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We have compiled a list of public health programs and healthcare organizations that serve and/or are working to advance the health of South Asians in the US. The guide includes an inventory of programs and resources by state, providing information on their area(s) of focus and service as well as a link to their website. The guide is a “living resource” which will be continually updated as new resources are identified.

To submit information on an organization or program working to advance the health of South Asians in the US, please contact us.

National Organizations

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin

Focus Area(s): Promotes and serves healthcare, education, social, and charitable activities for physicians of Indian-descent.

Website: www.aapiusa.org

American Born Confident Desi Lady Magazine (ABCD Lady)

Focus Area(s): Provides an outlet to discuss taboo topics.

Website: www.abcdlady.com

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Focus Area(s): Protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans.

Website: www.aaldef.org

Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America

Focus Area(s): Promotes and serves healthcare, educational, social and charitable activities for physicians of Pakistani-descent.

Website: www.appna.org

American Tamil Association

Focus Area(s): Promotes preventive health for the underserved and assists in case of emergencies and disasters.

Website: www.atmaus.org

Indian Heart Foundation

Focus Area(s): Reduce the incidence of cardiac disease in South Asians by a targeted strategy of raising awareness of risk factors and facilitate risk evaluations and early treatment.

Website: www.indianheartfoundation.org

National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development

Focus Area(s): Voice for the unique community development needs of AAPI communities.

Website: www.nationalcapacd.org

South Asians Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Focus Area(s): Elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States.

Website: www.saalt.org

South Asian Philanthropy Project

Focus Area(s): A forum that inspires South Asian Americans to become more involved in philanthropy and volunteering.

Website: www.southasianphilanthropy.org

South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA)

Focus Area(s): Promotes the health and well-being of South Asian communities by advancing the field of South Asian public health through interactions among health professionals and shared resources, focusing on research, education, communication, and advocacy in the US.

Website: www.sapha.org

The Sikh Coalition)

Focus Area(s): Works with Sikhs to provide for a more freely practice and faith by working on civil and human rights.

Website: www.sikhcoalition.org

California

Maitri, Inc

Focus Area(s): Free, confidential, referral nonprofit organization that primarily helps families from South Asia facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, human trafficking or family conflict.

Website: www.maitri.org

Narika

Focus Area(s): Promotes the empowerment of South Asian women to confront and overcome the cycles of domestic violence and exploitation.

Website: www.narika.org

Saath USA

Focus Area(s): Uses research and outreach to assist South Asians afflicted with cancer.

Website: www.saathusa.org

Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America

Focus Area(s): Promotes and serves healthcare, educational, social and charitable activities for physicians of Pakistani-descent.

Website: www.appna.org

Satrang

Focus Area(s): Provides a safe space to empower and advocate for the rights of the South Asian LGBTIQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Questioning) through education, networking, and outreach.

Website: www.satrang.org

South Asian Network

Focus Area(s): Advances the health, empowerment and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin.

Website: www.southasiannetwork.org

National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development

Focus Area(s): Voice for the unique community development needs of AAPI communities.

Website: www.nationalcapacd.org

South Asian Community Health Promotion Services Program at the Hume Center

Focus Area(s): Provide preventative health services for persons from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other countries in the region.

Website: www.humecenter.org

South Asian Community Health Promotion Services Program at the Hume Center

Focus Area(s): Provide preventative health services for persons from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other countries in the region.

Website: www.humecenter.org

South Asian Heart Center

Focus Area(s): Provides culturally appropriate program incorporating education, advanced screening, lifestyle changes and case management for coronary artery disease.

Website: www.southasianheartcenter.org

Trikone

Focus Area(s): Provides a supportive, empowering space where LGBT South Asians can meet, make connections and promote awareness and acceptance of their sexuality.

Website: www.trikone.org

UMMA Community Clinic

Focus Area(s): Provides medical services, screenings, immunizations and patient education to Muslim, South Asian and other adults and children, regardless of their ability to pay, in South Los Angeles.

Website: www.ummaclinic.org

Sneha, Inc

Focus Area(s): Provides a forum for South Asians to deal with issues created by the lack of traditional family support, as well as the unfamiliarity with the laws and services of their adopted land.

Website: www.sneha.org

Raksha

Focus Area(s): Promotes a stronger and healthier South Asian community through confidential support services, education, and advocacy.

Website: www.raksha.org

Apna Ghar

Focus Area(s): Provides holistic services to women and children across immigrant communities in the Chicago.

Website: www.apnaghar.org

Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) Health Clinic

Focus Area(s): Provides comprehensive, culturally competent health care to uninsured in Chicago’s Southwest Side. Services include chronic disease management, acute care, screenings and preventive services.

Website: www.imancentral.org

Metropolitan Asian Family Services

Focus Area(s): Provides comprehensive and integrated services to immigrant populations of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka facing cultural/linguistic barriers.

Website: www.mafsinc.com

Asian Mental Health Program – Cambridge Health Alliance

Focus Area(s): Provides individual, family and group psychotherapy to individuals from India, Bangladesh and other Asian countries.

Website: www.challiance.org

Saheli Friendship for South Asian Women – Indian Association of Greater Boston (IAGB)

Focus Area(s): Provides an emergency fund, support and resources for survivors of domestic violence.

Website: www.iagb.org

ASHA for Women

Focus Area(s): Provides community- based, culturally competent support to South Asian women living in abusive marriages and homes.

Website: www.ashaforwomen.org

Counselors Helping (South) Asian Indians (CHAI)

Focus Area(s): Provides outreach, referral, and educational services to the South Asian community on issues related to mental health and wellness.

