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SAPHA Spotlight Series - January 2024


South Asian Public Health Association Spotlight Series

SAPHA is kicking off the year with a new initiative - a podcast series! Our podcast, the South Asian Public Health Association Spotlight Series, will delve into the remarkable journeys and career trajectories of trailblazers in public health, with a special emphasis on the South Asian community.

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the South Asian Public Health Association, each episode this year will bring you insightful conversations, inspiring stories, and a closer look at the impactful work being done by previous SAPHA board members shaping the future of public health.

Episode 1

Featuring Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH

Our inaugural podcast episode features the esteemed Dr. Ushma Upadhyay, a SAPHA co-founder and the editor of the very first issue of SAPHA’s Brown Paper, Join us as Dr. Upadhyay shares her career journey, insights into reproductive health, and her pivotal role in co-founding SAPHA in 1999.

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Learn more about Dr. Upadhyay below:

Dr. Upadhyay is a Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, specializing in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences as well as core faculty of Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH). As a public health Social Scientist trained in epidemiology and demography, with expertise in abortion safety, access, and medication abortion, Dr. Upadhyay serves as the Principal Investigator for the California Home Abortion by Telehealth study, evaluating telehealth's safety, effectiveness, and acceptability for abortion in 22 states. She is also leading a study on interest in a late period pill. In addition to her impactful research, Dr. Upadhyay is the Co-Director of the UCGHI for Gender and Health Justice.

Additional Resources:

In our podcast, Dr. Upadhyay highlighted the work of one of her mentees, Sneha Challa, PhD, MPH. You can learn more about her work here.

You can also check out the books mentioned in the podcast:

 It’s NOT the Stork! ; It’s So Amazing and It’s Perfectly Normal

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