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Organizations and Resources Promoting South Asian Mental Health

Organizations  Bengali Mental Health Movement Provides culturally-specific and linguistically-accessible resources to bridge the gap between the Bengali community and mental health services. They are dedicated to cultivating a network of mental health professionals who can better meet the needs of the Bengali community. CHAI Counselors (Maryland) (now part of Pro Bono Counseling)  Dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of South Asian communities in Maryland and helping to reduce the…Keep Reading

Highlighting South Asian Mental Health for Mental Health Awareness Month

COVID-19 has impacted our lives in an unprecedented manner. Ranging from unexpected pathology to nation-wide quarantine measures, this pandemic has radically shifted our conversation on public health. Undeniably, mental health plays a fundamental role in these conversations. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we discuss specific points about mental health in the South Asian community and highlight the urgent need for more research. …Keep Reading

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Celebrates New Member, The South Asian Public Health Association

Originally posted on The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). Washington, D.C.— Following a vote by the general membership, NCAPA is pleased to welcome the newest member of the coalition, the South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA). SAPHA was established in 1999 to address public health issues impacting South Asians in the United States. They work through interactions among South Asian health professionals and shared resources, focusing on research, education,…Keep Reading

SAPHA, Along With 50+ Organizations, Releases Joint Statement Outlining Public Health Gaps in COVID-19 Response

The South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA) would like to thank the 50+ organizations that signed onto our joint statement on the impact of the pandemic response on our Asian American and South Asian American communities. It has been powerful to have Asian American and South Asian American organizations across the nation come together to share this important message. We hope this statement continues to elevate the public health needs of our communities…Keep Reading

Collecting Signatures! Joint Statement Outlining Public Health Gaps in COVID-19 Response

Dear colleagues, Last week, SAPHA released a statement to highlight public health gaps in the federal response to the pandemic that have particularly impacted Asian American and South Asian American communities. Following feedback from the community, we are sharing a sign-on statement for organizations to express solidarity against the inadequate public health response concerning the health and well-being of our Asian American and South Asian American communities. Please feel free to circulate…Keep Reading

SAPHA’s Statement on the US Government’s Response to COVID-19

The world has been confronting a global pandemic that is putting our public health infrastructure to the test. In the US, there have been over 823,250 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, April 21st, 2020. Coronavirus disease has particularly affected cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle, among others. The South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA) is releasing this statement to highlight public health gaps in the…Keep Reading

SAPHA’s Statement on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Dear Colleagues, The world is responding to an outbreak of the novel Coronavirus and the disease it causes named “Coronavirus Disease 2019” (COVID-19). Towards the end of January 2020, the US Health and Human Services Secretary declared this outbreak a public health emergency in the US. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. In this statement, SAPHA is providing various sources to stay up-to-date…Keep Reading

Welcome Letter from SAPHA President

Dear SAPHA colleagues, I hope your decade has been off to a great start! I am immensely honored to be elected as your President to work with both the continuing and newly elected board members of SAPHA. I would like to thank our immediate past President, Memoona Hasnain, and returning board members: Shipra Singh, Shibani Ray‐Mazumder, Samira Khan, Saman Aziz, Trushna Rao-Nadig, and S. Shahrukh Hashmi for their leadership. Thank…Keep Reading