1. Project SAHAS (South Asian Health Awareness about Stroke)
Project lead: Dr. Sheenu Chandwani, Rutgers School of Public Health).
Project team: Varsha Singh, Smita Dhumal, Devangi Shukla, Priya . Medical Students from the American Association of Physicians of India chapter
Funded by NJ State Office of Minority and Multicultural Health.
From November 2013-June 2014, The South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) developed and implemented a culturally tailored stroke prevention program for the South Asian community residing in Central New Jersey. Stroke Prevention Education was conducted in settings that were easily accessible to the South Asian community. The curriculum was delivered in the two most commonly spoken SA languages, Hindi and Gujarati. Four groups (10-15 people/session) of community members of SA ethnicity (age group 35 – 75 years) were educated. Each group went through a special curriculum (3 sessions) of Stroke Prevention Education developed by SATHI: A total of 75 community members participated in the project. Based on the results of the project, a revised curriculum was developed and named SAHAS (South Asian Health Awareness about Stroke). The SAHAS curriculum will be evaluated in through community education session from October 2014-May 2015.
Please see attached poster with results from 2013-2014 sessions click Poster
2. Infectious Disease Outreach Project (SATHI-IDO)
Project Lead: Dr. Sneha Jacob, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Project team: Sunanda Gaur, Sunpreet Singh, Shreedevi Shukla, Devangi Shukla, RWJMS Medical Students from the American Association of Physicians of India chapter.
The South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is conducting a brief survey on the knowledge and attitudes of South Asians towards HIV/AIDS . HIV testing rates among South Asians, both nationally and in NJ, remain much lower than expected based on demographic figures. Early diagnosis of HIV through routine testing is the best strategy to achieve optimal outcomes for HIV infected individuals.
Dr. Sneha Jacob, a faculty member at Rutgers and Director of the HIV program at the Chandler Clinic in New Brunswick is conducting this study. The study consists of two surveys: One for South Asian Community members and the other for Health care providers of South Asian origin. The surveys are conducted at various South Asian health fairs in NJ and South Asian cultural events as well. See attached picture from a health fair attended by SATHI members and medical students.
Also attached picture of the SATHI-IDO team
3. Global Crossroads Seminars
Project lead: Sunanda Gaur
Project team: Smita Dhumal, Magdalena Rodriguez
Funded by: Center for Global Advancement and Interantional Affiliations (GAIA) at Rutgers
In fall of 2013, SATHI launched 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.
Past SATHI Projects:
South Asian Health Literacy Resources