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AAPCHO Releases a Diabetes Report on AAPIs

May 30, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Archive] Stacy Lavilla
Director of Communications
(510) 272-9536 x110
slavilla@aapcho.org

May 30, 2000 – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) announced today the first of its kind report that details the issues and concerns of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) suffering from diabetes. The report titled, BALANCE Program for Diabetes Community Assessment Report, was written to inform health care providers and professionals of diabetes as it relates to AAPIs, this population’s current level of understanding regarding diabetes and its specific needs with respect to diabetes care. Diabetes is a serious chronic condition affecting an estimated 16 million Americans. Though researching examining the impact of diabetes on AAPIs is limited, some local studies report diabetes prevalence rates to be two to three times as high in certain AAPI populations than that of non-Hispanic whites. Among other things, the report found that AAPIs living with diabetes face many challenges in managing their condition such as the ability to prepare healthy meals using their respective ethnic foods, and the difficulty in receiving care that is sensitive to their cultural practices and beliefs. “This document underscores the dire need for culturally and linguistically appropriate diabetes services for AAPIs living with diabetes,” said Jeffrey Caballero, executive director of AAPCHO. “We hope this report sheds some light on the important issues and concerns of AAPIs living with diabetes, and that health care professionals will take these concerns into consideration when treating or working with AAPIs.” The report, conducted through AAPCHO’s Building Awareness Locally and Nationally through Community Empowerment (BALANCE) program for diabetes, is the end result of a survey of approximately 100 AAPIs living with diabetes, and a few dozen one-on-one interviews with health care providers and community representatives. Survey participants were located in Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, Washington and California. The 100 participants were of Samoan, Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Korean, Native Hawaiian, and Pohnpein descent. Since its inception in 1987, AAPCHO’s goal has been to improve the health status of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders within the United States and its territories, with a special focus on the medically underserved. The organization is a nationally recognized advocate and leader in developing policies and programs that provide quality, comprehensive health care that is financially accessible and culturally and linguistically appropriate. For more information on the report, or for a copy of an executive summary, please contact Stacy Lavilla at (510) 272-9536.

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Beverly Quintana
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