Online Program

Social epidemiology of Asian and/or Pacific Islander health

Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
As the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community continues to become more diverse – in terms of ethnicity, culture, time and destination of migration, languages spoken, and generation – public health research must adapt to these dynamic patterns. This exciting session highlights the central role of social determinants and contexts in understanding the epidemiology of a wide range of health outcomes among API populations ranging from chronic illness to post-disaster mental health.
Session Objectives: Compare substance abuse patterns and trends among Asian and Pacific Islander subgroups in Los Angeles County. Describe the prevalence of US Samoan and Tongan chronic illness. Describe the prevalence of metabolic syndrome among rural/urban Indians and immigrant Asian Indians in the US. Explain how the social and geographical context can confound findings about post-Katrina health among Vietnamese and African-Americans in New Orleans.

Prevalence of hypertension and diabetes among Samoans and Tongans in California: Results from the Pacific Islander Health Study   
Sela V. Panapasa, PhD, James Jackson, PhD, Steven Heeringa, PhD, David R. Williams, PhD, MPH and James W. McNally, PhD
Metabolic syndrome and the Asian Indian diaspora   
Ranjita Misra, PhD, CHES, FASHA, Thakor Patel, MD and Padmini Balagopal, PhD RD
Differential post-disaster health of Vietnamese and African Americans living in adjacent communities flooded by Katrina   
Mark VanLandingham, MPH,PhD, David M. Abramson, PhD MPH, Yoon Soo Park, Ph.D. and Mengxi Zhang, MPH

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

Organized by: Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health
Endorsed by: Epidemiology, International Health, Oral Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Public Health Nursing, Socialist Caucus, Vietnam Caucus, Chiropractic Health Care, Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health, Disability

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)