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Newsletter- January 2024


Letter from the SAPHA President

Dear Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits as we embark on another year of shared endeavors and growth. I am greatly honored to continue to serve as SAPHA’s President for a third year, working alongside both our steadfast continuing board members and the valuable additions to our team.

I would like to thank our outgoing board members for their incredible leadership: Trushna Rao-Nadig, Anita Balan, and Naveen Shoaib. A huge welcome back to our continuing board members: Ayesha Azam, Hena Bajaj, Malinee Neelamegam, Anto Paul, Aisha Bhimla, Thoin Begum, Nishka Bommareddy, Tarun Mohan Lal, Mushira Khan, Rubana Hossain, and Anmol Sharma. Thank you for your dedication. And a warm welcome to our newest board member, Amish Doshi. Your presence adds further strength to our collective mission.

This year holds special significance for SAPHA as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. Over the past quarter-century, our organization has been dedicated to advocating for the health priorities of the South Asian community, fostering collaborations, and addressing health issues and communicating knowledge and gaps about South Asian health. This milestone marks not only our rich history but also a renewed commitment to advancing the health and well-being of South Asian communities. Reflecting on the past year, SAPHA has achieved significant milestones, including hosting panel discussions and in person networking events, sharing monthly newsletters, and launching our new website and Instagram page. SAPHA’s impact extends to legislative advocacy, including advocating for the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act, participation in national health campaigns, and establishing a noteworthy presence in Washington, DC, marked by engagements with the Secretary of Health, invitations to the White House, and continuous efforts to address health disparities and promote equity in South Asian communities. Our strategic plans prioritize addressing health disparities amongst South Asians with a special focus on cardiovascular disease, mental health,  and social determinants of health.

These accomplishments are a testament to the dedication and spirit of our board members and from all of you. We are grateful for your collaboration, encouragement, and engagement with us to advance our mission to promote the health and well‐being of South Asian communities in the US. With your continued support, we can achieve more in 2024.

I encourage each of you to share your ideas on how SAPHA can better serve you and to invite your colleagues to join us in our ongoing initiatives. For any inquiries or suggestions, please reach out to us at

I look forward to advocating for our mission and celebrating SAPHA’s 25th anniversary together.

With gratitude,

Samira Khan, MPH


Introducing the 2024 Board

South Asian Public Health Association

Board of Directors

learn more about our board of directors here.

Support SAPHA's Annual Goals 

As we celebrate 25 years of SAPHA, we are excited to raise our voices to advocate for the health and well-being of South Asians in the US through creating internship programs for public health students and creating a research database! Will you help us fund these initiatives?

What is your favorite section of the SAPHA newsletters?
Learning about SAPHA events
Reading about South Asian research
Learning about health disparities
Finding resources for South Asians

South Asian Public Health Association Spotlight Series

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the South Asian Public Health Association, we are excited to launch a podcast series that will unfold throughout the year. Each episode promises enlightening conversations, inspirational stories, and a deep dive into the impactful initiatives led by former SAPHA board members who continue to shape the future of public health.

Our inaugural episode features Dr. Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH – a distinguished SAPHA co-founder and the editor of the inaugural issue of SAPHA’s Brown Paper.

Stay tuned! We will send you an email containing more information and links to this podcast next week.

Advocating Together

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), founded in 1996, is a coalition of 47 national organizations that represent the interests and issues pertaining to the greater Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander communities and provide a national voice for AA and NHPI issues. SAPHA is proud to be a member of NCAPA from 2020.

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