Driving Better Health Outcomes for Asians

CARE seeks to improve the health of Asians by increasing knowledge, empowering education, and positively impacting their clinical care.

Asians are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, representing 25% of all foreign-born people in the United States. They are projected to reach nearly 34 million by 2050.  

Similar to other communities of color, there exist tremendous disparities in health outcomes and indicators among the Asian-American community. Disproportionate burdens of health conditions affecting this population across the United States include cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hepatitis B, and osteoporosis.

National-level data indicate that cancer is the leading cause of death among Asian-Americans. Socioeconomic, cultural, and genetic factors likely affect their health. There is a strong need to improve knowledge, education, and clinical care to reduce healthcare disparities among Asian subgroups.

The Center will provide a common place for research, education, and clinical care support, allowing disparate faculty, staff, community members, and trainees to share ideas and common resources. Currently, there is a lack of resources and community. In particular, given the nature of Asian health research, multi-disciplinary groups are needed. At Stanford, no other centers are significantly investigating and developing educational/clinical care for Asians. Stanford has advantages over other universities in this area of health research, education, and care due to unique patient, faculty/staff, and student demographics, as well as disease, epidemiologic/health economics, and humanities expertise.

Our goals are:

  1. To increase research and knowledge in Asian and Asian-American health.
  2. To educate patients, providers, and the community about the health needs of Asians and Asian-Americans.
  3. To improve the culturally sensitive and evidence-based delivery of healthcare to Asians and Asian-Americans.