222486 A Community Health Assessment of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders in California

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Winston Tseng, PhD , Health Research for Action, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Lois Takahashi, PhD , Department of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Diana D. McDonnell, PhD , Center for Family & Community Health, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, Berkeley, CA
Wendy Ho, MPA , Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, San Francisco, CA
Christina Lee , Health Research for Action, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Stephanie Wong , Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, San Francisco, CA
Background: A compendium of health information across communities of color does not exist in California (CA), particularly profiling diverse ethnic subgroups. The Ethnic Health Assessment Project headed by the California Program on Access to Care (CPAC) is a community-academic policy research study that examines the state of health across African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders. The CPAC, UC AAPI Policy Multi-Campus Research Program (MRP) and Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum have collaborated to assess and report on the state of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) health for this project. AA and NHPIs in CA now number over five million, comprising over 14% of the population.

Objective: The project examines the AA and NHPI socio-political history, demographic background, health and health care environment, and community health and health care priorities in California.

Method: The project utilizes secondary data analysis from several sources including California Health Interview Survey and U.S. Census as well published reports and articles.

Results: We will present the results of the AA and NHPI community health component, including the community assets and health disparities, and discuss the challenges and lessons learned from the project.

Conclusion: This project provides a better understanding of health assets and gaps among communities of color and supports the state legislature, other government agencies, and public health workers' efforts to effectively address health disparities as they strive to improve the state of health for all Californians.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the state of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) health disparities in California. 2. Articulate the impact of disaggregated AA and NHPI health data on effective policymaking. 3. Describe lessons learned for collaborating across institutions (university, elected officials and community groups) and communities of color.

Keywords: Community Health, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Principal Investigator for the 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.