Health priorities of the Himalayan community in New York City: Findings from a community health survey
Asians are the fastest growing group in NYC. The NYC Himalayan community, including the Tamang, Sherpa, Tibetan, and Mustang subgroups, has been rapidly increasing. A key project goal was to reach newly emerging Asian subgroups to better understand health priorities and barriers to accessing healthcare services.
Working in partnership with Himalayan-serving community-based organizations , the survey was developed through the adaptation of existing surveys using validated measures, culturally-tailored and translated as needed, and implemented in-language at community venues. This method ensures that underserved and hard-to-reach immigrant populations are surveyed.
All respondents (N=156) were born outside the US, with the majority (68%) having lived in the US for 10 years or less. High rates of poverty were reported, with 37% reporting an income of less than $25,000 and an average of 3.34 adults in the home. Majority of respondents reported low English language proficiency (87%). Using Asian BMI cutoff, 75% are overweight or obese, and only 37% meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Oral health emerged as a key priority, with only 44% having seen a dentist in the past year, and 23% never having seen a dentist. Majority of respondents (59%) rated their oral health as poor or fair, and oral health was identified as the second top health concern (26%) after headache (33%).
Using a community-engaged approach, results will be disseminated to the community, and community-identified health promotion strategies will be explored to address the needs of NYC’s Himalayan community.
Learning Areas:Program planning
Public health or related research
Identify the health-related variables of the Himalayan community in New York City, including health priorities, health care status, and health care access. Discuss the necessity of collecting disaggregated data by subgroup to identify the variation of health disparities among different ethnic subgroups.
Keyword(s): Asian Americans, Needs Assessment
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