Website: www.chaicounselors.org

Muslim Community Center Medical Clinic

Focus Area(s): Provides high-quality medical care to any adult (18 years or older) without health care coverage.

Website: www.mccmd.org

South Asian Wellness Clinic at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Focus Area(s): Provides culturally sensitive mental health services to South Asians in Maryland and Washington DC region.

Website: www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry

Michigan

Michigan Asian Indian Family Services

Focus Area(s): Offers nonjudgmental, empathetic and culturally sensitive counseling.

Website: www.maifs.org

Rahma Community Clinic

Focus Area(s): Volunteer-run health clinic in Bloomington providing free physician consultation and preventive services.

Website: www.mccminnesota.org/clinic

Manavi

Focus Area(s): Works to end all forms of violence against South Asian women.

Website: www.manavi.org

South Asian Mental Health Awareness in Jersey (SAMHAJ)

Focus Area(s): Provides support, education, and advocacy for South Asians affected by serious mental illness.

Website: www.naminj.org

South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI)

Focus Area(s): To improve the total health of South Asians through empowerment, promotion of culturally competent health care and reduction of health care disparities.

Website: www.rwjms.umdnj.edu

New York

Adhikaar for Human Rights

Focus Area(s): Works with Nepali- speaking communities to promote human rights and social justice for all.

Website: www.adhikaar.org

Andolan

Focus Area(s): Organizes low-income, South Asian workers to fight against injustices faced because of abusive employers.

Website: www.andolan.net

Council of People’s Organization

Focus Area(s): Empowers marginalized communities to advocate for their rights and understand their responsibilities as Americans.

Website: www.copousa.org

Desis Rising Up and Moving

Focus Area(s): Protects the civil and human rights of South Asian and Muslim immigrants.

Website: www.drumnation.org

Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH)

Focus Area(s): Works to reduce health disparities in the Asian American community through research, training and partnership.

Website: www.asian-health.med.nyu.edu

Chhaya

Focus Area(s): Works to create more stable and sustainable communities by increasing civic participation and addressing the housing and community development needs.

Website: www.chhayacdc.org

Coney Island Avenue Project

Focus Area(s): Promotes the empowerment of working class South Asians through legislative policy change, legal advocacy and community-based education.

Website: www.ciapnyc.org

DREAM Project

Focus Area(s): To develop and implement a community health worker program for diabetic Bangladeshis in New York City.

Website: www.med.nyu.edu/asian-health/research/dream/dream-about-us

Sakhi for South Asian Women

Focus Area(s): Creates a safe place to support and advocate for South Asian women facing abuse.

Website: www.sakhi.org

South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS)

Focus Area(s): Empower underserved South Asians to actively engage in civic and economic life in New York City.

Website: www.sacssny.org

South Asian Health Initiative (SAHI)

Focus Area(s): Empowers underserved South Asians to actively engage in the civic and economic life of New York.

Website: www.med.nyu/edu/sahi

South Asian Practice for Health Improvement and Research (SAPPHIRE)

Focus Area(s): Primary care based research network developed to sustain partnerships, facilitate health research, and provide support to physicians and practices serving South Asians in New York City.

Website: www.sapphirenyc.org

Noor Community Clinic

Focus Area(s): Free clinic in Columbus providing routine medical care and preventive services to underserved and uninsured with incomes at or below 200% of poverty level.

Website: www.medstudentcouncil.osu.edu/student-groups/free-clinics

Memphis Muslim Medical Clinic

Focus Area(s): A weekend charity clinic providing general primary care, pediatric care, and women’s services.

Website: www.muslimclinic.org

Houston

Daya, Inc

Focus Area(s): Promotes healthy family relationships by providing counseling, referrals, legal advocacy, and financial support to women and children affected by family violence and sexual assault.

Website: www.dayahouston.org

Ibn Sina Community Medical Center

Focus Area(s): Provides low cost medical and dental care to uninsured and indigent Muslim, South Asian and other patients in Southwest Houston.

Website: www.ibnsinafoundation.org

Shifa Clinic

Focus Area(s): Provides preventive care, as well as family, pediatric and dental care, along with educational and social services for low income and uninsured Muslims, South Asians and others in the Houston Area.

Website: www.shifaclinichouston.org

Washington, DC

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

Focus Area(s): Addresses the individual legal needs of low-income and limited- English proficient Asian Americans, advocates for broad-based systematic change on legal and civil rights, and empowers the APA community through organizing strategies.

Website: www.apalrc.org

Pakistani American Leadership Center

Focus Area(s): Devotes its resources solely to give the Pakistani American community nationwide a voice in Congress and with the Administration.

Website: www.pal-c.org

Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project

Focus Area(s): Empowers victims of domestic violence.

Website: www.dvrp.org

Khush DC

Focus Area(s): Social, support and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance, and fosters positive cultural and sexual identify for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) South Asians in DC.

Website: www.khushdc.org

Office of Asian Pacific Islander Affairs (DC Mayor’s Office)

Focus Area(s): Provides recommendations on District programs and initiatives affecting the AAPI community, and helps coordinate programs and initiatives within the government that promote the overall welfare of the AAPI community.

Website: www.apia.dc.gov

Suicide Prevention Guide

Suicide Prevention for South Asian Students (and their Families)

Emory University has created a thorough guide for recognizing signs and helping potentially suicidal students. Many hardworking students feel too ashamed by any academic or emotional failures to talk about it. There are many unique factors to the situations of South Asian students. Hopefully awareness and these resources will help prevent future suicides.

Guide: www.emorycaresforyou.emory.edu