Online Program

Asian American & Pacific Islanders Health Disparities Research with the National Institute on Aging

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 10:50 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Carl V. Hill, PhD, MPH, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD

The investigation of population level differences in health status across the lifecourse is a priority for the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and its supported biomedical and behavioral researchers.   The health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) is an unique case, as this U.S. racial group has been characterized as a predominantly healthy group.  However, there are within group differences that reveal that AAPIs are disproportionately affected by certain diseases and public health issues that are important for biomedical and behavioral researchers to consider.  Health disparities research related to aging is the study of biological, behavioral, sociocultural and environmental factors that are important for understanding population level differences in health status across the lifecourse.  Specific ethnic populations of AAPIs may endure harsh environmental conditions, sparking pathways that include perceptions of hardship, collective responses, coping behaviors and biological processes that damage population health.  The presenters will provide an introduction to the NIA, describe its framework for stimulating health disparities research, and showcase NIA-suppored research that explores health disparities among Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders.

Learning Areas:

Basic medical science applied in public health
Diversity and culture
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss NIA-sponsored health disparities research related to aging that focuses on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. Describe NIA's health disparities research framework and opportunities for enhancing research on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders.

Keyword(s): Aging, Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the Director of the Office of Special Populations at the National Institute on Aging, NIH. I am interested in leading efforts to address health disparities in biomedical research and its workforce at NIA. I have helped facilitate studies focused on health disparities and the development of initiatives to enhance NIA's research and training efforts targeting underrepresented groups.
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.