The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

4186.0: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 3:15 PM

Abstract #74242

California Health Interview Survey: Finally, population-based health data on Asian subgroups, and a decent sample of the NHOPI group

Ninez Alafriz Ponce, MPP, PhD, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, UCLA School of Public Health, Box 951772, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772, 310/206-4021,

The California Health Interview Survey 2001 (CHIS 2001) provides an unprecedented source of population-based data on the health of Asians, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (ANHOPIs). CHIS 2001 is the largest state health survey in the U.S., with information on 55,428 adults, 5,801 adolescents and 12,592 children. CHIS 2001 also includes oversamples of certain counties and racial/ethnic groups. For ANHOPI health, what distinguishes CHIS 2001 from other major health surveys is in its oversample of Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian, South Asian and Japanese respondents; its translation and administration in several Asian languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese and Khmer, in addition to English and Spanish; and its cultural review of survey items. In addition, several survey items related to immigration, citizenship, and generation status enrich the analysis of several Asian and Pacific Islander subgroups that have a high proportion of immigrants in their population.

The CHIS 2001 random sample yields approximately 4000 Asians and over 200 Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI). The oversample file yields an additional sample of over 3000 Asians. Thus in a combined random and oversample dataset, CHIS 2001 facilitates subgroup analysis for Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian, South Asian and Japanese respondents, and to some extent for the aggregate category of NHOPI. For these ANHOPI subgroups, we will present estimates on the prevalence rates of asthma and diabetes and utilization rates of preventive cancer screening tests. Information by this disaggregated level demonstrates the important within-group differences that warrant policies targeting specific ethnic groups and programs with tailored interventions.

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Keywords: Asian and Pacific Islander, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

The Documentation, Measurement, and Amelioration of Health Disparities Within API Populations

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA