229769 Asian Pacific Community Health Action Model: The Arizona Experience

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Howard J. Eng, MS, DrPH , Southwest Border Rural Health Research Center, Center for Rural Health, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
A framework has been developed and implemented to mobilize the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community to address health-related needs in Tucson, Arizona. There are four components in the Asian Pacific Community Health Action Model: (1) Acquire Knowledge about API health issues, (2) Increase Health Issues Awareness in the API community, (3) Work with API Leaders from various ethnic communities to develop and implement an action plan, and (4) Work with Larger Community in addressing API health issues. In 2008, the model was developed to provide a framework for working with minority communities to address their health needs. The first two model components have been addressed (Acquire Knowledge - through health internet websites, health publications, and community surveys, focus groups and meetings, and Increase Health Issues Awareness Arizona API health information disseminated through the State of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Arizona Report in October 2008, Southern Arizona Asian American & Pacific Islander Conference in April 2009, and Asian and Pacific Islanders Community Health Assessment Meeting in February 2010). The Tucson API community has begun to address the last two components (Work with API Leaders a Health Work Group has been formed, and Work with Larger Community a partnership has been formed between the Asian Pacific Community in Action located in Phoenix with the Tucson API community). The model presented can be used by other API communities to address their health-related needs. This presentation describes the model implementation and the lessons learned.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe how to use the Asian Pacific Community Health Action Model to mobilize an Asian and Pacific Islander community to take action that will address health-related needs. Discuss how to bring together Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community leaders, faculty members, health professionals, and other interested parties in taking action to address API health-related needs. Identify the lessons learned using the Asian Pacific Community Health Action Model to mobilize the API community to take action in addressing health-related needs.

Keywords: Asian and Pacific Islander, Social Activism

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have presented this model in my class and public seminars as well developed the model and implemented the model in a real world situation.
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.