SEWA-AIFW is dedicated to improve physical and mental health of the South Asian Community living in Minnesota. SEWA-AIFW's Health Initiative Programs focus on meeting the health needs of the community.
In 2013 SEWA-AIFW Family wellness partnered with University of Minnesota to conduct a health survey for South Asians living in Minnesota. South Asians include people from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and also Indians from Guyana & Trinidad. The goal of the survey was to gain a better understanding of the specific health issues in the South Asian community so that SEWA-AIFW can design programs to address those issues. This survey did not collect any personal data and was also completely confidential.
The need to conduct such a survey was felt based on SEWA-AIFW's experience, that hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis are prevalent in the South Asian Community; however, the federal and state level data always bundle them up as a part of other Asian Pacific Islander groups and as a result, we had a limited understanding of the health issues specifically faced by our community. The information collected from the survey helped SEWA-AIFW create specific programs for South Asians. SEWA-AIFW also used this information to start a dialogue with the legislature and the service providers about ways to reduce health disparities in our community.
SPECIAL PROJECT - SAHAT [SOUTH ASIAN HEALTH SURVEY]
a) We hold FREE Health Clinics at a various community locations. These are staffed by culturally sensitive volunteer doctors. Doctors complete preliminary screenings, and provide referrals and health resources to participants.
b) Through our 24 Hours CRISIS HOTLINE (952) 912-9100, callers can be linked to South Asian social workers and psychologists to aid them with mental health concerns.
c) Our advocates provide resources and referrals for a variety of services, including FREE and LOW COST Health Clinics, FREE Counseling Centers, FREE OR LOW COST Mental Health Services, and many others depending on needs.
24x7 Crisis Line (952) 912 - 9100
Confidential & Culturally Specific Service