218525 Addressing Health Disparities through Enabling Services at Community Health Centers Serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Rosy Chang Weir, PhD , Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Oakland, CA
Hui Song, MPH, MS , Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Oakland, CA
Jeffrey Caballero, MPH , Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Oakland, CA
Winston Tseng, PhD , Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Oakland, CA
Background/ Significance Gaps in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islander (AA&NHOPI) health data make it difficult to measure progress toward Healthy People 2010 objectives or initiatives to reduce health disparities. Only 0.2% of federally funded health research and 0.01% of Medline-indexed studies mention AA&NHOPIs. There continues to be very little research conducted and much work to do to address such disparities and the systematic barriers to healthcare faced by this culturally and linguistically diverse, rapidly growing population. Objective/ Purpose We will examine racial/ethnic disparities in enabling services and health data collected at the CHCs. Methods This project is a collaborative effort between the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and four community health centers (CHCs) serving primarily AA&NHOPIs. Enabling services are defined as non-clinical services including interpretation and case management that facilitate access and delivery of quality health care to medically underserved patients. The presentation will include analyses by race/ethnicity on enabling services and their impact on diabetes health outcomes. Results Preliminary results suggest that enabling services play a critical role in improving health outcomes and reducing disparities. Discussion/ Conclusions The information is useful for CHCs in their efforts to document enabling services utilization, guide effective resource allocation, as well as to support advocacy efforts for appropriate reimbursement and funding. Overall, the documentation and examination of enabling services supports national efforts to improve cultural and linguistic appropriate health care delivery and reduce and eliminate health disparities for underserved AA&NHOPI populations.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Assess how enabling services contribute to reduction of health disparities at community health centers 2. Describe enabling service utilization patterns by race/ethnicity and other demographics. 3. Identify racial/ethnic differences associated with the impact of enabling services on health outcomes.

Keywords: Asian and Pacific Islander, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversee various programs related to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) health issues.
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.