VietAID Announces 4th Annual Mỹ Gala

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NEWS RELEASE: West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquitoes Detected in Mattapan



Thursday, September 10, 2015


NEWS RELEASE: West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquitoes Detected in Mattapan

BOSTON – Thursday, September 10, 2015 – The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) today announced that a mosquito pool in Mattapan has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Earlier this summer, three mosquito pools in West Roxbury, Hyde Park and Roslindale tested positive for WNV. A Boston male resident in his forties was recently confirmed as a WNV case and has recovered. The resident likely acquired the infection in another area of Massachusetts.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus, but it poses very low risk to most people. The risk can be further reduced by using insect repellant when outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active and, when possible, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants. Residents should also mosquito-proof their homes by making sure that their window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.

To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, BPHC advises residents to limit places around the home where standing water can collect. People should turn over unused flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows and garbage cans; remove leaves and other debris that can clog gutters and trap water; dispose of or cover old tires; and cover swimming pools when not in use.

The City of Boston, in partnership with the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project, has placed larvicide in catch basins and wetlands, a process designed to reduce the mosquito population. Targeted, truck-mounted aerosol spraying is also performed to help control the mosquito population in certain areas of Boston.

If residents have any questions related to the spraying or any questions on mosquitoes, they may call the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730. For more information on sprayings, please visit

For more information on mosquito-borne illness, call the Boston Public Health Commission at 617-534-5611 or visit

VietAID Welcomes New Executive Director

HTP  picThe Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) is pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Hue Pham, as we enter our 21st year building on our accomplishments in affordable housing, youth empowerment, and family engagement. Ms. Pham was selected after a six-month national search and will join VietAID in early September 2015.

Ms. Pham comes with extensive non-profit and private sector management experience, most recently as the Executive Director of the Center for Academics and Sports at the University of St. Thomas College of Education in Minneapolis. She also has worked as a Community Outreach Representative with the Metropolitan Council, and as a Resource Development Consultant with the Vietnamese American Community Center in Minneapolis. Her experience also includes managing child welfare and adoption programs in Vietnam and Thailand.

Hue joins VietAID as we expand our afterschool and pre-school programs servicing low-income youth in the neighborhood, launching a Fields Corner community plan, and continuing to build affordable housing for the community – most recently, a $15 million 35-unit affordable development in Dorchester’s Four Corners neighborhood.

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development was founded in 1994 by community leaders and residents who believed that a community development corporation would provide comprehensive economic development programs and services to alleviate poverty and advance civic participation in the Fields Corner Vietnamese community of Dorchester. VietAID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner through the following measures: promoting civic engagement and community building; developing affordable housing and commercial space; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high quality child care and youth services. In 2002, VietAID opened the Vietnamese American Community Center, the nation’s first Vietnamese American center, at 42 Charles Street in Dorchester, to house its operations and offer space to the community for activities.

Of her appointment, Ms. Pham states, “It is an honor to be invited into a vibrant, active, and engaged community like the Fields Corner Vietnamese community of Dorchester, especially at the helm of an organization like VietAID. For 21 years, VietAID has collaboratively tackled some of the most complex issues of community life – especially the economy, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. In times of national and local transition, it is easy to lose sight of our strengths and focus on the pain we experience. So I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Board of Directors and the Staff of VietAID for their commitment to excellence and innovation. It is their dedication, wisdom, and support that makes VietAID the cornerstone of our community today. It is because of these foundational strengths that I can now invite our community to join us in envisioning, strategizing, and collaborating, as we prepare to meet the challenges of our collective future. I am privileged to be part of the team and looking forward to enhance its effectiveness and growth with the communities that we serve. Thank you for welcoming me to be part of your team.”

Kim Thai, co-chair of the VietAID Board of Directors, said, “The organization is most pleased that Hue has accepted the position and looks forward to working with her. Hue has demonstrated talent for leadership, mentorship, and forward thinking. She will bring the skills, talent, and energy to make VietAID a greater organization for the Vietnamese community and the Fields Corner neighborhood.”

VietAID will celebrate our past year’s accomplishments and welcome Hue on Saturday, October 17, 2015, 6-10 p.m., at our 4th annual Mỹ Gala celebration at the IBEW Hall, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester.