South Asian Health
We provide a wide range of integrated health care services to more than 1.6 million people living in 20 communities in the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions in British Columbia.
To keep people as healthy as they can be, we focus on meeting the unique health challenges of different populations such as Aboriginal and South Asian peoples, seniors, women and people living with chronic diseases. There are over 240,000 South Asian residents in the Fraser Health region, representing 15% of the total population. Research has shown that people of South Asian descent are more likely to develop heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and diabetes - and ten years earlier - compared to other ethnic groups.
We have created a South Asian Health Institute to improve the health and health outcomes in a culturally appropriate way for the South Asian population. This is accomplished through innovative evidence-based care, research, and local, national and international partnerships.
Our programs and services support the South Asian population, and the following are also offered in Punjabi and other languages:
- Diabetes Services - A diabetes expert works with primary physicians to provide service in Punjabi and Hindi.
- Cardiac Services - The Punjabi language cardiac rehabilitation education program focuses on specific dietary and cultural challenges, as well as the unique stresses experienced by South Asians living with a high incidence of cardiac disease.
- Online health information materials - More than 200 written materials have been translated into Punjabi. Interpretive services are also provided in-person or over the phone at all hospitals.
- South Asian Health Centre - Through partnership with the Division of Family Practice in Surrey/North Delta, the South Asian Health Centre focuses on primary care and chronic disease management services, and responds to patient care needs in a culturally-tailored manner.
- New Canadian Clinics - Provides nursing, medical care, and social support for government-assisted refugees whose medical needs may be complicated by language, cultural, and knowledge barriers.
People of South Asian descent are three times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than people from other ethnic backgrounds.
Research has shown that people of South Asian descent are at greater risk of developing heart disease and stroke – and at a much earlier age – compared with other ethnic groups. Contributing to this risk is the greater chance of high blood pressure and diabetes among South Asians.
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