South Asian Health: From Research to Practice and Policy is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and is co-organized by the following:
As part of the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, SAHI is working to increase awareness around and facilitate treatment of the most common health problems affecting the South Asian immigrant community in New York City. Among SAHI’s priorities are oral cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. SAHI’s research efforts include a Supporting Taxi Drivers to Exercise through Pedometers (STEP) program and the Smokeless Tobacco Product Prevention and Awareness Network (STOP-PAAN). STEP aims to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer among the South Asian taxi driver community. The results from this exercise-intervention study are currently being reviewed. STOP-PAAN is a community-based research program aimed at reducing the use of smokeless tobacco.
SACSS was founded in 2000 in response to critical issues raised around the tremendous barriers to social services faced in New York City’s fast-growing South Asian community. A not-for-profit community-based organization, the council’s founding and continued mission is to plan, provide, support, and advocate for a continuum of programs addressing the social service needs of the underserved South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities of New York City. SACSS’s target diaspora comprises immigrants and their children hailing from the South Asian regions of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Indo-Caribbeans are individuals from Caribbean nations who trace their heritage back to South Asia.
The PAMF Research Institute was created as a center for basic and clinical research. Although the institute today operates a new, state-of-the-art research facility, it started out in a converted Victorian house in downtown Palo Alto. Along the way, it supported the research of many top scientists.