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186638 Health Policy Actions for the Minority Within and Beyond Minority Borders: Priorities and Action Plans for Improving Asian American Health in Maryland
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Background: Due to a lack of health advocacy, Asian Americans are confronting challenges characterized by a rapid population growth and widening health disparities owing to poor health awareness and excess healthcare access barriers.
Objective: Supported by the Asian American Health Initiative of Montgomery county, Maryland, this project aimed at developing practical action plans that include priorities for both short-term and long-term actions for this Asian community.
Methods: The research team led by UM-SPH researchers conducted 19 focus groups in 13 Asian American communities including 7 under-represented communities in year 2007. Open-ended questions were used to collect qualitative data on health needs, access, community health resources, and particular health programs for consideration.
Results: Three recurring themes emerging from across study groups: access to preventive and curative health services, knowledge and awareness of health and disease prevention, and expressed needs and interests of stronger partnerships. Short term action plans seek to: strengthen access to and utilization of health care services; improve access to health information; expand health promotion and prevention programs for the unique chronic illnesses to Asian Americans; and further county-community relationships to address health issues. Long term plans include: enhance health data collection, analysis, and dissemination; empower CBO/FBO to expand health programs and make health a priority with community; and develop policy by collaborating with Asian-American organizations nationwide.
Discussion: The results reflect a genuine collaborative effort among local public health agencies, thirteen Asian community, and academia. It affords opportunities for making health improvements and reducing health disparities for the populations.
Keywords: Minority Health, Public Health Policy
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was a co-investigator of this project and have several prior work in the field of health disparities.
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.