Partnering with the best in health and education
We partner with the leading health and educational institutions to explore and study problems that concern our culture the most.
We have collaborated with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine to teach the South Asian community how to make important dietary changes, engage in an active lifestyle, reduce stress, and lose weight to reduce or prevent their chances of stroke and/or heart attacks We also partner with the Asian Health Coalition on two projects.
The first is the Pink Pashmina project which offers free breast cancer screenings and mammograms to South Asian woman. The second is to provide our community with free screening and testing for Hepatitis B.
Awareness sessions: MAFS brought on board leading psychiatrists- Dr. Shastri Swaminathan, Dr. Viji Susarla and Dr. Tapan Parikh to conduct talk sessions on mental health via zoom. These sessions were very valuable in spreading awareness about common mental health problems, their symptoms, and importance of seeking professional help.
Mental health screening: MAFS has collaborated with Dr. Viji Susarla to conduct a basic mental health screening/testing for depression and anxiety amongst seniors. The tool used are questionnaires translated in Hindi and Gujarati for easy comprehension and accuracy of responses. Based on the assessment results, MAFS will recommend resources to the needy clients for further consultation and treatment.
Starting January 2021, MAFS will be partnering with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign on a research study. The goal is to understand the role that family caregivers of older South Asian immigrants may have as “sociocultural navigators” with the health care system, including their experiences, challenges, and concerns. We will recruit participants and the research findings will identify the issues and needs of family caregivers of the older immigrants our organization serves. It may also positively impact the policies and practices around health care delivery for older immigrants for whom effective care may require the participation of family caregivers.