by the care and action of the founder of Asian Women for Health. This organization supports Asian women with actions for many years. Especially for Asian women suffering from diseases, this is really a very warm group.
Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is an excellent group and serves BIPOC and the Asian community well. Fenway Health's Women's Health Department has done collaborative work with AWFH's Executive Director, Chien-Chi Huang, and she brings expertise in health equity and racial justice to health care initiatives. She is a fantastic leader and collaborator.
I first became involved with Asian Women for Health as a volunteer over the summer, and I immediately felt a strong connection and sense of belonging. I participated in the organization’s Achieving Whole Health program, which offered guidance on the Mind, Body, and Spirit. It was an incredible experience to share health goals and challenges with such a diverse, intergenerational group of Asian women. I look forward to continuing to foster community at AWFH!
I have been living in the Boston Metropolitan area for more than 30 years (yes, I am dating myself!), but never encountered nor sought an organization specifically serving Asian women. When I heard of Asian Women for Health (AWFH), I became curious about it as I am an Asian female. However, I did not know how incredibly helpful it would be to be a part of such community until I started getting more engaged with it this summer.
I had an opportunity to participate in a program called “Achieving Whole Health” offered by AWFH for 8 weeks along with other Asian/Asian American women, of ages as young as teens to as old as retirees, living in different parts of the world. My primary focus at the beginning was to learn more about whole health, but what I ended up getting was much greater than the content matter alone: a strong sense of community and friendship. Through many conversations, I learned how similar we are despite our age, ethnicity, residency etc. in a way I never imagined or experienced. Our inter-generational group added more depth to our conversations as we got to hear from someone who is as young as my kids as well as from those who are 10 to 20 years ahead of me in life. Moreover, it became crystal clear that the co-instructors were not only knowledgeable and skilled in teaching but also genuinely desired to and were committed to supporting, encouraging, engaging, empowering and inspiring each and every one of us.
Now that the program is completed it is up to us the participants to deepen our learning, continue practicing healthy habits and building on our relationships, and it is already happening BECAUSE we are inspired!
This is one of many positive experiences I have with AWFH, and I am so happy that I encountered it and look forward to our collaborative journey as Asian women.
I met Chien-Chi Huang, the founder of Asian Women for Health, at a cancer conference years ago. Every year, I see the organization is growing stronger to support women with Asian / Pacific Island heritage in the US and beyond. Last year, I was featured as a model of the annual CelebrASIAN benefit fashion show. I still get very emotional when I think about my husband's words during the fashion show, "Honey, my heart is racing as I see the confident woman I know is back. You are just as beautiful as the younger you walking down the aisle on our wedding day. Remember that you are my beautiful wife forever!"
I participated AWFH's Achieving Whole Health program this Summer. I feel the difference in my life in a positive way every week. My counselor also noticed how much the program has helped me. I'm very grateful that AWFH has been with me through my cancer journey.
AWFH is mission driven and positively impacts the community. The network of women connected to AWFH have personally inspired and empowered me. The work that the organization achieves is valuable and builds women up. If you have the opportunity to volunteer with AWFH, it is a wholesome experience and great opportunity for personal growth.
I only recently started my position at AWFH, but even in my short time with the organization, AWFH has really given me the opportunity to connect with and make an impact in the Vietnamese community. I appreciate the great efforts that AWFH goes through to address the health disparities that affect the AAPI community.
I also thoroughly enjoy being able to meet and relate with a community of amazing Asian women through Achieving Whole Health. I've gained a deeper appreciation for who I am as an Asian American and am incredibly proud to continue my work with such a great non-profit.
I volunteered with Asian Women for Health through the Tisch Summer Fellows program. Volunteering at Asian Women for Health is an incredible opportunity and I thank Chien-Chi and the entire AWFH community for making this experience incredible. I really enjoyed each and every aspect of working with AWFH and I took away so much information about the AAPI community as a whole, as well as health disparities specifically within the AAPI women community. From helping out with marketing and social media, being a part of the planning committee for the 11th Asian American Mental Health Forum, to meeting the incredible ladies from the intergenerational Achieving Whole Health program, my volunteer experience with Asian Women for Health has been amazing and unforgettable. I truly appreciate how Asian Women for Health has created this wonderful community-based network to empower and support Asian women! I look forward to many more years volunteering with this organization!
