Addressing Health Needs and Concerns in the Filipino Population
METHODS: A comprehensive health needs assessment was administered to 200 Filipinos in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The instrument with a broad range of health themes was developed and pilot tested in English and Tagalog. The survey was administered in small groups at churches and community centers.
RESULTS: Mostly completed in English, average respondents were aged 56, primarily female (59%), married (69%), employed (60%) and with a university degree or higher (86%). Most participants reported having some health insurance (M: 93.8%/W: 92.1%) and more men reported not having a regular physician compared to women (M: 74.1%/21.4%). The majority of Filipino participants said they were told by a health professional that they had high blood pressure (M: 64.6%/W: 58.3%) and blood cholesterol (M: 61.7%/W: 53.9%). Diabetes was reported for 25.9% of males and 19% of females. High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, and breast cancer were reported as the top five priority health conditions to address. Respondents thought that the Filipino community and local health care professionals, especially if they spoke Tagalog, should address these health conditions.
DISCUSSION: This needs assessment was a first step to address health issues in the Filipino community. Reported rates of hypertension, cholesterol and diabetes suggest that health education interventions are crucially needed.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Discuss the top five priority health conditions as identified by Filipino respondents. Describe health concerns that the Filipino population is facing. Explain how to address health risks and concerns to the Filipino community.
Keyword(s): Needs Assessment, Chronic Disease Prevention
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have extensive experience of working on research projects to assess needs and risk factors among Asian Americans (including Filipino population), and for this particular study, I joined the process of developing strategies for identifying risk factors.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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