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Dr. Leana Wen — The Incoming President of Planned Parenthood

Washington, DC, Sept. 12, 2018, — For the first time in nearly 50 years, a doctor will lead Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Along with Planned Parenthood’s 12 million supporters, Dr. Wen will lead the fight to protect access to reproductive health care.

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Save Dr. Janet Hsu! A Guardian Angel for Children

Dear Committee members,

I am writing to share a sad news with you and ask your assistance to spread the message. Janet Hsu-Lin (許捷), an emergency pediatrician, who served as the camp doctor of NECYSC for several years in the past and continued to support our camp as a sponsor, was recently diagnosed with CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia). I’ve known Janet for more than ten years, and there is no doubt that she is one of the kindest and compassionate people that I’ve encountered. Besides NECYSC, she also volunteered to be the school doctor of Lexington Chinese School and had taken care of thousands of kids at Boston Children’s Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and more recently, at her own practice, KidsWell.

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Life in Alternative Medicine in the USA

By Hua Hai, alumnae of Xiangya Medical College

We graduated from a historically well-known medical school, where we made great efforts in studying modern medical sciences and clinical diagnostic/treatment skills. Naturally, once we made decision to practice medicine in the USA, every single one of our alumni would aim at the Western medicine path. And the record of our overseas alumni during the past 10 – 20 years has proven that our medical training at Xiangya is solid and well-done. The Xiangya’s education has nurtured so many outstanding clinicians in the US.

Picture from the Acupuncture Day event at Massachusetts State House in Oct. 2016 (bostonese.com file photo).
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Winners of Asian Health Photo Contest Revealed

By Ximming Li, bostonese.com

Quincy, Mass., Dec. 23, 2016, — The results of the Asian Health photo contest was announced at the annual meeting of Boston Chinese Photographers’ Association (BCPA) at Harvard Pilgrim Quincy office on Saturday, Dec. 17. Over 100 BCPA members and guests attended this annual meeting in spite of snowy weather.

Rose Hom presents award to Daryl Luk (provided by BCPA).
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Intramural Training Opportunity at National Institutes of Health

By Huichun Xu, MD, PhD

Introduction

As a doctor or biomedical researcher, you may already know the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest funding source for biomedical research in the world. NIH is a USA federal medical research agency, providing funding not only for thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in the USA but also for research institutions around the world. The goal of NIH is to make important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
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Dr. Huichun Xu (file photo).
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World Tea Organization Holds Lecture at MIT

Cambridge, MA, August 5, 2016, — World Tea Organization (WTeaO) Lecture on Tea, Nanomedicine and human health at MIT was given by: Dr. Qizhen Du (ZAFU Food Science Professor) & Dr. Xingcai Zhang (Tea & Nano-medicine researcher) earlier this week. The lecture covered the History of Tea for Human Health, Chemistry and Health Benefits of Tea, Tea and Cancer Prevention/ Drug Delivery System etc by Dr. Zhang and Improving the Bioavailability of EGCG by Nanotechnology etc by Dr. Du.
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Please help me save my husband Danny Wu!

Dearest friends:

Please help me save my husband Danny Ximing Wu!

Ximing Wu was recently diagnosed with end stage liver cancer and I would like to ask for your help. Aside from being a wonderful, loving father and husband, Ximing is a 35-year-old postdoc at the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Science Center.
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Danny Wu and his wife Lynn Lin at MGH(photos by Li Qiang).
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ACMA to Hold Community Health Education on May 21 in Lexington

By Xinming Li, bostonese.com

Lexington, Mass., May 20, 2016, — To provide opportunities and universal medical knowledge, doctors of the North American Chinese Medical Association (ACMA) of will hold Community Health Education event on May 21 starting from 1:30 PM at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington.
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Picture form 2014 ACMA Community Health Education at Cary Library (file photo).
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Dr. Xiu-Min Li Wins 2016 Future of Health Technology Award

Cambridge, Mass., May 16, 2016, — Dr. Xiu-Min Li of Mount Sinai Hospital was recently awarded 2016 Future of Health Technology Award for Innovative Research on Botanical Drugs for Allergies and Immune System Diseases. The award ceremony was held at MIT. Counselor Xing Jijun of Chinese Consulate in New York City attended the event and congratulated Dr. Li for winning the prestigious award.
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(L to R) Counselor Xing Jijun, Barbara Winston and Professor Xiu-Min Li at the award ceremony.
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Mayor Walsh, BPHC Release Health Impact Assessment Findings

Boston, May 4, 2016 — Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined health officials to announce the findings of the Boston Public Health Commission’s (BPHC) health impact assessment of Boston’s Living Wage Ordinance, highlighting opportunities to strengthen the Living Wage Ordinance by increasing the living wage and expanding the pool of workers protected by the ordinance.
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Senator Warren Visits South Cove Community Health Center

Quincy, Mass., — March 28, 2016, — US Senator Elizabeth Warren visited South Cove Community Health Center (SCCHC)’s Quincy clinic on Thursday, March 24. She was very impressed by the quality health case delivered at this facility with relatively low costs. Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, State Rep. Tackey Chan accompanied Senator Warren for the visit.
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Senator Warren talks to a pediatrician during the visit.
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Free Screening of Documentary Film Open Sesame on March 14

Boston, March 5, 2015, — On Monday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m., find out about one of the world’s most precious resources at a free screening of Open Sesame, the timely and emotionally moving 2014 documentary by award-winning filmmaker M. Sean Kaminsky that illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food.

