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Ankita Deka, Associate Professor of Social Work at Augsburg College
Formed in 2004, SEWA-AIFW is a non-governmental, nonprofit 501c3 organization committed to bringing total family wellness to the South Asian Indian community. According to the 2010 Census, the South Asian population is the second largest Asian Immigrant group in Minnesota, 38,000+. SEWA-AIFW serves the vulnerable and undeserved populations from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Trinidad, Guyana, and the Caribbean diaspora.
a) Monthly Lunch Events
b) House Visits
c) Quarterly Picnics
a) Monthly Clinic
- Blood Pressure
- Flu Shots
b) Annual Health Fair
- Access to Specialists
- Honoring Choices
Serve and promote “Total Family Wellness” for Asian-Indians in Minnesota by
- Addressing immediate needs of families in crisis.
- Providing outreach services to under-served communities.
- Promoting research to determine the services needed and to build bridges between the government, private foundations, and communities.
- Creating a group of trained volunteers sensitive to the ethnic and cultural needs of the Asian-Indian community.
Omesh Johar, Ph.D.
Omesh is an assistant professor at Central State University, in Ohio. He holds a PhD in Psychology from Iowa State University. He worked at the University of St. Thomas from 2014-2016, where he managed a behavioral research center. His research focuses on emotional experiences. He is passionate about social justice and human rights.
a) Community Outreach Quarterly Events:
b) Free Webinars
c) Domestic Violence Program
- Average 35-50 Calls
- Public Benefits
a) Immigration Assistance
b) Support for Human Trafficking Victims
c) Tobacco Prevention Campaigns
d) Smoke Free Homes Campaigns
e) Free Legal Clinics
f) Bhutanese Refugee Program
g) Senior Programs
24x7 Crisis Line (952) 912 - 9100
Confidential & Culturally Specific Service