As a donor, I know that every dollar raised will make it possible for more Asian women to connect, heal, and access the health resources they need to become stronger advocates for themselves and each other. I’ve seen firsthand how women have grown stronger in their knowledge and capacity for resilience and self-care through their connection with Asian Women For Health’s peer network, programs, and community resources. They learn to pay it forward by sharing their lived experiences as mentors, wellness coaches, and health advocates. And when women thrive, all those around them - families and communities - benefit as well.
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.
I'm honored to be able to volunteer in one of AWFH's conference. The organization does a magnificent work empowering women to be champions for their health. What Chien Chi and the other women do at this organization are truly inspiring.
Asian Women for Health is a model for both service and advocacy on behalf of the women whose health it directly addresses. Beyond that it is a model for all of us working with immigrant communities. The range of activities from outstanding annual mental health conferences and the annual State of Asian Women's Health gatherings to the cancer survivors fashion show have directly impacted the communities our organization works with and, just as importantly, have provided examples of process that we now incorporate in our outreach and workshops. As an example, a panel on the immigrant Asian mental health experience at an AWFH conference became the inspiration for a series of workshops that we have conducted, in collaboration with the Cambridge Health Alliance, for our school district's and Head Start's family language liaison and for medical interpreters. I can't thank AWFH and ED Chien-Chi Huang enough for both leadership and showing the way.
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
It’s truly an honor to be part of an organization that deeply cares about Asian women and their health issues. My mother’s diagnosis with breast cancer prompted me to seek opportunities in the field of women’s health and became a reason why I started my journey with Asian Women for Health. I really enjoy working with our Executive Director and other volunteers and participating in many of AWFH’s events, especially our annual CelebrASIANS Fashion Show. It was truly inspiring to see these trauma/cancer survivors walking on the runway gorgeously and showing people how strong they are. I’ve appreciated that AWFH’s dedication to connecting Asian Women in this community, amplifying their voices, and making a great impact.
Such a dedicated group of volunteers! I recently joined the Board because I am touched by the organization's mission. Since serving on the Board, I have been impressed by the organization's dedication to its cause, reflected in a large group of energetic, focused and compassionate volunteers who devote time and effort to support various activities. We are making an impact because of our wonderful volunteers and our devoted ED and her leadership. I am excited to be part of the journey, and I am certain that we will continue to make a bigger impact and serve more women in need.
This nonprofit has evolved from a passion driven home grown grassroots initiative to a non-profit that is making a difference in people's lives. It has been especially critical in helping to give voice to the wide diversity of Asian women, in the spirit of improving health outcomes and health equity through advocacy and education. Every year the impact and offerings of Asian Women for Health expand. Topics addressed include access to healthcare, mental health, recognition of the need for improved data collection, ways to make more voices heard and listened to through events and podcasts which are responsive to the needs of a community that for too long was not heard.
I was honored to attend the 2019 Benefit Fashion Show. It was a great success and I was particularly moved by the stories of the fashion models. They were so brave to fight for themselves on both mental and physical health aspects. Great job on organizing the event and I look forward to next year's fashion show!
The events (e.g. annual conference, fashion show) workshops, as well as the sharing from monthly newsletters and podcasts are inspiring and helpful in getting to know more about women’s health issues (especially breast cancer and mental health) and getting to know resources and the community.
As the owner of a company that treats a vexing health problem for women, urinary incontinence, I attended one of their conferences to learn how Asian women feel about incontinence. I learned that there is significant embarrassment associated with it, so much that older Asian women will not tell their friends and doctors about it. I also learned that young Asian women are not as embarrassed as their elders and will seek treatment. I attended a subsequent event to learn more about this, and found this nonprofit very helpful.
Extraordinary women who experienced a need in their own community and creatively, innovatively, and effectively advance healthy outcomes for Asian women and are always perfectly culturally sensitive and appropriate.
I met Chien-Chi Huang at a networking event. After a cup of coffee to learn more, my eyes were opened to many medical and mental issues that Asian women face that seemed so counter to what is believed of Asian women. I signed on as a volunteer to find how I could help the cause and volunteered to bring in items for the "CelebrAsians Benefit Fashion Show". The event was a success, well attended and I look to do more. AWFH is extremely necessary for the community to support women who may not be getting vital information, outreach and assistance they need and the encouragement to get care.
