Grantee Blog

2020 and Beyond…

“The Sai Temple is a major religious and cultural center serving the South Asian community. It is located in South Plainfield, NJ in an area with a dense population of South Asian immigrants. It has a strong record of service to the community via blood drives, free food and clothing distribution, educational support, and disaster relief efforts.

The interactions with the temple devotees at the Sai Peetham Temple brought numerous requests for Diabetes Prevention Workshops. As a result of that, we have been able to procure funding for conducting the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). This is a year-long evidence-based program created by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). SATHI will meet with the Temple Leadership and discuss the kickoff event for the upcoming year in the first week of December. We plan to utilize the help of the advisors and volunteers to help create a healthier environment in the temple. During Diabetes Awareness Month in November 2020, we plan to organize multiple outreach events at the temple such as blood sugar tests, self-management workshops, and physical activity sessions.

We are looking forward to this new opportunity to serve the South Asian Community as Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes are at epidemic levels. We hope that our year-long efforts in 2020 will raise awareness and help in prevention and improved self-management of South Asians living with Diabetes.

About the Grantee

South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

SATHI The South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) was established in 2007 at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with the mission to improve health outcomes in South Asians living in the United States. SATHI serves as a platform to engage multidisciplinary professionals such as researchers, health practitioners, public health experts, community-based organizations and community members.

Strategy: Grantee Proposed Healthy Eating

Cohort: Central 1

Funder: SNAP-Ed

Cities: Franklin Trenton