BIDMC award grants to grant to support Chinese service agencies
BOSTON –Karen Lee, Executive Assistant to the Vice Chair for Quality, Safety and Clinical Affairs, in the Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Jianghe Niu, a research assistant in BIDMC’s Liver Center have been named as 2013 Community Health Fellows.
Lee was selected for her volunteer work with the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) of New England. She helps with the Association’s Drum and Chinese Hammered Dulcimer program for children, which teaches the value of hard work, patience, teamwork, respect, gratitude and perseverance. Through performances at elderly housing complexes such as the South Cove Elderly Apartments and the South Cove Manor, participants also learn to give back to their community.
The award comes with a $1000 grant from BIDMC to the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England. The funding will support the purchase of approximately 10 “bian gu” drums so that the program may be expanded to include adults.
“I was really happy to receive this grant because we really need these drums,” says Lee. “Socially, people will have a place to come to be with each other and learn something that they all have a passion about. And the drum program invigorates the brain and improves hand eye coordination.”
Niu was named a Community Health Fellow in recognition of her volunteer work with the American Chinese Medical Exchange Society (ACMES), a Burlington-based program that promotes community health education and care delivery among Asian American healthcare providers and patients, as well as medical exchanges between the United States and China.
“I appreciate BIDMC and its leaders for trusting me and encouraging me to continue to do my best,” says Niu, who came to the United States in 2007 from Kunming, the capital city of the Yunnan province in southwest China. Niu has been an active volunteer at ACMES for approximately four years. She helps with recruitment and handles much of the communications for the organization. “I take photos and do a lot of writing. I also edit journals both in English and in Chinese.”
The grant awarded to ACMES on behalf of Niu will be used to support several local health education events for health care professionals and community members, including a free medical consultation and screening event at the Boston Dragon Festival, an annual Autism Conference at Harvard Medical School, Taiji /Qigong classes at senior centers and medical educational seminars in local Chinese schools.
BIDMC’s Community Health Fellows program was established in 2012 to support staff members in their personal volunteer efforts with not-for-organizations. The program aims to strengthen relationships with local agencies committed to improving health and wellness in the greater Boston area.
“We realized that many, many of our employees are doing amazing volunteer work, so getting behind them just made so much sense. It really feels like a natural extension of the community work the hospital does and an important part of our mission,” says Jane Matlaw, Director, Community Relations, who oversees the Community Health Fellows program at BIDMC.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide.
BIDMC has a network of community partners that includes Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Anna Jaques Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Lawrence General Hospital, Signature Health Care, Commonwealth Hematology-Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance, and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Senior Life and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.