183204 Tobacco use and cessation among Asian Oregonians: A community-based participatory approach for reducing tobacco related health disparities in the Asian population

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jennifer Kue, PhD Candidate , Department of Public Health, Oregon State University, Portland, OR
Elizabeth Takahashi , Portland, OR
Carrie J. Furrer, PhD , NPC Research, Portland, OR
Asian Oregonians tend to be underrepresented in tobacco use prevalence surveillance and underserved for tobacco cessation. To begin to fill the data gap on Asian Oregonian tobacco use and cessation needs, the Asian Family Center (AFC) initiated a two-phase, mixed methods study exploring factors that influence tobacco use and cessation among Asian Oregonians. Taking a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach, AFC partnered with the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) and a private research firm (NPC Research) to answer questions such as: 1) Is linguistic acculturation related to tobacco use and access to cessation resources?; 2) What demographic characteristics are related to tobacco use?; and 3) Are perceptions of harm of tobacco use related to access to cessation resources? In this presentation, we will first describe the process through which the project was developed using a CBPR approach. CBPR differs from traditional research methods by engaging stakeholders through ongoing dialogue meant to facilitate shared learning and power about design, data collection, and use of information. Second, we will explain how we implemented the quantitative phase of the project, a mailed survey (translated into seven different Asian languages) that reached approximately 1300 adult Asian Oregonians, and share some initial findings. Third, we will describe how we conducted 30 in-depth interviews with Asian Oregonians who self-identified as current smokers, and reveal some of the barriers to accessing cessation services. Finally, we will discuss the successes and challenges faced throughout the process and present strategies for dealing with challenges as they arise.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the smoking prevalence among the Asian population in Oregon. Discuss the steps used to co-create and administer a survey in multiple Asian languages as part of a community-based research project. Discuss collaborative research process between community-based organization, state public health agency, and private research firm. Identify the challenges of integrating research capacity into a community-based organization.

Keywords: Asian Americans, Community Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator on this research project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.