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

Duration of Residence in the US and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

South Asians are disproportionately impacted by cardiovascular disease (CVD). Our objective was to examine the association between duration of residence in the US and CVD risk factors among South Asian adult immigrants. Multivariate logistic regression analyses using pooled data from the 2005, 2007, 2009 California Health Interview Surveys. Duration of residence in the US < 15 years was significantly associated with overweight/obese BMI (OR 0.59; 95% CI 0.35, 0.98 for…Keep Reading

SAHARA (South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency)

Sheela Mehta, LCSW, recognized a need for a helpline during her social work and since 1991, has counseled more than 1,000 individuals. Domestic violence is a silent issue in South Asian culture and she wanted to provide a venue to heal and eradicate the problem. Here is a quick overview, but for more information definitely check out their website or the SAHARA brochure. Mission “To serve the growing community of…Keep Reading

Breast Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Screening Practices among First-Generation Immigrant Muslim Women

We would like to congratulate our SAPHA Board Member, Dr. Memoona Hasnain and her colleagues, Usha Menon, Carol Ferrans,and Laura Szalacha for winning first place for their poster presentation in the category of Community and Public Health at the Women’s Health 2012: The 20th Annual Congress organized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health & Sexual Differences. More information on their poster, “Breast cancer…Keep Reading

South Asian Tobacco Cessation & Cancer Awareness Resource (SATCCAR)

Rajiv Ulpe, BDS, MPH, is a Community Health Educator for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Rajiv served as the health educator for the South Asian Tobacco Cessation & Cancer Awareness Resource (SATCCAR). In addition, he has also served as a program manager on a research study on tobacco use cessation for Asian Americans, including Asian Indians, and participated in an…Keep Reading