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Boston Public Health Commission Announces $100,000 in grants to Community Health Centers

BOSTON – January 6, 2016 – The Boston Public Health Commission today announced $100,000 in grant awards to four Boston community health centers.  The funds will support health centers in implementing improvements to their systems and services that will enable them to better serve residents of Boston Housing Authority (BHA) developments.
“The people of Boston deserve the right to access affordable, quality healthcare,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  “The community health centers provide those vital services to Boston residents, and these funds will enable them to stay ahead of the curve and continue developing innovative solutions to today’s pressing health challenges. I look forward to seeing the results of their efforts in bringing positive change to the community.”
The four health centers, Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, the South End Community Health Center in the South End, Upham’s Corner Health Center in Dorchester, and Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center in Jamaica Plain, are anticipated to reach up to 27,000 public housing residents through the project.
“I am pleased to have another opportunity to support the innovative work that our city’s community health centers are doing to address the social factors that affect health,” said Huy Nguyen, MD, Interim Executive Director and Medical Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “If these strategies prove successful in improving outcomes around healthy eating and hunger, we will have a stronger argument to take them to scale.”
“These grants enable us to address some key factors that make our patients unhealthy,” said Tom Kieffer, Director of the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center. “Living in poverty and not having access to healthy foods are some of the top challenges that they face.”
Each of the four community health centers has a record of collaboration with BHA and BHA tenant organizations. Through this project, they will continue their partnerships by targeting 23 developments, including family and elderly/disabled developments, with innovative strategies to address healthy eating and food insecurity.  Each health center will choose among a set of strategies that could include:
  • Improving clinical systems to identify patients experiencing food insecurity.
  • Increasing access to healthy food through on-site community gardens, fresh food vendors, and other resources and referrals.
  • Incorporating culturally specific healthy eating education and demonstration with food resources.
  • Developing a video in which BHA residents share their strategies for healthy eating on limited budgets and with limited transportation options.
  • Promoting leadership development for BHA residents at the health centers, including having BHA residents on Community and Youth Advisory Boards.
“Our goal is to empower our residents to make healthy choices,” said Bill McGonagle BHA Administrator. “We applaud the work of BPHC and our REACH partners who promote health and wellness to all of our residents.”
Residents of Boston Housing Authority have prioritized access to healthy and affordable food as an area for action. Public housing residents in Boston are 3.5 times more likely to be affected by obesity and related health conditions than non-public housing residents.
“I’m excited to see that community health centers including mine are addressing food disparities among public housing residents and others” said Julieta Lopez, president of the Lenox Camden Tenant Association and Community Outreach Advocate for the South End Community Health Center.  “This effort will increase the availability of affordable, healthy groceries in neighborhoods such as the South End and Lower Roxbury and will engage health centers in helping patients to access these resources.”
About Boston REACH
Boston REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health): Partners in Health & Housingis a 3-year initiative (2014-2017) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve the health of Boston residents, especially Black and Latino residents, living in Boston Housing Authority (BHA) developments and BHA-Administered Rental Assisted/Section 8 Housing.  Through the Partnership in Health and Housing (PHH), comprised of the Boston Public Health Commission, the Boston Housing Authority, Boston University’s School of Public Health and the PHH Community Committee , Boston REACH: Partners in Health & Housing is working to:
  • Improve access to and consumption of healthy food and beverages.
  • Increase linkages between health care and community resources.
  • Enhance the quality of and access to smoke-free housing.
For more information, visit our website atwww.bphc.org/REACHPHH.
About the Boston Public Health Commission 
The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Boston.  Public service and access to quality health care are the cornerstones of our mission – to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The Commission’s more than 40 programs are grouped into six bureaus: Child, Adolescent & Family Health; Community Health Initiatives; Homeless Services; Infectious Disease; Addictions Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Support Services; and Emergency Medical Services.

SAPA Gains Global Influence in Pharmaceutical R&D

By Xinming Li, bostonese.com

Boston, Nov. 28, 2015, — Founded in 1993, the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA) grew rapidly and has become one of the most active and well-recognized Chinese-heritage enduring professional organizations in the United States. Over the past 22 years, SAPA has made significant impact in the field of pharmaceutical R&D, from the East Coast of the US to the other shore of the Pacific.
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Picture of SAPA-NE science symposium at MIT(bostonese.com file photo).
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