Our Committees

Our Committees

SAPHA has four working committees that focus on different areas to help SAPHA work toward its mission. Committees meet via conference call once a month to discuss ongoing projects and progress.

Join a SAPHA Committee by contacting the chair for more information. We look forward to your enthusiasm and expertise and hope your service will also help you achieve your professional goals.


Co-Chairs: Gayatri Malhotra, Tauhid Mahmud, Supriya Misra

SAPHA’s Communications Committee strives to increase awareness and education about important health issues affecting South Asian communities in the US while also connecting community members with the latest news and professional opportunities in the public health field. To this end, the Communications Committee undertakes a range of activities, from the upkeep of SAPHA’s website to promoting community health education through user-friendly health factsheets and keeping the field updated with the latest news and happenings through quarterly newsletters, SAPHA’s google group listserv, and social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Membership and Partnership

Co-Chairs: Shibani Ray-Mazumder, Paroma Mitra, Nehanda T.

The Membership and Partnership Committee works to grow the organization, connect individuals with shared interests, provide networking and learning opportunities for SAPHA members, and establish partnerships with local and community organizations working to advance the health of South Asians in the United States. Membership in SAPHA is open to a broad range of students, professionals, and community members who are dedicated to enhancing the overall well-being of the South Asian community in the United States. This Committee identifies related organizations to leverage expertise and resources to carry out common objectives. In addition, SAPHA is exploring opportunities to facilitate the revival and establishment of local chapters in universities and cities across the U.S.


Co-Chairs: Saman Aziz, Shipra Singh, Anto Paul

The Research Committee aims to provide leadership and guidance for matters pertaining to SAPHA’s strategic vision and operations for research and development of South Asian public health. The Committee promotes research by identifying and prioritizing focus areas relevant to the health of South Asians; creates a forum to disseminate current and emerging evidence and best practices pertinent to improving South Asian health; and develops strategic partnerships with organizations with similar vision and mission to foster SAPHA’s mission. In 2017, the Research Committee led the publication of the book, Health of South Asians in the United States.


Co-Chairs: Trushna Rao-Nadig, Samira Khan

The Fundraising Committee oversees SAPHA’s fundraising activities, leading efforts to promote SAPHA’s mission and vision through existing and new funding streams. The Committee is currently involved in developing annual and long-term fundraising goals for the organization, along with identifying and maintaining information on existing and potential donors.