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Network Matters
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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Network

February 2018

Saheli Boston Can Help Meet the Needs of South Asian Patients

Harvard Pilgrim is pleased to highlight the work being done at Saheli Boston, a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping local South Asian immigrants and their families, including those from India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Referrals and help for health care providers
As a leading authority on addressing the specific needs of the members of these communities for 21 years, with advocates who speak multiple South Asian languages, Saheli is an excellent resource for Harvard Pilgrim providers and their South Asian patients.

The volunteers at Saheli collaborate with many South Asian organizations, health care providers, and others to promote education and awareness about gender-based violence, as well as health and wellness issues. Providers can call Saheli at 866-472-4354 for help communicating with South Asian patients, to refer patients to Saheli for follow-up support and care, or to leverage Saheli’s resources to find physicians with linguistic and cultural expertise for referrals.

Saheli’s website offers extensive informational links dealing with topics ranging from mental health and substance abuse, to South Asian health, to senior citizens, and more.

Partnership with Harvard Pilgrim
One of Saheli’s areas of focus is on advocating against domestic violence and sexual assault, and for mental and physical health in the South Asian community.
Harvard Pilgrim began our collaboration with Saheli in 2013, in support of an ongoing effort to engage directly with the region’s diverse communities. Since then, they have remained a valued partner, and recently honored Harvard Pilgrim and Brenda Cole, Vice President of Marketplace Inclusion Development, with an award for “Commitment, Support and Friendship for South Asian Families.”

Saheli’s mission aligns with Harvard Pilgrim’s commitment to diversity and cultural responsiveness, which are the focus of our Center for Inclusion Initiatives. In support of inclusion efforts, Harvard Pilgrim created Eastern Harmony, a program that integrates the health and wellness practices of Eastern and Western medicine with our popular benefit plans to deliver an experience that values the beliefs, languages, and cultures of our Asian members.

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