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Newsletter- December 2023


As we approach the final week of our Board of Directors application period, we want to extend a special invitation to individuals like you who are passionate about making a real impact on South Asian public health in the United States.


SAPHA is more than an organization; it's a community of dedicated professionals working towards a common goal. By joining our Board, you become an integral part of a dynamic and hardworking team that represents diverse interests and backgrounds in public health.

How to Apply:

For detailed role descriptions and to apply please visit our website.

Submit your application by December 15th, 2023; 11:59pm PST.

Ready to Make a Difference?

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a cause that truly matters. Apply now and help shape the future of South Asian public health in the United States.

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Commemorating World AIDS Day: Addressing HIV/AIDS in the South Asian Community

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This year on December 1st we celebrated the 35th World AIDS Day. While progress has been made in raising awareness and improving healthcare access, challenges remain in combating HIV/AIDS stigma, ensuring adequate support, and providing tailored education within South Asian communities.

Stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS persists within South Asian communities, hindering prevention efforts. We need to actively work to dispel myths, promote understanding, and create supportive environments for those affected. It is important to advocate for improved access to HIV testing, treatment, and care within South Asian communities. This includes promoting culturally competent healthcare services and removing barriers to healthcare access. Within the South Asian communities it is vital that we encourage regular HIV testing, safe sex practices, and awareness of preventive measures such as PrEP and PEP within the South Asian community.

December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities- UN holiday 

(Photo Credit: UNESCO Bangkok)

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is celebrated on December 3rd. It emphasizes the necessity of securing their rights to facilitate full, equal, and effective participation in society, removing barriers in all aspects of their lives. 

People with disabilities are more susceptible to hate crimes. A report highlights the issue of hate crime faced by disabled people and the overlap between ableism and racism. Disability access remains a significant issue among South Asian Americans. Individuals with disabilities within the South Asian American community often encounter various challenges related to accessibility, support, and inclusion

Cultural stigma and misconceptions surrounding disabilities may prevent open discussions within the South Asian American community. There is a lack of understanding or awareness about different types of disabilities and the support needed for individuals with disabilities. It is essential to increase dialogue to improve our communities' awareness, acceptance, and education on what disability is and how it should be perceived compared to historic attitudes towards it. By doing so, we can continue to reduce the stigma and the barriers that exist for all individuals with disabilities, including within South Asian communities. 

What can we do: 

  • Have a conversation about disability with family or friends with disability and ask about their experiences
  • Offer support 
  • Become an ally for the disability community
  • Look up resources within your local community

Listen to this podcast to learn more: Changing perceptions of disability in South Asian Communities.

Research Opportunity

Heart disease affects us all, but this groundbreaking research dives deep into understanding how it specifically impacts South Asian communities, and why South Asians are most at risk of developing cardiovascular disease. OurHealth is on a mission to uncover valuable insights and develop tailored approaches to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease in the South Asian population. 

Support this vital research that aims to improve the health and well-being of South Asians by registering and becoming a participant today! More information can be found at the link below. Together, we can make strides toward a healthier future!

Learn more about the study here: OurHealth Study

December 10 – International Humans Rights Day 

This year, on December 10, 2023, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone document in the history of human rights, according to which all human beings are entitled to inalienable rights- regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or status.

There is an urgent humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and its residents are denied the most basic human needs. About 1.9 million people have been displaced in Gaza, and the death toll has surpassed 17,000 with no end in sight

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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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