Virtual South Asian Health Conference is shifting discourse and finding solutions on BC’s South Asian population’s health post COVID-19

COVID-19’s spike for British Columbia’s South Asian populations has underlying factors — chronic illness, culturally ineffective health system gaps, and lack of data/analysis. The 2021 Canada India Network Society Conference will be hold a virtual South Asian focused health conference on June 18-20, 2021 will focus on these topics and more. 

Surrey, BC – COVID-19’s spike for British Columbia’s South Asian populations has underlying factors — chronic illness, culturally ineffective health system gaps, and lack of data/analysis. The 2021 Canada India Network Society Conference will be hold a virtual South Asian focused health conference on June 18-20, 2021 will focus on these topics and more.

2021s conference titled, “Lowering the Burden of Chronic Disease through Integrative Thinking to Integrated Medicine – Voices from the Trenches” focuses on lowering the burden of chronic diseases through integrative thinking. The three day, South Asian focused virtual conference will include engaging panels to discuss integrated thinking to integrated medicine in the context of COVID-19. Also including, how integrated thinking can lower the burden of chronic disease. Speakers include some of Canada and India’s most forward-thinking healthcare professionals and yoga experts.

“There needs to be an urgent call of action on chronic illness like diabetes and hypertension for South Asians, particularly amidst COVID when we saw the health disparities. Part of this is patients need to be empowered and to take ownership of their health through integrative, culturally effective means,” says Dr Arun Garg, founder of Canada India Network Society.

“A big role is understanding the health system’s structural issues that are relevant to the South Asian community, because gaps exist. Bringing attention to this area of research and advocacy is crucial to understand why South Asians are at a higher risk for diabetes and hypertension. Chronic diseases are an epidemic in the community. However, there is very little conversation that takes place to inform the public that risk factors for South Asian are more than their diets. Chronic illness is complex and intersectional and includes a plethora of social and behavioral factors and needs to be understood through the lens of social determinants of health.”

This South Asian specific conference features an outstanding agenda with globally recognized experts from health care organizations, academia and technology. Future perspectives, new research, treatment, social/public policy and prevention, as well as innovation, particularly focusing on health and economic recovery will be showcased throughout the conference. Open to the public, particularly those interested in South Asian health. 250+ attendees registered thus far include researchers, clinicians, public health providers, health innovation professionals, public policy advisors, health care professionals, physicians, health care associations, and government agencies.

About the Conference 
Happening from June 18 to 20, virtually over Zoom, the focus of CINI 2021 is “Lowering the Burden of Chronic Disease throughIntegrative Thinking to Integrated Medicine – Voices from the Trenches”. There will be three days of in-depth, engaging panels to discuss integrated thinking context of COVID-19. Also including, how integrated thinking can lower the burden of chronic disease. Speakers include some of Canada and India’s forward-thinking healthcare professionals and yoga experts.

Day 1 – Lowering the Burden of Chronic Disease and Integrative Thinking for Sustainable Health Post-COVID

Day 2 – Voices from the Trenches – projects and innovations for a healthy civil society and economic recovery

Day 3 – Experiential Yoga and its integrative health impact

Overall, the diverse range of conference speakers will discuss issues of health and inequity, focusing on South Asians. Like in past conferences, CINI 2021 will conclude with a series of recommendations to operationalize and improve the health equity of South Asians and aim to work with the current government to research, advocacy, and development of a health strategy specific to South Asians.

This format has been successful in past conferences and has resulted in the following successes:

  1. SAHI – establishment of Fraser Health’s South Asian Health Institute
  2. SEHAT – the creation and strategy of the award winning advocacy program, Sehat that focuses on community-based outreach and partners with South Asian places of worship. During the pandemic, Sehat and SAHI’s foundational work was used in the community based-outreach of vaccines.
  3. LEADS Leadership in India – Creation of an educational offering in partnership with CAHO for health providers in India so they can transform health care leadership using the five principles of LEADS Global (www.leadsglobal.ca). The program is widely used in Canada, but has been culturally adapted to support health in India and urgently needed as COVID has demonstrated.

The 2021 conference is designed to support and facilitate links between Canada and India through specific projects and in reimagine solutions for economic recovery post-COVID through the lens of health and health projects.

Conference Supported by Major Organizations 
Fraser Health, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, GAPIO, Consulate General of India, Government of British Columbia, International Day of Yoga, India@75, Surrey Board of Trade, City of Surrey, CAHO, Leads Global, S-VYASA, MD Financial Management, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, University of British Columbia, Institute of Health System, Dr. Rogers Prize, Doctors of BC, Heartfulness, Royal Columbia Hospital Foundation, Surrey Hospitals Foundation, KidneyFoundation, Arkaya, Sansar, PISA, Vyasa Canada, Arogya, Canadian Liver Foundation, Canadian Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage, and many  other community organizations.

Complimentary Press Passes 
CINS is currently offering free press passes to this event. If interested in receiving a press pass, please contact Jessie at Ph: 604.803.1406 Email: jessie@jkaurmediapr.ca.

Registration Information
Full details for the conference, including registration and list of speakers/bio, are available at www.thecins.org.

ADDITIONAL QUOTE: “While the focus for this conference is to bring together health experts in a South Asian health context and find ways to transform the health system from a sickness model to a wellness model of care. The end goal is to ensure that all peoples form all places and all races be provided the highest quality of care that is respectful of all cultures and beliefs,”  saysDr. Arun Garg, Chair of CINI 2021 and CINS.  “To achieve this, we need to understand there are gaps in the health system and close them in culturally effective ways.”

About CINS  
CINS is a non-profit organization that conceptualizes, collaborates, and coordinates between people, organizations, and institutions to improve the health of people of Canada and India. Focusing on research, innovation, education, and advocacy, CINS creates and supports projects in India and Canada in addition to organizing workshops and conferences, year-round. (thecins.org)

 

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