Congressional Briefing Emphasizes Health Disparities in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islander Communities
May 11, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[Archive] Stacy Lavilla
Director of Communications
(510) 272-9536 x110
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 11, 2007 – In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), with support from the Hepatitis B Foundation, will be hosting a Congressional briefing on Friday, May 11, 2007, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Capitol Building, Room HC-5.
“During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. We also want to highlight, however, the misconception that all Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations are financially successful and in good health. While this may be the case for a segment of this population, a significant portion of the population is low-income, uninsured, and disproportionately affected by a range of health issues,” said Jeffrey Caballero, Executive Director of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations.
Speakers, consisting of researchers and community experts, will share data and personal experiences related to children’s health coverage, family violence prevention, diabetes, and hepatitis and HIV in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander (ANHOPI) community with Members of Congress and the public.
According to Dr. Ho Luong Tran, President and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, “Information regarding the seriousness of these diseases, risk factors, and prevention strategies are not reaching Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. In addition, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are often unrecognized as an at-risk population by health providers and policy makers. It is our hope that this health briefing will help change that.”
Community members, health service providers, and researchers suggest that increased support for awareness, education, and community based programs to address children’s healthcare coverage, family violence, diabetes, and hepatitis B and HIV in ANHOPI communities is needed. Additionally, increased collaboration, data collection, and research are crucial to develop an effective response to health issues impacting ANHOPIs.