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The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act (H.R.

The South Asian American community across the US grew by nearly 40 percent between 2010 and 2017.

READ: One in four South Asians in US have diabetes: Study (December 23, 2019)Jayapal’s legislation would direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary to create grants, such as South Asian Heart Health Promotion Grants at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide funding for community groups involved in South Asian heart health promotion and to develop culturally appropriate materials to promote heart health in the South Asian community.

It would also direct the HHS Secretary to fund grants through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research on cardiovascular disease and other heart ailments among communities disproportionately affected by heart disease, such as South Asian populations living in the US, and develop a clearinghouse and web portal of information on heart health research, such as South Asian heart health.

It is endorsed among others by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, South Asian Public Health Association, Hindu American Foundation, Hindu American Physicians in Seva, South Asian Health Lifestyle Intervention and South Asian Heart Center.

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