142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Building community coalitions to reduce health disparities in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Andrea Caracostis, MD, MPH , Asian American Health Coalition dba HOPE Clinic, Houston, TX
According to an Asian American Health Needs Assessment conducted in 2005 in Houston, approximately 20 percent of the local Chinese population and 30 percent of the Vietnamese lack health insurance. Publicly funded services are difficult to acquire and present multiple hurdles. The Houston Asian American Health Collaborative (AAHC) was established with the mission to reduce health disparities of vulnerable Asian Americans (AAs) and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) in Houston in a coordinated way by strengthening the capacity of local AA community-based organizations. While capitalizing on local assets AAHC aimed to build its capacity to empower member organizations and the local AA community to proactively address health disparities and positively impact policy and systems change; reduce health disparities related to cancer and other chronic diseases prevalent among Houston’s AA population; and affect policy and systems change locally and at a broader level

Cancer burden for AAs and NHPIs of Houston was reduced by increasing access for the AA and NHPI populations to cancer prevention, intervention, and coordinated referrals; disseminating knowledge and findings among local stakeholders and nationally; empowering community and collaborative organizations to engage in policy and systems change efforts; and strengthening and ensuring long-term successes and viability of collaborative. Other activities included providing outreach and promoting cancer screening activities, which included utilizing social media and collaborating with other organizations and developing an evidence-based cancer prevention work plan to collectively address cancer burden and disparities in the AA and NHPI communities. The joint collaborative efforts of providing cancer prevention education while offering cancer screening services is a unique opportunity that AAHC hopes to build as part of an evidence-based plan. In addition, capacities have been built within other organizations and professionals in that they will continue to become more aware of the importance of cancer education and screening activities.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify strategies for building community coalitions

Keyword(s): Asian and Pacific Islanders, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the CEO of the Asian American Health Coalition (HOPE Clinic) in Houston. and have a long record of dedication to special populations and CHCs. I have worked 10 years with the community & migrant health centers with special populations. I worked and provided technical assistance in Migrant Health Centers & Migrant Clinicians Network. Iíve also been active in the BPHC's Health Disparities Collaborative and a member of many national health care advisory committees.
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.