Boston, MA – Asian Women for Health (AWFH) would like to thank Chien-Chi Huang for over a decade of dedicated service to advancing the health and wellness of Asian women and the larger AAPI community.
Today, Chien-Chi announced her intention to retire from her full-time role as Executive Director to focus on her health and her family. Starting in April Chien-Chi will move into a consulting role with the organization, continuing to support the mission and programs of the organization.
Over a Decade of Dedicated Service
A skilled and passionate community advocate, Chien-Chi has demonstrated a strong track record of developing innovative programs aimed at reducing health disparities experienced by the Asian Community.
Chien-Chi founded the Asian Breast Cancer Project in 2010. Her vision and leadership expanded the mission of the organization beyond cancer to become Asian Women for Health in 2012.
Chien-Chi has overseen the growth of Asian Women for Health, and the extension in the mission of the organization. Most recently AWFH launched a workforce development program that will engage underrepresented minorities and train and place them on the front line of addressing health inequities as Community Health Workers. This program is now one of the many offerings of the organization that range from regular health seminars, through the signature CelebrASIANS community event.
Since founding the organization, Chien-Chi’s contributions to Asian Women’s health have received recognition through numerous awards including: Cheryl Kramer Passion Award, KOMEN Massachusetts (2011); TrailBlazer Award, Fenway Health (2012); Janice McGrath Survivor of the Year Award, NECCS (2013); Honoree of the One Hundred, MGH Cancer Center (2014); Most Influential People of Color in Life Science & Healthcare, GK 50 Award (2017); The Community Hero Award, ABCD (2018); The Laurel of Community Service Award, Cancer Prevention Foundation (2019); The Change Agent Award, COLOR Magazine (2020); Bridge Award for Leadership in Cancer & Mental Health Equity, MGH Cancer Center (2021); Advancement Award, Boston Club (2022); Lemuel Shattuck Award, Massachusetts Public Health Association (2022); Community Service Award, Chinese Culture Connection (2022); and, Purpose Prize Award Fellow, AARP (2022).
“I look forward to turning over the leadership to interim Executive Director Eric Braun with fresh energy, eyes, and ideas,” said Chien-Chi. “With the support of the board, our staff, and dedicated volunteers, we continue to build the confidence, capacity, and connections among Asian women.”
“We all owe Chien-Chi a huge thank you for her contributions over the last 10+ years, and the legacy she leaves Asian Women’s Health.” Said Adam Thomas, Chair of the Board. “We look forward to seeing her continued contribution to the Asian Women’s Health in her new consulting role.”
Interim Executive Director
AWFH is also pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Braun as the new interim Executive Director for the organization. As the interim Executive Director, he will work closely with the board of directors to develop and implement strategies that advance the organization’s mission.
Mr. Braun brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role with over 25 years of experience in operations and management with a proven track record of success in startups and corporate innovation leadership. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a B.A. degree in German/English, followed by Masters studies in Computer Science. Additionally, he pursued further education in Europe where he obtained his certificate in French from the Université Paris-Sorbonne and studied additionally in Germany and Austria.
Commenting on his appointment, Eric Braun stated: "I’m excited to join AWFH and this amazing team working to improve health outcomes for underrepresented people, particularly Asian Women. Chien-Chi has made great strides in this area, and I’m so grateful for her passion and energy in this work. Diversity, Equity and inclusion is so important in our diverse, multicultural society. I look forward to helping the team move the needle forward and make an even greater impact in the areas of awareness, education and advocacy for better health outcomes for all.”
Asian Women for Health will be launching a search for a new Executive Director. To apply please send your resume to Adam Thomas, Chair at: firstname.lastname@example.org.