4011.0 Mental Health & Substance Abuse among Asians & Pacific Islanders

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:30 AM
This session focuses on mental health issues and tobacco use among Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This session examines how cultural, psychosocial, and environmental factors shape the understanding and the detection of different mental health disorders, which will be paramount to raising awareness about and improving approaches targeting these understudied issues among the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
Session Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: (1) Learn how cultural, psychosocial, and environmental factors influence tobacco use among Asian American communities in Maryland; (2) Describe the prevalence of depression and suicidal ideation and whether perceived racial discrimination and family cohesion are are associated with depression and suicidal ideation among Asian American men and women in the United States; (3) Examine the role of generational status, ethnicity, and mental disorders in provider inquiry of mental health status among Asian Americans; (4) Articulate the difference between Asian Indian immigrants and Caucasians in their presentation of mental illness and the effect of socio-cultural factors on beliefs about mental illness in Asian Indian immigrants; (5) discuss basic information about epilepsy knowledge, attitudes, and practices among Chinese and Vietnamese people living in the United States; and (6) Formulate recommendations for intervention, practice, and policy implications.
Lily Ann Divino, LCSW, MPH

8:30 AM
Psychosocial, cultural, and environmental predictors of tobacco use among Asian Americans in Maryland
Sunmin Lee, ScD, MPH, Jamie Kimberly Lok, BS, CHES, Eva Sharma, BS, Ying Wang, MA, Rajiv Ulpe, MDS and Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD
8:45 AM
9:30 AM
KAPE (Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice towards Epilepsy) survey for Chinese and Vietnamese populations in the US
Kenny Chung, Susan L. Ivey, MD, MHSA, Wenting Guo, Kevin Chung, Catherine Nguyen, Corina Chung, Christine Nguyen and Winston Tseng, PhD

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Organized by: Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)