Given guidance and recent reports related to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the 6th Annual Asian Health Symposium has been postponed.

We will reschedule the symposium for later this year. As soon as new details are available, we will share them here.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


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Navigating Change: Building Community Resilience through Community-Prioritized Research

Boston’s Chinatown is experiencing tremendous development, economic pressure, and change. Interested in learning how the community is navigating these challenges and fostering resilience to improve access to community health and well-being through community-prioritized research?

Join Tufts CTSI and the Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational Research initiative (ADAPT) for the 6th Annual Asian Health Symposium, Navigating Change: Building Community Resilience through Community-Prioritized Research on Friday, April 3, 9:00AM-1:30PM at the Tufts Center for Medical Education (145 Harrison Avenue, Room 114, Boston).

Symposium attendees will:

  • Gain an understanding of how current real estate and economic development trends impact the health and well-being of the Boston Chinatown community
  • Learn about community-prioritized research projects that help foster community resilience
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and advocacy.

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We will share new details as soon as they are available.


Registration will be re-opened when the Symposium is rescheduled.


  • 8:30AM: Registration and breakfast
  • 9:00AM: Welcome remarks
    • Alice Rushforth, Tufts CTSI Executive Director
  • 9:10AM: Opening remarks
    • Carolyn Rubin, ADAPT Director, Tufts CTSI
    • Dawn Sauma, ADAPT Co-Chair, Co-Executive Director, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK)
    • Ed Flynn, District 2 City Councilor, Boston City Council
  • 9:30AM: Student Reflections on a Changing and Evolving Boston Chinatown
    • Katie Lei, Asian Health Equity Fellow, MS/MPH Candidate, Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM)
    • Jessika Brenin, MA/MS Candidate, Tufts University
  • 9:50AM: Finding Belonging Amidst Neighborhood Development: A Case for the Arts in Boston Chinatown
    • Peter Levine, Academic Dean and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
    • Cynthia Woo, Director, Pao Arts Center, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)
    • Discussant: Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts and Culture, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, City of Boston
  • 10:35AM: Break
  • 10:45AM: Housing and Health: Exploring the Well-being of Residents in a Subsidized Boston Chinatown Housing Complex
    • Virginia Chomitz, Associate Professor, Public Health and Community Medicine, TUSM
    • Angie Liou, Executive Director, Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC)
    • Discussant: Elana Brochin, Program Director for Health Equity, Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC)
  • 11:30AM: Talking About Casino Gambling: Community Voices from Boston Chinatown
    • Carolyn Wong, Research Associate, Institute for Asian American Studies, UMass Boston
    • Yoyo Yau, Director of Programs, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)
    • Discussant: Victor Ortiz, Director, Office of Problem Gambling Services, Department of Public Health (DPH)
  • 12:15PM: Closing remarks
    • Carolyn Rubin, ADAPT Director, Tufts CTSI
  • 12:30PM: Lunch and table discussions



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.