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Nadia Islam, PhD

Dr. Islam is the Deputy Director of Research within the Center for the Study of Asian American Health. She specializes in community based participatory methods and health disparities research within Asian American and immigrant communities, and has had extensive training in qualitative methods, cancer control research, and access to healthcare issues. Prior to working at CSAAH, Dr. Islam directed the New York site of AANCART, the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training based at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Through her work with AANCART, she was actively involved in building a sustainable network of community based organizations, health professionals, and activists to conduct health research in the South Asian community. Dr. Islam has also worked as the Linkage Coordinator at the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA), where she was responsible for establishing formal linkages with providers and organizations around New York City which could serve as potential sites for referral of HIV/AIDS patients of AAPI descent. Dr. Islam has completed several fellowships and internships focusing on community health issues, and is committed to community organizing around health issues for South Asian in NYC.

Dr. Islam received her PhD in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. For her dissertation, Dr. Islam conducted an ethnographic case study to understand how non-profit organizations serving South Asian immigrant workers in New York City engage in social movement strategies in the public health arena while simultaneously providing services to the community.


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