3106.0 South Asian Public Health Association Symposium

Monday, November 5, 2007: 10:30 AM
South Asian Americans (i.e., individuals with origins from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other areas of the Diaspora) are the third largest Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) group, totaling about 2 million. The South Asian American population more than doubled between 1990 and 2000, with some subpopulations—Bangladeshis—increasing by 385%(U.S. Census, 2000). In spite of calls for disaggregated data among AAPI populations, there is a lack of data examining social, behavioral, and health determinants among various South Asian American subgroups (e.g. gender, generational status, and region of origin). The increase in the South Asian population in the United States, coupled with the great diversity within the community, poses a challenge for public health professionals. Despite their large growth, research on health issues facing South Asian Americans remains limited.
Session Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, the participant (learner) will be able to: 1) recognize both the existing and emerging health issues in the South Asian American community; 2) articulate the intersection between various cultural factors and implications for public health research and practice; 3) recognize the socio-cultural determinants of health among South Asian subpopulations in the U.S. as highlighted in the presentations; and 4) understand the association between cultural norms, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and health outcomes in the South Asian American community.
Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH

10:30 AM
Smokeless Tobacco Product Use among South Asian Americans
Neetu Chawla, MPH, Beth Glenn, PhD, Zul H. Surani, BS, Minal Patel, MPH and Roshan Bastani, PhD
10:45 AM
Conceptual models of health and disease among South Asian immigrants
Manasi A. Tirodkar, PhD, MS, Neerja Khurana, BDS, MPH, Muhammad W. Paracha, MD, MPH, David W. Baker, MD, MPH and Namratha R. Kandula, MD, MPH
11:00 AM
A Population Based Multi-Site Study Of Metabolic Syndrome among immigrant Asian Indians in the United States and Indians in India
Ranjita Misra, PhD, Thakor Patel, MD, Padmini Balagopal, MS, CDE, N. Kamalamma, PhD, Anoop Misra, MD and Naval Vikram, MD
11:15 AM
South Asian women's perceptions and preferences for care: A cross-sectional survey
Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD, Amina Merchant, John H. Rogers, MPH and Usha Menon, PhD, RN

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

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