Asian Women for Health April Newsletter

We are a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support.
April 2018
Behind the “Picture-Perfect”

As we are venturing into spring, we should not only spend more time with nature, but also with ourselves. Read Hiro’s reflection on how she took time to find herself amidst the “roller coaster of emotions and internal drama” in her life the past few months.

Hiro Nishimura is a TechOps Engineer in NYC, an M.Ed. in Special Education, a Web Designer, a Disability Advocate, and a blogger. Through her personal blog, Twisted Paths, she shares her experience of growing up as a First Generation Asian American and some specific topics, including Disability, Personal Finance, Women in Tech, and Self Care.

 American Heart Association Awarded AWFH Healthy for Life Grant
to deliver 4 workshops
For Chinese residents to increase their knowledge about heart health and promote healthy lifestyle

1) Tuesday, April 17, 9:30 AM @ South Cove Manor (288 Washington Street, Quincy)

2) Tuesday, April 26, 11:00 AM @ Cooperative of Charles-Newtown (89 Medford Street, Charlestown)

3) Tuesday, May 1, 10:00 AM @ JFK Family Center (55 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown)

4) Friday, May 25, 1:00 PM @ RTH Community Center, Room 117

Call Ms. Huang at (617)767-1071 to register

What: The 6th State of Asian Women’s Health in MA conference

Where: New England Carpenters Training Center (750 Dorchester Ave., Boston, MA 02125)

When: Thursday, May 10, 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Click here to learn more and register!
Click here to register as a speaker / sponsor / partner

Save the Date

Click here to register

Apply Now to the 2018 Health Disparities Research Institute!


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from July 23-27, 2018. The HDRI aims to support the research career development of promising minority health and health disparities research scientists early in their careers, stimulating research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science.

The program will feature lectures, mock grant review, seminars, small group discussions on research relevant to minority health and health disparities. It will also include sessions with NIH scientific staff engaged in related health disparities research.

Target audience: early stage research investigators. Applications will only be accepted from post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors, or individuals in similar early stage research career positions who are engaged in minority health and health disparities research

How to apply: online application open at the NIMHD website. Due April 27, 5:00 PM EST.

Sign up for listserv to get updates on the application process!

2018 Community-Led Research Review Conference: Co-Learning & Connecting around the Table

What: Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is working to build a Community of Practice and expand our work in Community Review Processes. This FREE, 1-day conference is for community members with an emerging or existing community research review process (CRP).

Where: Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

When: April 21, 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Click here to learn more and register!

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“Structural Inequalities: An On the Ground View” – A Two-Day Spring Intensive

What: Training designed to provide people with a historic understanding and skills needed to work in partnerships to address structural inequality

During the two day intensive, participants will 1) Explore the roots of structural inequality, and 2) Discuss real life examples of how to address structural inequalities using both tools of the Community-Based Participatory Research /Approach (CBPR/A) and Community Action Strategies.

Where: The Rizzo Center, Chapel Hill, NC

When: May 3, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM | May 4, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Click here to learn more and register!

Events & Announcements

What: Leveraging Social Media in Your Work

Where: online training

When: Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Click here to learn more and sign up!

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What: You can do it! Crafting a Major Individual Donor Plan

Where: 33 Arch Street, 26th FL, Boston

When: Wednesday, April 25, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Click here for more information and click here to sign up!

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What: Federal Tax Reform: Where Do We Go From Here? Understanding the New Federal Tax Law & It’s Implications for Your Organization & Donors

Where: 33 Arch Street, 26th FL, Boston

When: Thursday, April 26, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Click here for more information and click here to sign up!

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What: Power and Privilege in Health Equity

Where: 2 Boylston St, Boston, MA

When: Saturday, April 28, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Click here to learn more and sign up!

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What: Racial Equity

Where: 2 Boylston St, Boston, MA

When: Saturday, April 28, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Click here to learn more and sign up!

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What: Building Your Best Organizational Budget
By Jude Goldman, Executive Director at The Lenny Zakim Fund

Where: 33 Arch Street, 26th FL, Boston

When: Wednesday, May 2, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Click here to sign up!

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What: Beginning Yoga with Hands to Heart Center Yoga
by Susan Lovett, founder and director of Hands to Heart Center, a nonprofit that shares the healing practice of yoga with people affected by addiction, poverty and trauma in Greater Boston.

Where: 33 Arch Street, 26th FL, Boston

When: Tuesday, May 15, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Click here to sign up! Contact Susan at [email protected] with any questions about the class or for more information on Hands to Heart Center.


What: Investing In Girls 2018 Statewide Conference

Where: 35 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor, Boston

When: Friday, May 11, 2018, 9 AM – 3 PM

Click here for more information!

Certificate Programs at Institute for Nonprofit Practice

Institute for Nonprofit Practice

Applications are open for INP’s award-winning certificate programs in Boston, Lowell, Providence, and Hyannis! In partnership with the Tisch College at Tufts University, INP offers certificate programs for nonprofit and public sector executives, managers, and emerging leaders. Become a part of an expansive, diverse, multi-city network of talented social impact professionals!

Taught by exemplary and accomplished practicing executives, the Core Certificate Program provides leaders with the comprehensive tools, networks, and strategies they need to ensure organizational excellence and drive social change. Apply early as spots are limited! Round 1 deadline is June 1 and Round 2 is July 1 with rolling admissions following.

INP also offers the Community Fellows Program, a highly competitive, fully-funded fellowship for emerging leaders committed to building their personal and organizational leadership skills and learning more about the systemic context of social change work. The application deadline for this program is May 15.

50+ funders who meet face to face with INP students to learn more about their orgs. The certificate for emerging professionals is a fully funded fellowship. If you are a social worker, the certificate programs also offer 88 CEU credits.

A 2017 Social Innovation Forum Innovator, INP was also recently highlighted in the Boston Globe and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Join our community and see why! Learn more at INP website; join us for an upcoming info session, or reach out to Nate Bae kupel, [email protected] for more information.

AWFH Survey Results:
Asian Women and Girls’ Health / Wellness Concerns
We appreciate your efforts in taking the survey to help us better understand the needs and concerns of Asian girls and women. We had a total of 119 responses from Asian girl/women age 18 and over with 33% from 25-35 age group, followed by 29% between age 36-50. Some highlights of the survey include:
  • The primary health concern for Asian women and girls is mental health (43%), followed by women’s health (22%).
  • The number one barrier from staying healthy is lack of time (41%), follow by lack of motivation (36%).
  • 56% are interested in participating in online wellness program, the top reasons including peer support, and reduced time/space restrictions.
  • Almost 85% would like to participate in a wellness program designed specifically for Asian women.
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