North American Disease Intervention (NADI) aims to:
Raise awareness and provide the tools necessary for the self-sustainable maintenance and prevention of hypertension and hyperglycemia.
Understand the epidemiology of hypertension and hyperglycemia and promote preventative care through lifestyle changes.
Utilize the newest research to interpret blood pressure and blood glucose
Perform comprehensive blood pressure and blood glucose examinations using minimal, public-accessible equipment that may otherwise not be done in primary care offices.
Since our inception, we have:
held 300+ free health screenings
helped 10,000+ members of the community
organized 1000+ volunteer hours
NADI is a community service-oriented organization and registered nonprofit that strives to raise awareness about preventable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Our organization holds free community health screenings where individuals can get their blood pressure, blood sugar and other vital signs checked. By providing educational tools and vital sign measurements, we aim to educate the public on leading a healthy lifestyle.
NADI was founded by Aayush Visaria at Rutgers University - New Brunswick in 2014. In 2015, David Lo joined NADI and later came on as co-founder and Chief Finance Officer to help grow and expand the company.The two were inspired to create NADI after noticing that there was a lack of awareness about diabetes and hypertension in the community. In addition, they noticed that there was a lack of clinical opportunities for students. Many students they met were genuinely interested in pursuing medicine but were stressed out because they couldn't find any immediate, long-term clinical opportunities. The ones that they could find either took many months to just get off the waitlist, required them to spend hundreds of dollars, or were not long-term and did not offer hands-on clinical experience. With the internet offering billions of pages of healthcare advice, it would seem that people are taking better control of their health and are being properly informed of health risky behaviors. However, that is not the case. The incidence of diabetes and hypertension is increasing in all age groups, including the younger generation, and the wealth of access to knowledge has also led to a wealth of misguided information. They realized from this experience that even if many people know what actions they should be taking, if there is no symptomatic change or awareness of one’s personal health then action won’t be taken.
Even from a research standpoint, the co-founders noticed several gaps and uncertainties within the diagnostic criteria of highly prevalent chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. They also noticed the increasing difficulty and stress for students to get accepted into health professional schools due to the increasing reliance on holistic measures: essay, interview, clinical, and research experiences.
Thus, NADI was created to address these problems by 1) providing resources, training, and experiences for students to improve their applications and gain valuable healthcare experience; 2) having these students perform clinical health screenings in the community and raise preventative healthcare awareness; 3) holding clinical screening events frequently and at various community locations that are convenient to everyone and that would usually not be accessed by bigger groups like hospital systems; and 4) conduct community-level and survey research studies to determine underlying social, behavioral, and cultural factors in association with chronic disease.
Together, Aayush and David hope to not only improve the health of people across North America, but also help train the future health professionals of tomorrow.
We Would Love to Have You Join our team or attend a NAdi activity!