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Newsletter - August 2023


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"I raise up my voice, not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back" ― Malala Yousafzai.

In August, SAPHA commemorates Women's Equality Day, specifically on the 26th. Established in 1971, it marks the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which banned both the federal and state governments from denying citizens their voting rights on the grounds of sex. This pivotal amendment effectively acknowledged women's suffrage, concluding years of persistent advocacy at both the state and national levels in the U.S.

Women's Equality Day serves not only as a tribute to the tireless efforts of women's rights advocates but also as a reminder of our collective responsibility to persist in striving for a world of greater equality. This is particularly pertinent given the multitude of challenges women around the globe continue to face on a daily basis

Please join us on SAPHA's social media pages to amplify women's voices. 

Research & News Highlights

SAPHA is proud to endorse the reintroduction of the “South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act”, which raises awareness and allocates resources to support research investigating the disproportionately alarming rate of heart disease in the South Asian community. We urge you to reach out to your representatives and ask them to support this bill.

You can read more about this here.

Mental Health and Stress among South Asians

South Asian Mental Health Stigma

The Silence About Mental Health in South Asian Culture Is Dangerous

Voices of South Asian women: immigration and mental health

Social Norms and Gender Equality in South Asia

South Asian Women Leaders For Change

 Taking Charge of Our Mental Well-Being

August is a month dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and wellness, and as a community, we have the power to come together and uplift each other. This Mental Health Awareness Month, SAPHA is committed to shedding light on the mental health challenges faced by our South Asian communities and providing resources to support our collective well-being.

Here are some specific actions you can take:

Nurturing Mental Wellness: Open conversations, reducing stigma, and seeking help when needed.

Consider reading Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted by Mirnal Ghokle it offers a unique perspective and an in-depth understanding of mental health issues as experienced within South Asian communities.

Let's Talk: Engage in meaningful discussions about mental health and create a safe space.

Accessible Resources: Find mental health organizations and helplines on our website.

Self-Care Tips: You can find suggestions on our Instagram account this month.  

Let's Stand Together: Erase stigma, uplift each other, and prioritize mental well-being. Join us this August! #MentalHealthMatters #WellnessMonth #SAPHAcares

We need your help!

The SAPHA Research Committee is building a repository of South Asian public health topics and of authors conducting related research that will be accessible on our website. We are also seeking any information about student researchers conducting South Asian public health research to highlight during AAPI month in May. Please fill out this Google form if you have any suggestions.

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