Featured South Asian Cultures
Bhutanese, Nepali, Sindhi, Maldivian, Burmese, Bengali, and Assamese Americans communities brought their distinctive cultures and stories to the US, contributing to the rich tapestry of our nation.
Unique Public Health Challenges
Many of these communities arrived in the US as refugees and asylum seekers, and their journey left them grappling with mental health issues, stemming from the trauma experienced as refugees and the adjustment to a new lifestyle.
Others face specific health disparities, including an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and a higher prevalence of hepatitis B. These health disparities can be attributed to a combination of genetic factors, lifestyle, and limited access to healthcare.
Barriers Faced by These Communities
All South Asian communities are more likely to face a common set of challenges that affect their health and well-being, including limited access to healthcare, language barriers that hinder effective communication with healthcare providers, a lack of cultural competency in healthcare, economic hardships, and the stigma surrounding mental health.
What You Can Do to Make a Difference
It's crucial that we all support these communities in their journey to better health and well-being. Here are ways you can make a difference:
Advocate for Inclusive Healthcare Policies: Advocate for policies that support healthcare access for immigrants, regardless of their legal status.
Promote Cultural Competency: Encourage funding and programs that facilitate language access and cultural competency training for healthcare providers.
By joining hands in solidarity, we can work towards a more inclusive and equitable world where everyone has access to the healthcare they need and deserve.