SAPHA's 2023 Chai and Chat
SAPHA's presence at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) continues to expand. We were pleased to present a poster on "Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 Community Outreach in the South Asian Community." In addition, our annual Chai and Chat was a great success, drawing over 50 public health professionals. hai and Chat was sponsored in part by the Indian American Impact Project.
Participants delved into defining mental health, addressing stigma in the South Asian community, and navigating complexities in evidence-based mental health research. Identifying challenges unique to our community, the SAPHA Board led breakout sessions to propose tailored solutions.
We explored the intersection of COVID-19 and mental health among South Asians and recognized the pandemic's lasting effects, particularly within our communities. Participants strongly voiced the crucial need for improved access to mental health resources. In addressing hurdles in community research, such as a lack of understanding of evidence-based practices, cultural biases, and diversity, teams brainstormed solutions, notably emphasizing the importance of viewing our community as research partners rather than subjects and highlighting the need to share research findings.
The conversations were productive and filled with enthusiasm, reinforcing SAPHA's commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our community. We appreciate the support of both new and familiar faces at our Chai and Chat event, and look forward to seeing many of you next year in Minneapolis!