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Disaggregating AAPI Health Data – Key to Combating Health Disparities

Was Live Friday, Sep 16, 2022 | 11 am PT

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Bryant Lin, Co-founder of Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and  Education (CARE), primary care physician, researcher, educator. 
  • Dr. Van Ta Park, Professor at UCSF, School of Nursing, working on an NIH/NIA R24 grant on how to address the gap and reduce disparities in research participation among AAPI. 
  • Dr. Winston Wong, Chair of National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, member of COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force for the US Department of HHS Office of Minority Health.
  • Dr. Thu Quach, PhD, President of Asian Health Services

News Report from this Media Briefing

Event Overview

Asian Americans and Pacific Americans (AAPI) are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group, encompassing 25% of all foreign-born people in the U.S. and projected to reach nearly 34 million by 2050. But Asian health research is drastically underfunded, representing only .3% of all NIH grants awarded.

Recent research, including studies led by Stanford faculty, has found that people with roots in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, the Pacific Islands among other countries have widely divergent risk profiles and often very different responses to common medications. Throughout the COVID 19 pandemic, lack of disaggregated AAPI data made it impossible to identify which AAPI groups had the highest infection and lowest vaccination rates.

This briefing will share the latest data on AAPI health indicators, delve into the underlying contributors to such differences and and explore why a one-size-fits-all approach to health care falls short and may even lead to inadvertent harm.

Presented by Stanford Medicine / Center for Asian Health Research and Education & Ethnic Media Services

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