Below are resources pertaining to Asian health – including articles detailing the aggregation of Asian-American health data and the lack of financial support for AA/NHPI health research, as well as information regarding COVID-19 vaccine and Asian langauge resources.
The omission, aggregation, and extrapolation of Asian-American health data
Asian Americans make up the fastest growing racial group in the United States, yet their health needs and disparities remain poorly understood. Asian American health data is scarce, and what little data does exist groups all Asians together (e.g. Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and others). As a consequence of this grouping—or “aggregation”—health differences between the various Asian ethnic subgroups are obscured.
When health studies do disaggregate Asian American health data, typically only one Asian American subgroup is studied. Furthermore, findings from these studies are often incorrectly extrapolated to other Asian American subgroups.
To correct errors associated with the omission, aggregation, and extrapolation of Asian American health data, it is vital to 1) oversample Asian Americans in health studies, 2) collect and report race and ethnicity data by Asian subgroup, and 3) acknowledge the tremendous heterogeneity of Asian Americans when interpreting data.
NIH Funding of Asian American Clinical Health Research (1992 to 2018)
What is the level of investment by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund clinical research focused on Asian American populations? In this study, researchers found that only 0.17% of clinical research projects funded by the NIH focused on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA/NHPI) participants. Furthermore, only 5.1% of this AA/NHPI funding was allocated to research career wards, training grants, and fellowships. AA/NHPI populations remain severely underrepresented in the biomedical workforce.
Although promoting health equity for AAI/NHPI populations is a priority for federal agencies, the impact and future direction of investments in and legislation on this issue remain unclear. The dearth of financial support for AA/NHPI health research, as well as the absence of efforts to increase diversity in the biomedical workforce, may continue to languish minority populations.
Asian Americans and COVID-19 Deaths
We need disaggregated Asian health data!
"13,620 more Asian Americans died in the US in 2020, compared to the prior 5 year average. Most of these excess deaths in Asian Americans were in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Pennsylvania."
Please visit AAPI Data for more information.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
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Asian Language Resources
Below are the current Asian-Language resources we offer, but we encourage you to visit the NIH website and Rutgers IFH for the latest resources. Please share them electronically or distribute them at your next community event.
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Asian Health FAQs
Are you of Asian descent? Then you might be susceptible to certain health problems that you might not be aware of. CARE at Stanford University is here to improve the health of Asians everywhere. See the links below to learn more about your health and common issues that Asians face today.
Credits: Arun Dhingra, UC San Diego