Diabetes and Asian Americans: The Need to Screen at 23 – Webinar Resources

Diabetes is a major public health problem affecting more 30 million Americans, according to recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed) prevalence for Asian Americans ranked the highest when compared to other racial/ethnic groups such as African-Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics. Given the high prevalence, there is an increased need for early detection and prevention efforts. Epidemiologic studies have shown that standard body mass index (BMI) cut point of 25 is inappropriate for defining diabetes risk in Asian Americans. Consequently, the American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health and CDC have acknowledged the need to screen Asian Americans at a BMI cut point of 23 to identify those with or at risk for future diabetes.

This webinar provided an overview of:

  • The American Diabetes Association’s 2015 diabetes screening guidelines for Asian Americans and the science that’s behind them,
  • The Screen at 23 Campaign, and
  • Resources available to support health centers in preventing and diagnosing diabetes for Asian Americans

Moderator: Tuyen Tran, MPH, Training and Technical Assistance Director, AAPCHO


  • Jeff Caballero, MPH, Executive Director, AAPCHO
  • Maria Rosario (Happy) Araneta, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego
  • Jen Lee, MPH, Director of Community Services and Partnerships, AAPCHO

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