|Health Promotion & Physical EducationSrijana Bajracharya|
|Women and Minority Health, HIV in Native Americans|
Srijana Bajracharya's interest in health issues for women and minorities led her to conduct studies used to develop needs assessments for targeted communities in the U.S. and her native Nepal. One study conducted in the U.S. was designed to determine the barriers preventing adults from seeking screenings for colorectal cancer, the third most commonly occurring form of cancer that is likely curable if detected early. The study found five major barriers, the most common being fear of finding a problem. She presented her findings at the 2006 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. She has also studied HIV issues on a Native American reservation in Maine and the health status of Nepalese immigrants in the U.S. as well as drinking, drug use and driving among rural American youth and American students' perception of faculty whose native language is not English. Dr. Bajracharya focuses on under represented groups not commonly studied in minority needs assessments.
Besides a manual on peer health education for international student spouses, Dr. Bajracharya has published scholarly articles on community needs assessment, minority and women's health, employee's health/quality of life, and sustainability and health and wellness. One of 40 scholars from the U.S. invited to the Oxford Univ. Round Table discussions of community health, preventive medicine, and service-learning, she presented a paper on teaching sustainability in health discipline in Athens, Greece. She is fluent in English, Indian, and Nepalese.
Community needs assessment