Chronic Conditions Among U.S. South Asians in the Context of COVID-19

Pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart disease, and chronic lung disease that are known to increase risk of COVID-19 severity and mortality are common among South Asians in the U.S.1-3 Lack of data disaggregation among Asian Americans has long hidden many South Asian chronic health disparities; other Asian subgroups often have lower rates on these conditions that influence combined estimates.4 Additionally, the impact of COVID-19 on South Asians in the…Keep Reading

Celebrating Pride Month and Supporting South Asian LGBTQIA+ Health

Data are scarce on the health of queer and trans South Asians in the US. A 2006 needs assessment by South Asian Network and Satrang in Southern California found high levels of prejudice and discrimination (in both South Asian and LGBTQIA+ communities), high rates of mental distress, and limited healthcare use. Across the United States, volunteer-run, community-based organizations are promoting social and mental health for queer and trans South Asians. Many of…Keep Reading

SAPHA Signs NCAPA’s Call on House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to Include AAPI Community in their Work

Originally published by the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). SAPHA is proud to join NCAPA and over 65 organizations to call on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to fully include the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in their scope of work, including disparate health impacts of COVID-19 and rise of anti-Asian racism. An excerpt from the full statement: On behalf of NCAPA and…Keep Reading

SAPHA President Speaks with The Juggernaut on the Impact of COVID-19 on the South Asian Community

What’s Really Killing Us? By Ashish Valentine and Anna Luy Tan Originally published on The Juggernaut. “Yousra Yusuf, president of the South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA), said those predispositions translate to higher risks of developing severe complications from the coronavirus. COVID-19 infection and mortality data for South Asian Americans are still not available — South Asians are counted under a more general Asian American category, sometimes along with Native…Keep Reading

SAPHA Co-sponsors Event: South Asians in Defense of Black Lives: Conversation with Zoé Samudzi

Art by Khushboo Kataria Gulati South Asians across the United States must organize ourselves to amplify the demands of the Movement for Black Lives. Join national South Asian organizations to discuss how to organize our community associations, businesses, families, and religious institutions to divest from policing, push for anti-racist policies, and practice intra-racial solidarity that builds safer communities. Zoé Samudzi is a writer, photographer, and sociology doctoral candidate at the…Keep Reading

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 Signs Letter to HHS for Increased Funding to Address COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities

Originally published on Newsweek. SAPHA, along with a broad coalition of groups, signed a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar for increased funding measures to address disparities in how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting minority and rural communities, as well as seniors and other vulnerable groups. The letter was in reference to the department’s Office of Minority Health grant opportunity offering a $10…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