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The Atlanta South Asian Health Alliance (ASHA)

The Atlanta South Asian Health Alliance (ASHA)

The Atlanta South Asian Health Alliance (ASHA) is a community-academic research partnership formed in 2016 to address the high prevalence of diabetes in the South Asian community. Our partners include patients with diabetes or prediabetes, family members, public health researchers, clinicians, religious leaders, cultural organizations, community members and other health professionals. Our multi-stakeholder board is built on trust and determination to achieve our shared mission of diabetes prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion among low-income South Asians (ancestry originating from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other parts of South Asia). Currently, ASHA focuses on creating this coalition for the Bangladeshi community of the Atlanta metropolitan area, and hopes to adapt the framework to other communities in the future.

 

Goals

  • To develop community-driven research questions
  • To engage South Asians in planning and developing diabetes research studies
  • To build research capacity among our members
  • To raise awareness of diabetes among South Asians

 

Funding source

This project was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pipeline-to-Proposal Award (5135768), administered on behalf of PCORI by Trailhead Institute.