Swapna Dave, MPH, MBBS (Research Project Manager)

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I am a Public Health professional with extensive experience working on community-based research, and manage multiple NIH funded research projects focused on cardiovascular health in the South Asian community. I am passionate about Public Health and serve on the Skokie Board of Health. Working on the SAHELI study is personally as well as professionally fulfilling since I can help improve the health of my community. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and learning music with my daughter.

Jagruti Rawal (Information Specialist, NorthShore University Health System)

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I work at NorthShore University Health System PeriOp Business services in a non-clinical position, helping the patients and the community. Being a South Asian and a MASALA study participant, I understand the risk factors of cardiovascular disease. Proper diet and exercise has helped me lower my blood glucose level. Being a part of the SAHELI study team, I can share my personal experiences and achieve my goal of helping the community.

Radhika Sharma-Gordon (MPH Manager of Education and Outreach at Apna Ghar, Inc) (Coordinator of the Health Sciences Field Experience Program, Northeastern Illinois University)


I am a community health educator who has been working in the Chicago area since 1989 in a variety of community, county, and statewide nonprofit organizations. My work has focused on immigrant community health and violence prevention. I am drawn to the SAHELI study because I am a public health geek who wants to learn more about chronic disease risk and protective factors in South Asian communities. I live in Chicago and enjoy exploring the city, completing word games, and traveling with my family.

Rency Roy (Fitness Instructor, Skokie Park District)

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I am a group fitness instructor that will be teaching the fitness classes for the participants of this research study. I will be designing fun classes that provide a great workout for people of all levels of experience. Being from a South Asian background and passionate about health and fitness, this research project is something I look forward to in our community.   

Matthew O’Brien, MD (Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics) & Preventive Medicine)

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I am a primary care doctor and researcher focused on preventing diabetes and improving cardiovascular health in underserved communities. Most of my work has been based in U.S. Latino communities, including partnerships with non-profits, health systems, and other organizations. I like to bike to work (yes, all year round).