South Asian American Community Health Forum – Heart Health

South Asian American Community Health Forum – Heart Health

On Thursday, April 21st, from 6-7 PM CST, SAAPRI hosted a community health panel led by health professionals and public health advocates, Dr. Swapna Dave, Dr. Nilay Shah, Dr. Atif Hassan, and moderated by Parin Shah.

This event catered towards South Asian American heart health in Chicagoland. We covered a range of topics, including how to care for our heart, address common risk factors and symptoms within the South Asian American community, as well as lifestyle factors. We also discussed the rise in stroke rates among young South Asian Americans, inequity in the healthcare system, and how we can improve access to healthcare information and services.

This community forum is a part of SAAPRI’s efforts to advance health equity after being selected as the Regional Community Based Partner in the Asian Engagement and Recruitment Core (ARC) by the Asian Health Coalition as part of the National Institute of Health’s All of Us research program. The goal of ARC is to engage diverse populations of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) to accelerate research and improve health outcomes in the communities we serve.

Thank you to all those who attended our event! If you were not able to attend, you can access the recording here. Dr. Swapna Dave also provided a “Food Guide for South Asians” which you can access here.