“Diabetes and Cardiovascular Complications: Take Control to Lower Your Risk”

 FREE iCON (interCultural Online Network) Punjabi language health forum entitled Diabetes and Cardiovascular Complications: Take Control to Lower Your Risk! presented by the UBC Faculty of Medicine eHealth Strategy Office in partnership with BC Ministry of Health Patients as Partners Program and local community and health organizations.

People of South Asian descent have higher rates of diagnosed heart disease and diabetes compared with other multicultural populations in BC. With increasing prevalence, South Asian patients face a greater risk of developing complications that if left unmanaged, can negatively impact well-being and quality of life. To help patients take control of their health, iCON is hosting a health forum on the prevention and management of diabetes related illness of the kidneys, eyes, and the heart.


11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 2 (Open House and health exhibitions, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Also available via live webcast at iconproject.org


The Grand Taj Banquet Hall, Unit # 6 – 8388 128th Street, Surrey.


* Dr. Kendall Ho, MD FRCPC, Director, eHealth Strategy Office, Associate Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine UBC Faculty of Medicine

* Dr. Gulzar Cheema, MD, CCFP, iCON Medical Director, South Asian Division

* Dr. Sajal Jain, Internist

* Dr. Leena Jain, Internist and Geriatrician

* Priti Suri, Registered Dietitian

* Jay Bains, Community Liaison, iCON South Asian Division


Local experts will share the latest information on how to prevent and manage complications through self-management, healthy living, nutrition and more.

Presentations will be delivered in Punjabi and streamed live at iconproject.org making this education available to patients and families across the province.

Audience members are encouraged to come prepared with questions to ask the community health panel during the forum’s question and answer session.

The Open House will feature community booth exhibitions where attendees can learn about support programs in their community and pick-up health resources in their language.

Attendees will also experience the “Virtual Clinic” where participants can explore how eHealth technologies such as mobile apps and smartphones can help them in managing their health. Participants will be able to have their risk factors for disease assessed, learn where to get information on preventing and managing disease, and explore how technology can help them be as healthy as possible.

iCON health forums have reached more than 10,000 people.

Another full house is anticipated for this event, reaching Punjabi-speaking individuals managing a chronic disease, their family members and friends, and those who are interested in learning about disease prevention.


To support community members at risk for or living with diabetic and cardiovascular disease complications in making positive changes for optimal health. iCON public health forums and webcasts are unique in the field of delivering culturally tailored health care information and are streamed live all over the world allowing a greater number of people to access culturally relevant health information in real time.

This exciting innovation makes iCON public health forums unique and effective in promoting healthy living in BC and beyond.