Tackling Asian American Health Disparities
Ko explained that, despite the “model minority myth for Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders,” some Asian subgroups suffer from disproportionately high rates of health and health care problems, disparities that are often only revealed once the data has been disaggregated. For example, she referred to a recent study that found that Korean children were four times more likely to lack health insurance than non-Hispanic white children in California. She said that culturally appropriate care, including language access, is an important factor in helping to reducing these disparities. She also noted that, at least anecdotally due to a dearth of data, Southeast Asian and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities face specific health and health are challenges, and high rates of uninsurance along with poor access to care are particular problems for the Asian-American community.
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This report (PDF 3.8MB) offers guidance for community organizations and those who fund social change in how best to harness the power of local media-making for community health improvement. Spanish-language version is now available. Una versión en español de este informe esta en la web.