South Asian Health Needs Assessment(SAHNA) Research Study

The Release of South Asian Health Needs Assessment (SAHNA) Survey Results to the Community by Hon Consul General Mr P Harish. This multi-year, multi-phased health study, conducted in collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center, is expected to provide a better understanding and insight into the health issues facing our community living in the Greater Houston area. Over 1,500 Indian American families participated in this survey

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The Indian American Cancer Network (IACAN) with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center had conducted a landmark health survey of Asian Indians living in the Houston Metropolitan Area. This  survey was administered at several community events. Please join us to find out the results. ~~


·         The SAHNA research survey will help us understand the health status and health needs of the rapidly growing Asian Indian community.

·         Results will inform healthcare providers, researchers, and policy makers on the best ways to address Asian Indian health issues.

·         Data from the survey may be used to apply for funding for programs to improve health in our community.

The participants are Asian India adult, 18 years and older, live in Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria or Galveston counties, able to read and understand English or Hindi. Only 1 member per household was included to get the entire community's percepective.

About the SAHNA Research Study

Why is this research study important?

The SAHNA research study is important because in spite of Asian Indians being the second largest Asian group in the Houston area, little is known about their health needs and cancer needs. Yet, many Asian Indians are experiencing serious, health conditions because they are often unaware of the resources available to them for screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other chronic diseases This survey will collect data from Asian Indian community members about their health status and the barriers they face in accessing health information and health care, so programs can be developed to address those needs. 

When  was the survey conducted ?

The SAHNA survey was administered at several community events from August 24 to October 31 2013.

Who  participated in the survey?

Many Asian Indian, 18 years or older living in Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston or Brazoria county. They had to to be able to read English or Hindi and only one member of your household may participate in the survey. Participants were asked to provide their home address to verify that only 1 person from that address is participating The goal is to have 1500 Asian Indians complete the survey.

Why only 1 person per household?

To obtain responses from a diverse sample of people in the community, we must allow only one respondent per household. Otherwise, the results will not reflect the entire community’s perspectives.

Was the data kept  confidential?

Yes. No names were asked for in the survey. The interviewers had to  complete the training in the proper conduct of research. All the information was stored in secure encrypted databases.

How long does the survey take to complete? What kinds of questions are included?

Each survery took  from 10-20 minutes to complete.  The questions were about the individuals physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use, cancer and preventive health screening, health conditions, weight, height, access to health care. And also some background about education, occupation, and income. All questions were optional.

SAHNA Research Group

Dr. Beverly Gor,, (713) 563-2750

Dr. Mala Pande,, (713) 745-5625

IACAN at, (713) 370-3489