Dr. T. G. patel
India is undergoing an epidemiological transition with both non-communicable and chronic diseases are the leading causes of death. Four studies in the state of Tamil Nadu and Gujarat showed marginalized access to health care. Seventy per cent of India lives in the villages (700 million people) and the importance of educating and delivery of healthcare to this large base of India in its resource-poor settings becomes an urgent and viable issue. Large-scale efforts to improve general awareness about diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, its risk factors, and to promote healthy lifestyles were lacking.
Ranjita Misra, PhD, CHES, FASHA
Dr. Misra is a Professor in the WVU School of Public Health and MPH Program Coordinator, Social and Behavioral Sciences; she also directs the Public Health Training Center and holds faculty appointment in the WVU Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Misra has a background in nutrition and terminal degree in health services. She is a health disparities researcher with a research focus on diabetes. She has conducted multi-center epidemiological and intervention studies examining prevalence and risk factors for metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease among multiethnic populations in the US with cross-cultural comparative studies in rural/urban India and Mexico. As a translational researcher she combines public health and clinical models of inquiry to examine factors that contribute to health disparity in underserved populations. As the project co-chairman, she has lead the team in planning, implementation and evaluation of this community-based program to improve access to care, lifestyle behavior and referrals in medically underserved communities. She serves as the SEVAK project evaluator and is primary contact for all request for data related activities and project report.