4202.0 Advancing the Health of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders: An Under-recognized Community in the U.S

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 2:30 PM
Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (i.e., people having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands) generally experience poorer health than the U.S. population as a whole: they are more at risk for developing and dying from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases (CDC, 2007). Factors contributing to poor health outcomes include cultural barriers, limited access to health care, and poor nutrition and lifestyle. This session will focus on the innovative programs, methodologies, and research to address the needs of this vulnerable population.
Session Objectives: Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, the participant (learner) will be able to: 1. describe opportunities and challenges in using existing health data on Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islander communities; 2. articulate cancer health disparities facing Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islander communities and innovative programs to address these disparities; and 3. describe a participatory research model to advance Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander health.

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Fahina Pasi, BS, Ivoni Nash, BS, Sione Kaisa Lui, BS, Richard Bullough, PhD and Brenda Ralls, PhD
2:45 PM
Understanding knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding breast and cervical cancer screening among Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian women
Jessica Lee, BA, Jeff Dang, MPH, Jacqueline Tran, MPH, Mary Anne Foo, MPH, Sora Park Tanjasiri, DrPH, Tu-Uyen Nguyen, PhD, MPH, Annalyn Valdez, MPH and Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, PhD, RN, MN

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of APHA
Endorsed by: Women's Caucus, Socialist Caucus, HIV/AIDS, Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health, American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing