South Asian Health: From Research to Practice and Policy

Friday, September 20, 2013, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City

South Asian Health: From Research to Practice and Policy was established to address cancer and cardiovascular health disparities among South Asian immigrant communities in the United States. This ongoing effort will engage multidisciplinary researchers, community members, policy makers, and practitioners to develop a translational research blueprint for South Asian health disparities research and practice in the United States.

This NIH-funded initiative is structured to foster sustained community–academic collaboration. South Asian health researchers, academics, and community experts will actively participate.

  • Invitees will engage in a series of thematic working group meetings, commencing in spring 2013, to exchange preliminary data, approaches, and strategies to further characterize and address shared risks in the growing South Asian community. South Asian Health will focus on six key thematic areas. Through ongoing virtual meetings, each working group will:
    1. Review and catalogue the available evidence pertaining to each theme
    2. Identify pressing gaps in the available data on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer risk in South Asian communities in the United States
    3. Produce an actionable working group report and recommendations
  • Concurrent interactive community-input processes will be organized by partners in metropolitan areas with the largest South Asian populations to engage the diverse South Asian community in identifying research, service, and policy themes and priorities: New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, Atlanta, New Jersey, and Houston.
  • On September 20, 2013, the initiative will come together in a daylong community-engaged research convening at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Plenary, keynote, and working group sessions, as well as a community partners’ roundtable will help to finalize and share working group reports and recommendations and strategize next steps.
  • Following the convening, community town hall meetings will be organized, where a Delphi process will be used to further identify community research and service priorities and facilitate the development of the research blueprint.
  • Ongoing follow-up working groups will meet after the convening to finalize the community-informed blueprint for South Asian cardiovascular and cancer disparities reduction translational research and action items.

South Asian Health will be hosted and co-organized by the South Asian Health Initiative — based at the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and by the South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS) — in New York City, and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute’s South Asian Wellness Task Force in California, in partnership with the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Medicine in Chicago.

A diverse Steering Committee of researchers and community leaders is providing guidance on the South Asian Health research initiative’s activities.

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