Monthly Archive for June, 2011

T.A.G. – Teens About Gambling

T.A.G., Teens About Gambling, is an organization started by the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling and the North Brookfield Youth Center with the intent of informing teens about the risks and consequences of gambling.  It is believed that if teens know the risks and consequences of gambling they will be more likely to make smarter decisions involving gambling in the future.  The T.A.G. group is directed by Jim Wuelfing, Prevention Director with the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, and Marty Toomey, the Executive Director of the North Brookfield Youth Center. One of our first tasks was to create vision and mission statements.

Our Vision Statement is: We envision a Massachusetts where all teens are empowered to make responsible gambling decisions thus reducing the negative consequences to themselves, their family, and their community.

Our Mission Statement is: We seek to accomplish our vision by raising awareness about problem gambling, providing information and skill development that supports responsible decision making, providing resources and information, and empowering other teen groups to do the same.

One of our main methods of informing teens about the risks and consequences of gambling is by creating videos.  We also present at conferences.  Another way we will accomplish our goal is by encouraging the formation of other T.A.G. groups, which will have a similar purpose.We have many hopes for the future of T.A.G.  Our main hope for the future is that more T.A.G. groups will be formed throughout the United States with the same goal as ours.  This would mean that more teens would be informed about the risks and consequences of gambling.

For more information visit or click here to read their E-News.

Chinatown Main Street Festival

Chinatown Main Street Festival
When: Saturday, June 26, 2011
Where: Chinatown (Beach St., Tyler St., Hudson St., Harrison  Ave.)
Time: TBD (usually between 11am – 4pm)

Join for family friendly cultural festival with martial arts, performances, Asian folk dancing, fashion show, vendors, and restaurants. Event is open the the public. Event is organized by Chinatown Main Street, for more information visit

Community Conversation with Dr. Chau Trinh-Shevrin, Director and Founder of NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health

Tuesday, June 28
9:30am – 11:30am
Sackler Building 114
145 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Dr. Chau Trinh-Shevrin, a consultant from NYU, will be here on Tuesday, June 28th, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Please join us for lunch and conversation (12:00-2:00 PM) with some of our community partners. The meeting will take place at 145 Harrison Avenue, Sackler 114W.  We ask that those who plan to attend to RSVP to

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH is the Director and one of the original founders of the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health.  Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is also the Director of the NYU-Health and Hospitals Corporation Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Office of Community Engagement, a co-PI of the NYU Health Promotion and Prevention Research Center, and Assistant Professor of Research at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is a co-investigator on several NIH, city-funded, and foundation grants that aims to understand and reduce health disparities in Asian American and other underserved communities. Currently, she develops community-based participatory research and research training initiatives focusing on Asian American and other underserved communities, mentors junior faculty and medical students and residents on community-based research, and provides research support in data analysis and evaluation. She also chairs the Patient Care and Community Outreach Group on the Dean’s Council for Institutional Diversity at the NYU School of Medicine and previously served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Association of New York City. Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is a social epidemiologist with a Doctorate in Public Health from Columbia University and a Masters in Health Policy and Management at the State University of New York at Albany.  Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is co-editor of two textbooks Asian American Communities and Health (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2009) and Empowerment and Recovery: Confronting Addiction during Pregnancy with Peer Counseling (Praeger Press, 1998).  For more information on Dr. Trinh-Shevrin and her work:

  1. NYU Center Dedicated to Asian-American Health Disparities, by Lydia Lum , November 15, 2010,
  2. NYU Langone Medical Center Health Experts Release Groundbreaking Book on Asian American Health,


Emily H. Dawson
Research Assistant
Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111