Top image: Dancing at The Winter Garden, NY
In the works:
- A manifesto on aging individuals in India
10/2021: I wrote an article for the Global Mental Health Action Network (GMHAN) summarizing the mental health effects of widowhood in India. I make the case that widows in India form an unseen, unheard population, facing stigmatization from society and their families, and that much more needs to be done to de-stigmatize widowhood and its mental health effects in the Indian setting. You can read the article here.
9/2021: I wrote a book chapter on the state of health in the aging population in the United States. The book is edited by Edmond Fernandes and Indu Grewal, and can be found here. A PDF version of the abstract is below.
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6/2021: I wrote this article published in United for Global Mental Health on how tackling the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of the elderly will benefit us all.
8/2020 - present: Project coordinator, Research and academic initiative at Pallium India
- Collaborating efforts of international academicians and researchers to serve important needs for Pallium India as mentors, collaborative co-writers, editors for grants, research proposals and publications.
- Lead author on an accepted peer-reviewed paper on the ethical considerations of palliative care practitioners to offer the HPV vaccine to offer relatives of a patient suffering from cervical cancer. The paper can be found here.
- Developing quantitative and qualitative methods to serve to strengthen the work of palliative care in India.
- Highlighting narratives and reflective works to provide the social and emotional context of the communities Pallium India serves every day.
- Supporting fundraising efforts to hire a research officer to help build a foundation of needs-based research and quality improvement with well-designed studies to improve the care of people with health-related suffering. The GoFundMe link is here. We raised more than $16,000 to support these efforts.
- Developing a proposal for International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) to incorporate palliative care in the undergraduate medical education in India.
- Awarded a grant worth $7,000 over six months by the Global Research Partnership Award at the University of Iowa. This project aims to foster bilateral collaborations between Pallium India and University of Iowa to leverage their strengths to transform interdisciplinary communication and develop methods that work in high income and low-middle income palliative care health care settings.
- I also serve on the board of Pallium India USA and help guide advocacy, research, clinical, and quality improvement initiatives related to palliative care.
2/2021 - 9/2021: I helped guide a detailed qualitative and quantitative assessment of services offered by Maitri India to elderly, abandoned women in Vrindavan and Radhakund. Additionally, we assessed the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, loneliness, and psychosocial health in the abandoned women at this facility.