Employer Services for South Asians
South Asians, who include individuals from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and nearby regions, have the highest worldwide risk of diabetes and heart disease. These also happen to be the two costliest health conditions today's employers face. Indians who have migrated to the US typically experience significant weight gain and an increase in their risk factors for early heart disease and diabetes. Studies also show that South Asians typically develop heart disease and diabetes about 10 years earlier than other ethnic groups. For companies who employ a large number of South Asians, this means higher health care costs over a longer period of time. Limited health education materials and resources have made it even more challenging to take care of this high risk employee demographic.
Services Offered for South Asian Employees
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation has created multiple resources to assist employers in improving the health of their South Asian employees. If you are interested in any of these services, contact our Employer Services Manager at (650) 934-8613. Our services include the following:
- PHP-SA (Personalized Health Program-South Asian) This is an innovative South Asian wellness program that has culturally tailored and personalized content delivered to employees over 12 weeks. The program is completely online, making it convenient for today's busy employee and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. PHP-SA has the option of being completely self-directed or can include health coaching from one of our South Asian experts. Whether you eat a North Indian, South Indian, Western or mixed diet, the program creates custom information tailored to your specific dietary and lifestyle preferences. For more information, review our PHP-SA program brochure.
- Employee Lecture Series Dr. Ron Sinha and his team at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation offer an extensive lecture series on some of the most common conditions today's employees face. The lectures are split into "Heart, Mind and Body." Several of these lectures are available in a South Asian version to address the unique risks and dietary habits of South Asians. Review the Heart-Mind-Body Menu of Lectures for more information. Lectures can also be created or customized to fit your company's needs.
- South Asian Consult Service The co-founders of the PRANA website, Dr. Ronesh Sinha and Dr. Latha Palaniappan, offer a 60 minute South Asian consult visit to all South Asians who have one or more risk factors (cholesterol, blood sugar, weight, blood pressure, etc.). This service is open to both PAMF and non-PAMF patients. To learn more about this service, visit our South Asian consult page.
- PRANA Website and Newsletter Employees can visit the PRANA website for comprehensive health resources tailored to South Asian adults and children. At the bottom of this page is a sign-up form for our South Asian wellness newsletter which can provide employees with up to date South Asian health information and tips on nutrition, exercise and stress reduction. Newsletter information can also be sent to interested employees in the form of monthly tips to keep them motivated.
- Executive Health Program link The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Executive Health Program is designed to accommodate the unique health care needs and time constraints of corporate executives. For South Asian executives, this service can be used in conjunction with the South Asian consult service to provide the highest level of culturally tailored medical care. Visit the Executive Health Program site for more information.
- Research All of the South Asian content presented in the wellness services are based on the latest research. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation has a dedicated research center that has access to the largest known cohort of South Asian patients on an electronic medical record. Our researchers, lead by Dr. Latha Palaniappan, have access to extensive data on South Asians and their disease risk. Dr. Palaniappan and her research team received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a five-year study on diabetes and its risk factors among the six largest Asian ethnic groups in California – Asian Indians, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese. For more information on her research and a listing of recent studies done on South Asians, go to our research page.