247971 A Community Health Assessment of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Adolescents in California

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 1:30 PM

Winston Tseng, PhD , Health Research for Action, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Wendy Ho, MPA , Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, San Francisco, CA
Lois Takahashi, PhD , Department of Urban Planning, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Diana D. McDonnell, PhD , Center for Family & Community Health, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, Berkeley, CA
Ninez Ponce, MPP, PhD , Department of Health Services, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Background: A compendium of health information across communities of color does not exist in California (CA), particularly profiling diverse ethnic subgroups. The CPAC, UC AAPI Policy MRP and Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) have collaborated to assess and report on the state of AA and NHPI health, including featuring new information on California's adolescents by race and ethnicity.

Objective: The presentation examines the health status and healthcare access among AA and NHPI adolescents as well as their community health and health care priorities.

Method: The project utilizes secondary data analysis from several sources including California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) and U.S. Census (aggregated 2006-2008 American Community Survey) as well published reports and articles.

Results: We will present the results of the state of AA and NHPI adolescent health, including the community assets and health disparities, and discuss the challenges and lessons learned from the project. For the first time, key health system factors such as healthcare coverage, usual source of care, and emergency room use are disaggregated by 17 AA subgroups and 5 NHPI subgroups in California. In addition new data by AA and NHPI subgroups on neighborhood health, sexual history, and sexually transmitted disease screening are reported.

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

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

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the adolescent disparities in health status and healthcare access by AA and NHPI subgroups. 2. Articulate the value of community-based participatory research that includes a strong policy component. 3. Describe the challenges of data collection among adolescents and small populations.

Keywords: Adolescent Health, Asian and Pacific Islander

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Principal Investigator for this Ethnic Health Assesment 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.