We are delighted to speak with Chien-Chi Huang, Founder of the Asian Breast Cancer Project and Executive Director of Asian Women For Health…a trailblazer, a champion for communities of color, and a passionate patient advocate. Her work around gambling addiction, mental health and breast cancer impact the lives of countless Asian families throughout the Commonwealth.
She shares her family’s experience with colorectal cancer and her own personal journey as a breast cancer survivor.
BIO: Chien-Chi Huang is the Founder of the Asian Breast Cancer Project and is presently the Executive Director of Asian Women for Health. Previously, she was the Asian Community Program Manager at the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling.
She has spearheaded several new health initiatives addressing the unique issues and challenges facing the Asian American community, including: the Asian American Problem Gambling Outreach efforts, Asian American Women’s Mental Health Symposium (now AAPI Mental Health Forum), and the Immigrants and Refugees Mental Health Network. A deft community organizer and trainer, Chien-Chi has provided capacity building, technical guidance and network enhancement to community-based organizations and providers serving Asian Americans in the Commonwealth.
Chien-Chi is the recipient for the Cheryl Kramer Passion Award in 2011, the Trail Blazer award in 2012, the Janice McGrath Survivor of the Year Award in 2013, the honoree of the one hundred by Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in 2014, GK 50, the most influential people of color in Life Science and Healthcare in 2017, as well as the Community Hero Award by ABCD in 2018.
Under her leadership, Asian Women for Health is among one of the 6 recipients for the Peter Lee Healthy Communities Awards in 2013, with 12 nominations from partners and allies at the state-wide Ounce of Prevention Conference.
Chien-Chi is a breast cancer survivor and proud patient advocate. She came as an international student from Taiwan in 1989 and now resides in Somerville with her husband and two children.