Both conferences were well attended (over 100 attendees), validating the significant interest within the professional and non-professional community regarding South Asian health issues, that often do not receive wide recognition.
In fall of 2013, SATHI started a semiannual seminar series entitled GLOBAL CROSS ROADS: Seminars on South Asian Culture, Ecology and Health. In collaboration with South Asia Studies program at Rutgers, the Global Crossroads Seminars explore the socio-cultural and environmental determinants of health in the global South Asian community. Invited experts discuss broad ranging topics with the goal to engage interested faculty, students, researchers and community members and provide opportunity for networking.
SATHI-Infectious Disease Outreach Project (Survey of South Asian community members and physicians regarding attitudes and behaviors related to HIV) (PI: Sneha Jacob)
Project SAHAS (South Asian Health Awareness about Stroke) (PI: Sunanda Gaur)
Global Crossroads: Seminars on South Asian Culture, Ecology and Health. (PI: Sunanda Gaur)
Evaluation of birth Outcomes in South Asians (PI: Sheenu Chandwani)
Advisory Board Member, Jigna Rao, speaks at the Global TB Institute in Newark, NJ
Ms. Rao was invited by Dr. Lee Reichman, Executive Director of the Global TB Institute to speak at their TB Intensive Workshop, on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Ms. Rao provided a patient perspective and shared her personal story.
SATHI Co-director, Naveen Mehrotra, MD, MPH attends the Hindu American Seva summit in Washington, DC.
Dr. Naveen Mehrotra, representing SATHI, attended a two-day summit titled, “Energizing Dharmic Seva: Impacting Change in America and Abroad” from July 30th-31st in Washington, DC. This summit was a call to individuals, NGO and civil society groups, press, business, faith and secular communities, and state and local government to join and partner for change across America and globally. He served as a panelist in the afternoon session, "Impacting Local Communities: A Case Study of Seva in the Garden State" moderated by Upendra Chivikula, NJ State Assemblyman. This summit was organized by the Hindu American Seva Charities Organization led by Anju Bhargava.
SATHI advisory board member, Aparna Kalbag, PhD invited to present at the Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal bi-annual meeting.
Dr. Kalbag presented her research findings at a forum entitled "Mental Illness and Substance Abuse in the Indian and Maharashtrian Population in North America" at the Bruhan Maharashtra Mandall (BMM) bi-annual meeting, held in Chicago from July 21 - 24, 2011. This forum was held with support from the South Asian Mental Health Awareness in Jersey (SAMHAJ) program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness - New Jersey chapter.
Addressing Health Disparities and Health Literacy in the South Asian Community- A one-day conference held on October 9th 2010, in Princeton New Jersey (NJ) addressed the current state of health disparities and health literacy challenges in the South Asian community. The conference was co-sponsored by the South Asian Total Health Initiative at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ-RWJMS), the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity (UMDNJ-RWJMS), and the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health of the Department of Health and Senior Services of New Jersey (OMMH). This conference heralded a significant advance in our understanding of the health disparities that exist in the South Asian population since it was devoted entirely to this community.
SATHI was awarded a $25,000 grant for the provision of "Take Control of Your Health - Chronic Disease Self Management Program" to be conducted October 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. This grant will enable community based minority-serving organizations to implement the "Take Control of Your Health" a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) developed by Stanford University. SATHI's program will teach skills in self-management of chronic diseases, especially those considered priority focus areas such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, HIV, etc.
SATHI attends the 2009 Annual Indian Health Camp of New Jersey at Sri Venkateswara Temple in Bridgewater, NJ! The Indian Health Camp of New Jersey conducted a free health event in which attendees were offered health screenings for basic health care check-ups. The physicians who were present screened attendees for basic vital statistics (i.e. blood pressure) along with other tests such as blood tests to measure blood sugar and cholesterol levels. There were over 200 attendees. The SATHI Team consisting of Dr. Naveen Mehrotra, Dr. Aparna Kalbag, and 4 SATHI student volunteers manned a table to distribute pamphlets and brochures on health information. The SATHI team also administered its general health survey and mental health survey. The results of these surveys will be used to better assess the health care needs of the South Asian population.
The South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) held its first networking and capacity building event on March 26, 2009 at the Arleen and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This event was held to create awareness of SATHI among the various constituents of New Jersey, providing a forum to build partnerships and identify health related issues and projects in and for the South Asian community. SATHI's Advisory Board Poonam Alaigh, MD, Geetha Ghai, PhD, MBA, Robert C. Like, MD, MS, and Jigna Rao, along with Co-directors Sunanda Gaur, MD and Naveen Mehrotra, MD, introduced SATHI to invited dignitaries and members of community organizations.
Keynote speaker Heather Howard, New Jersey's Commissioner of Health and Senior Services welcomed SATHI as an incredible resource for the department of health. "SATHI recognizes that religious beliefs and cultural customs do affect the health care decisions of our citizens and providers. Patients need help to understand health risks, health needs and health options. SATHI will help us do that in a culturally-competent way," Howard said. She added that while diversity is one of New Jersey's strengths, it also presents challenges, risks and barriers in health care. Other invited dignitaries recognized the importance and need for SATHI in the state of New Jersey where the population of South Asians is increasing at a phenomenal rate. These dignitaries included Peter S. Amenta, Dean, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Upendra J. Chivukula, Deputy Speaker, New Jersey State Assembly, Assemblywoman Joan M. Quigley, Majority Conference Leader, Kris Kolluri, Esq, CEO, New Jersey Schools Development Authority, and Linda Holmes, Executive Director, Office of Minority and Multicultural Health . Although Governor Corzine was not able to attend this event he did send his best wishes and congratulations.
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