Asian Women for Health

Asian Women for Health

Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is an expansion of the Asian Breast Cancer (ABC) Project , a peer-led program established in 2010 by survivor Chien-Chi Huang, to address the breast health disparities of Asian women in the Greater Boston area. We are a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian

Asian Women for Health

Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is an expansion of the Asian Breast Cancer (ABC) Project , a peer-led program established in 2010 by survivor Chien-Chi Huang, to address the breast health disparities of Asian women in the Greater Boston area. We are a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy and support. Our core constituencies includes pan-Asian cancer survivors, immigrants, Asian-serving agencies, health care providers and researchers. We envision a world where Asian women can access the optimal care and support that everyone deserves. Our motto is: " Educate. Advocate. Reciprocate ."

About the Organization:

Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is an expansion of the Asian Breast Cancer (ABC) Project , a peer-led program established in 2010 by survivor Chien-Chi Huang, to address the breast health disparities of Asian women in the Greater Boston area. We are a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy and support. Our core constituencies includes pan-Asian cancer survivors, immigrants, Asian-serving agencies, health care providers and researchers. We envision a world where Asian women can access the optimal care and support that everyone deserves. Our motto is: " Educate. Advocate. Reciprocate ."

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

The Issue:

Asian-Americans have a shared history of suffering from persistent discrimination and racism. Asian women are further burdened by gender discrimination due to the oppression and expectations within their cultures of origin, (some of which consider females inferior to males, limiting their voice and decision-making authority, and teaching that suffering in silence is a virtue). According to the 2021 Stop AAPI Hate National Report , there are nearly 4,000 hate incidents since the pandemic began, a 149% rise over 2020. COVID-19 and resulting surge of anti-Asian incidents have created an atmosphere of anxiety, fear, and loss. This has negatively impacted Asian women’s mental and physical health in significant ways, including higher depression rates and lower utilization of preventive care. These factors prevent Asian women from seeking timely screenings and support. “ I feel afraid, ashamed and alone. ” Many echo this sentiment at our monthly virtual meetings as they express their fears and frustration.

The Solution:

To fight these troubling trends, we launched an Anti-Racism campaign , creating a #RacismIsAVirus PSA with a downloadable facilitator discussion guide and curated anti-racism resources on our website. We continue to post these resources via social media and our monthly e-newsletter, as well as convening cross-sectoral community forums. Our Achieving Whole Health program provides culturally responsive care and support, addresses stigma, cultural barriers, and inaccurate health beliefs while empowering Asian women to speak up about racial inequities within their own communities. Participants are encouraged to receive further training to serve as peer facilitators and form their own cohorts. We are also collaborating with This Is My Brave, a national community theater group to produce a virtual show this Fall. The video will showcase authentic recovery stories in different art forms from the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community and bring hope and healing for all.

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