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Support & Action Towards Health Equity in India (SATHI) Initiative

UMMS Students Allison Earon and Anna Handorf (2nd and 4th from left, respectively) with Research Coordinators Dharti Patel and Ami Inamdar (1st and 5th from left, respective) and a Village Health Worker.               

Research Coordinator, Ami Inamdar, overseeing a participant using a mobile phone application as part of a pilot study regarding the use of mobile technology to diagnose atrial fibrillation. 

What is SATHI?
  • The Support & Action Towards Health Equity in India (SATHI) Initiative is a collaboration between the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and Charutar Arogya Mandal (CAM) ( CAM is a charitable trust that operates a tertiary care center, a medical school, and a nursing school in rural Gujarat, India. The word "sathi" means "partner" in the Hindi language. 
  • SATHI and Research and Advocacy for Health in India (RAHI), are two parallel collaborations between UMMS and CAM, that both aim to reduce health disparities in India through community-based research and advocacy efforts. SATHI focuses on educational collaborations and professional exchanges, RAHI focuses on research. 
Goal of SATHI
  • The goal of SATHI is to promote the health of people in Gujarat India through educational collaborations and professional exchanges among students, residents, researchers and other health professionals at UMMS and CAM universities.
Opportunities for UMMS students to participate
History & milestones
  • Summer 2013: A team of investigators led by Dr. Jeroan Allison, Vice-Chair of Quantitative Health Sciences, and Apurv Soni, MD-PhD student, were awarded 2013 Office of Global Health Pilot Project Award to conduct a prospective cohort study to monitor 200 pregnant women from first trimester to six months postpartum and evaluate nutritional, clinical, and psychosocial risk factors for adverse maternal and child outcomes.

UMMS and CAM signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding to support and enhance collaboration between the two institutions for medical education and population health research.

  • Summer 2014:  Haley Newman, Michaela Tracy, and Jasmine Khubchandani (Class of 2017) spent 6 months at CAM working on a maternal child health project after their 1st year of medical school. See Haley Newman's poster presentation from August 2014. 
  • Fall 2014: A team of investigators led by Dr. Heena Santry, Trauma Surgeon and Director of Surgical Research Scholars Program, and Dr. Abraham Jaffe, third year surgical resident, is implementing a trauma registry at CAM and conducting community based surveys to estimate community wide burden of mortality and long-term disability attributable to road traffic accidents.
  • Summer 2015: Five students from UMMS spent 4 to 6 weeks at CAM working on three different projects between their 1st and 2nd years of medical school:
  • Fall 2015: Two 5th year medical students from CAM plan to spend 4 weeks at UMMS doing clinical rotations. 
  • UMMS Institution Lead:  Melissa Fischer MD MEd, Associate Dean, Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
  • CAM: Dr. Somashekhar Nimbalkar,  Neonatologist and Head of Central Research Services, CAM
  • RAHI:  Apurv Soni,  UMMS MD-PhD candidate, Nisha Fahey, Des Moines University D.O. Candidate
  • UMMS Faculty Sponsors:  Jeroan Allison MD,  Heena Santry MD
  • UMMS Program Director:  Michael Chin, MD,  Director of the Global Health Pathway, UMMS
Resources for UMMS students & faculty planning a global health experience at CAM:

Students, faculty and other members of the UMMS community who are planning or considering an experience at CAM should review the list of selected resources, which includes the following:

  1. A Reference Guide For Students, Resident  & Faculty Visiting CAM

  2. Information regarding travel preparation

  3. Information regarding cultural competency, international health and development

Contact us

If you are a UMMS or a CAM student interested in participating in the SATHI partnership, then please email the following two contacts: