205060 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Health in California Report: A State-Level Collaboration and Analysis

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 12:45 PM

Winston Tseng, PhD , Health Research for Action, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Ninez Ponce, MPP, PhD , Department of Health Services, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Paul Ong, PhD , Professor, School of Public Affairs/Professor, Asian American Studies/Director, UC AAPI Policy Multi-campus Research Program, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Yen Ling Shek , UC AAPI Policy Multi-Campus Research Program, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Selena Ortiz, MPH , School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Melissa Gatchell, MPH , Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
A compendium of health information on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) does not exist in California (CA), particularly profiling ethnically diverse subgroups. AANHPIs in CA now number over five million, comprising over 14% of the population. To address this information gap, the state's API Joint Legislative Caucus collaborated with the UC AAPI Policy Multi-Campus Research Program to assess the state of AANHPI health in CA. The project examined population characteristics; immigration and language; social determinants; health care system, behavioral risk factors; and health status. The project utilized secondary data analysis from several sources including U.S. Census and California Health Interview Survey as well published reports and articles. Select findings include AANHPIs are the only racial group for whom the leading cause of death is cancer with higher rates among AA and NHPIs than other racial groups; Filipinos (46%) and NHPI (70%) adults are overweight or obese compared with state average (34%); AANHPIs account for the largest proportion of TB and chronic hepatitis B cases with a majority among the foreign-born. This project provides a better understanding of AANHPI health system gaps and supports the state legislature, other agencies, and public health workers' efforts to effectively address AANHPI needs as they strive to improve the state of health for all Californians.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the state of AANHPI healthy disparities in CA. 2. Articulate the impact of disaggregated AANHPI health data on effective policymaking. 3. Describe lessons learned for collaborating across institutions (university, elected officials and community groups).

Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was involved in planning and writing-up of this policy report and has expertise in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander health research.
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.