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Updates from January 2021 Meeting: COVID Update and Vaccine FAQ

Meeting Highlights

The Chinatown Coalition
January  14 @ 9:30 AM

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our January meeting. We especially thank Helen Boucher, MD, Chief, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, from Tufts Medical Center for joining us and sharing with us the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and information surrounding the vaccine.

To view Dr. Boucher’s PowerPoint slides, please see here.

For more information on the vaccine, please see these two FAQs: EnglishChinese.

Thank you. Stay safe and healthy.

Support Research and Earn Stipend

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An announcement from our friends and partners of Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University:

Interested in Research Ethics and the Protection of Human Subjects Participating in Research?

Become a community representative for the Tufts Health Sciences IRB!

Review research & attend 1 meeting per month
on the 2nd Tuesday or 4th Thursday of each month from 3-6 p.m.
to discuss scientific and medical research at
Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University

Community reps will be paid $75 per meeting
Meetings occur remotely through Zoom

If you are interested, please e-mail with a copy of your resume or call 617-636-3310!

Tufts MC Offers COVID-19 Testing in Chinatown

Tufts MC moved its COVID-19 screening clinic across the street to the school after extensive talks with the City of Boston. The added space allows five times the number of people to be screened each day. Lab processing is performed at the Medical Center and results are available within 2 days. By moving its clinic to the new location, Tufts MC will be able to increase our capacity to treat emergency room patients which will help handle a surge of cases that is anticipated by the state this month.

Tufts Medical Center has partnered with the City of Boston and Boston Public Schools to do our part to broaden testing soon as possible. We believe this will benefit not only our city, but Chinatown residents will directly benefit as they will be able to be tested right here, in their neighborhood, whether they are traditionally a Tufts MC patient or not. The safety of everyone in our community was, and continues to be, top of mind as the site was developed, ensuring strict safety protocols, rigorous infection prevention and control procedures, and the same thorough daily cleaning measures taken at the Medical Center. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Hours of Operation:

The screening site is open:

Monday – Friday 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 7 am – 5 pm

Criteria for testing

You must have fever or signs and symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose) and meet the following criteria to be eligible to test for COVID-19:

  • A healthcare provider or EMT who has symptoms and has worked directly with patients.
  • Close contact to confirmed COVID-19 case in group settings.
  • History of domestic travel within last 14 days to CDC Level 3 location with known community transmission (e.g., King County WA; Westchester, NY; Solano, CA).
  • A history of international travel to CDC Level 3 country or location within 14 days of having symptoms.
  • At risk due to advanced age (>60 years old) or co-morbidity.
  • Part of a cluster of acute respiratory illness in group setting.
  • In close (household) contact of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

For more details and up to date information, please go here.

RFP from Tufts University; Deadline May 4

From our friends at Tufts University…


OPEN REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Tisch College Community Research Center, Tufts University

The Tisch College Community Research Center at Tufts (TCRC) is a collaborative of Tufts researchers and community representatives from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and Grafton/Worcester areas.

The TCRC 2020-21 seed grant opportunity for community-university research projects is open to Tufts faculty and their community partners, in any discipline or field. Awards averaging $12,000 are available for a one-year period (July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021). Applicant research teams must include at least one Tufts-based researcher with a faculty appointment and at least one representative from a community-based organization. Proposals are highly encouraged but not required to address urgent or overlooked issues identified by community groups and/or issues related to Tufts host communities (including Boston Chinatown). For information on TCRC, previously funded projects, and the application process, please see:

Proposal deadline: Monday, May 4, 2020, 5:00 PM EST.

Please reach out to Elaine Donnelly, Director of TCRC, with any questions or further information: elaine.donnelly[at]

Updates from April 2020 Meeting: Census and Relief Fund for Asian Americans

Meeting Highlights

The Chinatown Coalition
April 9 @ 9:30 AM

Glad to see over 30 people join our first online TCC meeting. We especially thank Mayor Walsh and Councilor Flynn for joining us, along with many other dedicated public officials.

Census 2020
Chinese Language Resources

To take the Census remotely, including getting Chinese language help with questions about filling out the form and confidentiality, please see these two flyers and distribute them as needed.

Taking the Census Remotely

Taking the Census Remotely (Chinese version)

For videos in various languages on taking the Census, see here.

Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund

If you or your family member have tried applying for other benefits but are ineligible, you might qualify for a gift card from the Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund.

To apply, please call our hotline during Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.

  • Cantonese: 617-681-5416
  • Mandarin: 617-902-0342
  • Khmer: 617-952-4556
  • Vietnamese: 617-701-6028

All lines also speak English.

If you would like to learn more or donate to Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund, go here.

Other Community Resources

During the meeting, various other groups offered to help. See contact list below:

Boston Dept of Neighborhood ServicesLisa Hy
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement
Office of Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn
Tufts UniversityLiza Perry, Community Relations

Sorry if you offered resources during the meeting but you’re not included here. We didn’t save all the chat history so had to reconstruct this list from memory. If you would like to have your info included on TCC’s website, let us know.


COVID-19 Testing in Chinatown

From our friends at Tufts Medical Center:

Please see the links below for English and Chinese language Criteria and Testing Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ_ for COVID-19 testing taking place at 885 Washington Street (Josiah Quincy Elementary School). 

COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Testing and Criteria

COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions 關於新冠肺炎(COVID-19)測試站點的常見問題

Testing and Criteria (Chinese Version) 塔夫茨醫療中心(Tufts Medical Center)的新冠肺炎(COVID-19)測試

Census 2020 Resources in Chinese

Our friends at Chinese Progressive Association have produced a flyer for their members to encourage them to call or go online to fill out the Census 2020 in either Chinese (Traditional) or Chinese (Simplified).

Census2020 Flyer

Asian Health Symposium

Sixth Annual Asian Health Symposium—Friday, April 3

Chinatown is experiencing development, economic pressure, and change. Learn how the community is navigating these challenges and fostering resilience to improve access to community health and well-being at the Sixth Annual Asian Health Symposium Navigating Change: Building Community Resilience Through Community-Prioritized Research on Friday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tufts Center for Medical Education145 Harrison 114. Space is limited so register today!