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Newsletter - August 2022

Vol. 1 Issue 6


August is National Breastfeeding Month! Check out the American Academy of Pediatrics' updated policy statement, featuring the first major revision to breastfeeding guidelines in over a decade. The AAP now recommends breastfeeding for two years or more for most children.

Many public health policies and initiatives can better support families to breastfeed for longer, such as universal paid parental leave, the right to breastfeed in public, and access to lactation support and lactation rooms.


Over recent years, SAPHA has made a number of changes to its mission and vision (check it out at As we continue on this new path, we want to define our role as a public health association and clarify our responsibility in reducing health inequities faced by South Asians in the subcontinent and the diaspora.

To this extent, we've developed a Health Equity survey to get member guidance and pull on our collective wisdom to co-create our organizational future. Please fill out the survey below by September 15.

Take the Health Equity survey!


Equality Labs is assessing the impact of caste in higher education settings among people of South Asian ancestry, and is seeking responses to a survey:

Take the survey

South Asian Americans displayed a strong association between shared family activities and healthy behaviors, according to a new study using a national sample of young Asian Americans.

Read more: Journal of Behavioral Medicine

New research in the Vancouver area highlights barriers to physical activity among South Asians immigrants, including restrictive social and cultural norms.

Read more: PloS ONE


Will you be attending the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo this year in Boston? We would love to meet you at SAPHA's Chai & Chat event. More details to follow!

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