Community Service, Education and Conference


Recent Community Education

Seeking CUNY-Network undergraduate student leaders to create change and awareness about campus sexual assault. 

The New York Asian Women’s Center in partnership with the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will be conducting a training to build awareness of and change attitudes and responses to sexual assault among students in New York City college campuses. The training is intended to develop support and outreach skills for student leaders to engage with peers on campus and create conversation and build support and awareness on this critical issue. If interested, please fill out and email the attached information as indicated on this ENROLLMENT FORM.

2000 – 2012

  • 2000: With the support of the NYU Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work and the Asian Pacific American Studies Institute of NYU, the Coalition sponsored a two-day educational symposium on “Effective Clinical Practice with Asians and Asian Americans” at the NYU School of Medicine.
  • 2001: The Coalition cosponsored a program on Stress Management at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association Auditorium in Manhattan’s Chinatown
  • 2001: The Coalition cosponsored a conference on “Barriers and Opportunities: Expanding Culturally Competent Mental Health Services for Asian Americans” with South Beach Psychiatric Center and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center at the Covenant House.
  • 2001: Members of the Coalition translated educational materials regarding stress and PTSD into Chinese and Korean for distribution in Asian Communities in the aftermath of the September 11th attack. Members also volunteered to provide counseling services at help centers throughout the city.
  • 2001: Representing the Coalition, Kin Wah Lee presented a workshop on culturally competent mental health services at the NAMI-NYS Annual Conference in Tarrytown, NY
  • 2002: The Coalition sponsored an educational workshop for mental health professionals on “Bipolar Disorder and Psychiatric Issues in Treating Asian Patients” in Chinatown.
  • 2002: The Coalition co-sponsored a Community Health Forum with the City Hall Senior Center.
  • 2002: The Coalition held a “Therapy for Therapists” Day to support mental health professionals in the Asian community.
  • 2002: The Coalition co-sponsored the Mayoral Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease at the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel.
  • 2003: The Coalition and the Student Alliance for Multicultural and Mental Health Issues (SAMMI) sponsored an all-day conference entitled “Beyond Cultural Competence: Challenges and Opportunities for Asian American Mental Health” at the Fordham University Law School.
  • 2004: With the support of Hamilton Madison House and New York University School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry, the Coalition held its first national conference, “Overcoming Stigma in Asian American Health” with 300 attendees.
  • 2005: The Coalition held another national conference entitled “Break the Silence: Assessment and Prevention of suicide Among Asian Americans” to address the alarming high suicide rate and the lack of suicide prevention initiatives in the Asian American community. Conference was co-sponsored by the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA).
  • 2006: The Commissioner of the NYS Office of Mental Health, Sharon E. Carpinello, unveiled a Chinese language edition of New York’s suicide prevention, education and awareness campaign (SPEAK) at a ceremony and press conference hosted by the Coalition at Hamilton Madison House.
  • 2007: The Coalition, Hamilton Madison House, NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health, St. Vincent’s Hospital Behavioral Health Services and NYS Psychological Association: Division of Culture, Race & Ethnicity co-sponsored a conference on “Assessment & Treatment of Compulsive Gambling Among Asian Americans” at the NYU School of Medicine.
  • 2007: The Coalition produced a film entitled “Shame and Silence” funded in part by educational grants from Janseen Pharmaceuticals and Eli Company. This video was offered to the mental health community as a training aid and discussion tool to examine the correlation between social stigmas and mental illness. The video consists of five vignettes focusing on different Asian ethnic groups including Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Vietnamese and Korean.
  • 2007: The Coalition received funding from the Chinese American Planning Council to develop and conduct mental health screening and wellness groups for Chinese elders as well as a culturally competent mental health training program for front line workers.
  • 2009: The Coalition received funding from the New York Office of Mental Health to conduct suicide prevention and awareness workshops in the Chinese, Japanese and Korean communities.
  • 2009: In partnership with Hamilton Madison House, the Coalition received funding from the New York Office of Mental Health to design and implement a statewide suicide awareness and education campaign targeting Asian elderly women. Initiatives included a video production, media campaign, outreach to primary care physicians, training for providers and educational workshops in various Asian communities.
  • 2010: The Coalition co-sponsored a conference on “Cultural Aspects of Grief: Coping with Bereavement and Loss among Asian Americans” with the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health at the NYU School of Medicine.
  • 2010: The Coalition and the offices of Councilman Peter Koo and Assemblywoman Grace Meng co-sponsored a mental health education workshop in Flushing, Queens. Members of the Coalition participated in the presentation and provided private consultation in various Chinese dialects. Educational materials on mental health were developed in Chinese and Korean by Coalition members for distribution in the Flushing community.
  • 2011 -2012: The Coalition collaborated with community agencies in offering a series of workshops on depression, anxiety and suicide prevention for Chinese elders in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Dr. Pamela Yew Schwartz and other Coalition members designed and conducted the workshops and facilitated follow-up group discussions.
  • 2011: The Coalition co-sponsored a mental health career event for Asian undergraduate students with Fordham University School of Social Services.
  • 2012: Dr. Yen Chong represented the Coalition at a radio show on WBAI’s Asian Forum: “After another shooting, examining Asian American Mental Health”.
  • 2012: Dr. Yen Chong presented a workshop on “Utilization of mental health services in the Chinese immigrant community” at the Biennial Scientific Conference of the Federation of Chinese American and Chinese Canadian Medical Societies. Several Coalition members staffed an information and referral table on mental health services in the New York metropolitan area.
  • 2012: Dr. Yen Chong represented the Coalition to speak as a panelist at the annual meeting for Asian American medical students from the Northeast/Atlantic region regarding a career in psychiatry.

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