AWFH makes sure that Asian Women's health issues recieve attention by local health organizations and planners. They fill a crucial void in the health care system.
I manage the Cancer Support Programs at Boston Medical Center. For the past three years, we have hosted AWFH's annual fundraiser fashion show. Chien-Chi and her crew put on an amazing event. It provides a very meaningful experience for the models, who have all faced and overcome serious life challenges, and for the audience, who see and feel the strength of these women. The entire event--which includes information tables, good food, good music, a group photo area, and this year a captivating circus-type act by Sara Kunz--is energizing and encouraging.
I have been supporting Asian Women for Health over many years, and have seen it grow to become a true voice of the healthcare needs of Asian American women in the Boston area, and beyond. In addition to community service, this group has aligned with the rich academic centers of excellence for research. The research done is critical to provide data on needs, attitudes, barriers and priorities to advance health care not only among Asian Americans, but to the benefit of other diverse communities.
I've been working with AWFH for the last month and was quickly welcomed and integrated into the work that they've been doing. A diverse and excellent coalition of amazing people doing amazing work!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Incredible at distributing knowledge and identifying points in the medical system that have failed asian women or women of color
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I help coordinate the Health Champions program, where we work with 8 youth and adults in a housing community to educate them on various health topics so they can spread that knowledge to their families and friends. Asian Women for Health does such critical work in our communities, providing crucial, culturally competent education and advocacy. It is also so incredibly empowering to work alongside brilliant, passionate, and dedicated Asian women.
I am a participant in the Achieving Whole Health Program of AWFH. The program helped me understand the importance of whole health - Body, Mind, and Spirit, and the weekly team gathering provided me a strong sense of support. I realised the importance of self-care and that it is not selfish to think about yourself too. I am extremely glad that I got the opportunity to be a part of AWFH.
It has been a pleasure serving as both a volunteer and board member of Asian Women for Health. I have personally appreciated the diversity of AWFH's programs and events, from its annual conference connecting healthcare stakeholders around a different topic each year to its small group workshops where women support each other in achieving their personal health goals. The volunteer experience is also very rewarding, as volunteers can develop new skills and/or contribute their existing ones in growing the organization, all while learning from and connecting to others in their community.
Just know this amazing organization in a networking opportunity recently. I'm happy to be part of AWFH as a volunteer. People here are really nice. They are not only welling to share their thoughts and experience but also have great passion to improve the community. Although I'm still new to AWFH, I already feel the warmness and power to help and encourage women community.
AWFH operates at both the community level, to educate and empower Asian women in their communities to support better health outcomes, and at the state and national level to bring awareness and understanding of health disparities, issue and barriers to more effective mental and physical healthcare that Asian women face. AWFH has opened my eyes to the broader communities across minority populations and the similar issues we all face, and provided a support sisterhood of empowered women.
Asian Women for Health has taught me a lot from preventive care to team work. The organization offers a unique mission that helps asian women to be strong and take care themselves despite the traditional way. I love to be part of this organization and I hope it can continue to grow and help others. Asian women are among the least cared for group in the United States because we don't raise our voices due to cultural influence growing up That must be changed.
I have had an amazing experience as a volunteer and ambassador for TEAM: Together Empowering Asian Minds. It is a great community where I feel that my story is valued, and everyone I've met or spoken to through the organization has been wonderful and supportive. This organization is doing amazing work through raising awareness of mental health issues and creating a space for advocacy and support.
-Angela Y. Law
I found out out about this organization while I was at a healthcare conference in Boston. It stuck out because while they have a specific goal in promoting health for Asian women, they do a variety of events in order to try to spread awareness and support. Events range all over such as running and training educational support groups, hosting a fashion show for cancer survivors, and hosting annual large scale conferences. Involvement in this group is not limited to certain expertise and skill sets. Someone can be knowledgeable in the fundraising and nonprofit realm whereas another can approach to volunteer from a strong healthcare background (myself). Overall, this organization is currently growing and expanding in many directions and the involvement is limitless.
Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is a unique community based non-profit in the Greater Boston area, having created incredible impact and awareness around health, well-being and peer-support since its inception in 2012. As a founding Board Member and lifelong supporter of AWFH, I have had the profound honor of being directly involved in several advocacy, education and support initiatives, working alongside an extremely motivated and mission-driven Founder/ED, Chien Chi Huang, current/past Board members, patrons and volunteers.