Conferences & Symposia
5th Annual Asian Health Symposium

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Using Research to Improve Community Health

Interested in hearing the results of research conducted in Boston’s Chinatown/Asian communities? Wondering what’s next?

Join Tufts CTSI and  the Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational Research (ADAPT) Program for the 5th Annual Asian Health Symposium, Moving Forward, Looking Back: Using Research to Improve Community Health. This half-day event will inform participants about research taking place in and around Chinatown. See how academic/community collaborations fueled research and the findings that resulted from that work. Attendees will hear presentations on recent and ongoing studies focused on overlooked health issues or understudied areas, discuss potential next steps, and brainstorm how to further increase community engagement in research.

Researchers and community members are encouraged to attend this exciting event.

After attending this event, participants should be able to:

  • Identify several exciting research projects completed in Boston Chinatown/Asian Communities in the past five years.
  • Describe the key findings/takeaways from these research projects.
  • Recognize the value of increased community engagement and collaboration with research in your community.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 9:30AM-1:30PM
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Rachel’s Auditorium, Room 1414 (14th Floor)
1 Kneeland Street, Boston MA


Researchers and community members are encouraged to attend.

Space is limited! Please register here by April 15.


  • 9:00AM: Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:30AM: Welcome Remarks
  • 9:40AM: Opening Remarks
    • Carolyn Rubin, ADAPT Director
    • Dawn Sauma, ADAPT Co-Chair; Co-Executive Director, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK)
    • Ed Flynn, District 2 City Councilor, Boston City Council
  • 10:00AM: Panel 1, Community-Engaged Research Studies in Boston Chinatown/Asian Communities
    • Moderator: Susan Koch-Weser, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM)
    • Panelists:
      • Cindy Liu, Director of the Developmental Risk and Cultural Disparities Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Uncovering the Stress and Mental Health Experiences in Boston Chinese Immigrant Families: The Role of Research in Program Development.
      • Christina Sakai, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine. Pathways to Autism Diagnosis and Management in a Chinese Immigrant Community.
      • Yoyo Yau, Director of Programs, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
      • Amy LeClair, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center. The Health of Asians and Chronic Disease Study.
      • Catherine Chang, Quality Assurance Director, Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center (GBCGAC)
      • Carina Katigbak, Assistant Professor, Connell School of Nursing, Boston College. Walking Together: A Multi-Component Intervention to Increase Physical Activity of Ethnic Minority Older Adults.
  • 11:15AM: Break
  • 11:30AM: Panel 2, Studies Conducted by Emerging Scholars: Building the Pipeline of Health Equity Researchers
    • Moderator: Virginia Chomitz, Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, TUSM
    • Panelists:
      • Mehreen Ismail, PhD Candidate in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. Food Access and Food Security Experiences of Affordable Housing Residents in Boston’s Chinatown.
      • Taylor Ahlborn, MS Candidate in Biomedical Sciences, TUSM. Facilitators and Barriers in the Service Network for Victims of Violence in the Asian-American Community in Massachusetts. 
      • Jean Jiyoung Lim, PhD Candidate, TUSM. Health Communication in Boston’s Chinatown.
  • 12:15PM: Next Steps and Closing Remarks
    • Carolyn Rubin, ADAPT Director
  • 12:30PM: Lunch and Networking

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This event is provided free of charge, and was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of health, Award Number UL1TR002544. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Seminars & Workshops
Advancing Good Patient Recruitment Practice in Clinical Trials, featuring Industry Experts from BBK Worldwide

We know you know.

Study after study shows that recruiting and retaining study participants is one of the weakest links in clinical research.

Energize yourself with this interactive 60-minute seminar and learn how to adopt a patient-centric mindset for clinical research. Understanding the principles and standards that guide the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of patients in clinical trials is critical to success. As long as research teams focus on what specific tactics will break through the wall of difficult recruitment, this problem will persist. For 95% of studies, solving this enrollment problem is well within reach once we focus on the why instead of the what.

Join our guest presenters from BBK Worldwide, Bonnie A. Brescia, Founding Principal and Corporate Development Officer, and Aaron Fleishman, Director of Market Development, for the first of three sessions that focus on how patient experience drives successful patient recruitment, engagement, and retention.

Participation in every session in the series is not necessary; attendees will gain insights and techniques to advance their thinking, build skills, and improve performance in patient recruitment in each session. Subsequent events will drill down into the key concepts presented in this initial event.

For 35 years BBK Worldwide, The Patient Experience Company, has been at the forefront of the patient recruitment industry. Backed by efficacy data and market research, BBK is redefining what it means to be patient-centric within the clinical research industry by educating consumers, engaging participants, and unburdening sites. To learn more about BBK Worldwide visit

Learning Objectives

After attending this event, participants should be able to do the following on their own:

  • Apply six key principles of patient recruitment to any clinical study
  • Analyze a protocol from a recruitment perspective
  • Consider metrics and mechanisms for reporting on recruitment, engagement, and retention
  • Assess recruitment plans as “living documents”


Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 3:00-4:00PM
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Room 114, 145 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA

During this 60-minute session, BBK will combine a formal presentation with group exercises, and Q&A time. Upon registration, participants will receive a mock protocol synopsis for a quick review prior to the session. This protocol will be used during the exercise portion of the session.


This seminar is ideal for professionals involved in all aspects of clinical research (whether academic-, industry-, or government-sponsored) and regardless of therapeutic area, large or small molecules, devices or diagnostics, rare or common conditions.

Tufts CTSI and Tufts network partner organizations:

  • Program management and research teams
  • Principal investigators
  • Study coordinators
  • Medicine and life sciences students
  • IRB administrators

Intermediate Level: appropriate for individuals who already have a basic understanding of why and how clinical trials are conducted.

To reserve your space, please register here.


Tufts CTSI Professional Education & Expectation for Course Participants

Tufts CTSI’s Professional Education programs provide non-degree continuing education and training for clinical and translational research professionals from all Tufts CTSI partners and beyond.

Course enrollment priority is given to researchers from Tufts CTSI partner institutions. If your participation needs to be approved by your supervisor or a person responsible for your time release, you may provide their contact information when you register for the program.

This course is provided free of charge, and was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of health, Award Number UL1TR002544. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.