4256.0 Health of South Asian Americans

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
South Asians are one of the rapidest growing minority populations in the United States, and are often overlooked and/or understudies in discussions of Asian health disparities. In addition, this community is very heterogeneous, both culturally and in terms of destination of migration in the United States. This session will elucidate specific health issues pertinent to South Asian subgroups residing in various enclaves in the United States.
Session Objectives: At the end of the session, participants will be able to: (1) Describe three salient risk factors contributing to the overall health status of South Asian Americans; and (2) Discuss three culturally-specific strategies to address these risk factors.

South Asian immigrant perspectives on overweight, obesity, and the relationship between weight and health
Joyce Tang, MD, Maryann Mason, PhD, Robert Kushner, MD and Namratha R. Kandula, MD, MPH
Investigation of Metabolic Risk Factors in Asian Indians: A Report from the Diabetes among Indian Americans National Study
Ranjita Misra, PhD, Purushotham Kotha, MD, Krishnaswami Vijayaraghavan, MD, Thakor Patel, MD and Chirag B. Patel, MSE

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health
Endorsed by: Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community, APHA-Equal Health Opportunity Committee

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