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New Indicators on Characteristics of Children’s Neighborhood Envrionments

General Health

30 Percent of Filipino and Southeast Asian American Children are Overweight or Obese
With almost 70% of American adults being either obese or overweight and childhood obesity doubling in the past 30 years, obesity remains at the forefront of public health, but little is known about the toll this burden takes on Asian American children. Today the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) released two reports that shed light on this public health crisis and present new data.

The Health Policy Institute has released its latest publication: Ohio Medicaid Basics 2015.

Updated every two years to coincide with the state biennium budget, Ohio Medicaid Basics provides an expansive overview of the Medicaid program in Ohio, broken down into easy-to-follow sections. A two-page executive summary also is available.

Project AXIS (Asian American eXchange and Information System)

In partnership with the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), and with funding from theNational Library of Medicine (NLM), NYU CSAAH recently completed a needs assessment to better understand the informational needs of gatekeepers serving Asian American communities with the ultimate goal of improving health literacy, information, and reducing health disparities among Asian American populations.

The project was led by an advisory committee made up of leaders in the field of Asian American health, including Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza (Health Policy Director, CACF); Michael Byun (Executive Director, ASIA, Inc.); Marianne Chung (Community Initiatives Director, APIAHF); Jane Jih (Primary Care Research Fellow, UCSF); Carolyn Leung Rubin (Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine); Tiffany Nguyen Budzinski (Executive Director, BPSOS-CA); and Winston Tseng (Senior Research Associate, APIAHF).

Ohio: Cancer and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (October, 2013)  —-2013 Ohio State Health Brief

Epidemiologic Profile 2010: Asians and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders This report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focuses on Asians and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders in the United States. Each racial group is profiled by use of US Census Bureau data and national HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD and TB surveillance data.

Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum developed a joint brief summarizing the key finding of the report and outlining additional recommendations.

Health Risk Behaviors among Five Asian American Subgroups in California: Identifying Intervention Priorities (Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health: Nov 17, 2011)

Diabetes Information Resource Center (DIRC) Tools and Resources

  • Search for resources in your language on DIRC’s home page!  (Enter your language into the Search box.)
  • ADA Diabetes Risk Test Español (Spanish), Arabic, Farsi, Laotian, tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), 中文 (Chinese), and Russian
  • Diabetes Health Record (DHR) Card
    • A wallet-sized diabetes self-management tool which includes a list of necessary exams and their recommended frequencies
    • Available in Arabic, Cambodian, 中文 (Chinese), Farsi, French, Hindi, Hmong, 한국어 (Korean), Laotian, Romanian, Russian, Somalian, Español (Spanish), Tagalog, Thai, Ukranian, and tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Patient Fact Sheets: Diabetes, Smoking, and Your Health Español (Spanish), 中文 (Chinese),  tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), 한국어 (Korean)

Hepatitis B: What Asian and Pacific Islander Americans Need to Know (National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse) Did you know that Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and other foreign-born Americans are at higher risk for chronic hepatitis B, which can lead to liver failure and liver cancer? HIV/AIDS Awareness and Resources The Banyan Tree Project “Safer Sex: A Guide for Us” (Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center)

April, 2013 The National Diabetes Education Program offers two reports on how to prevent diabetes and how to take care of your diabetes  Two Reasons I Find Time to Prevent Diabetes: My Future and Theirs (English)

Take Care of Your Heart. Manage Your Diabetes (English)

 

Environmental Health Environmental Health Watch (EHW) Resources Popular downloadable resources from EHW on asthma triggers, pest control, lead poisoning, and more.

Mental Health Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients (SAMHSA)

Multicultural Action Center Fact Sheets 中文 (Chinese), 한국어 (Korean), and tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) Houston Chronicle: Asians’ mental illness growing problem in Houston What Families Can Do When a Child May Have a Mental Illness (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Health needs and service delivery capacity for refugees living in Cuyahoga County.

Women’s Health The Intersection Between HIV/AIDS and Domestic Violence in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Women (APIAHF)

Health Literacy Multilingual Medicare/Medicaid information from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) Español (Spanish), American Sign Language, 中文 (Chinese),  tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), 한국어 (Korean), русский язык (Russian), and Tagalog

  • Welcome to Medicare videos
  • Quick Facts about Medicare Plans
  • 4 Programs that Can Help You Pay Your Medical Expenses
  • Staying Healthy
  • …and more!

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) Pharmacy Health Literacy Center has tools for helping pharmacies and pharmacists improve the health literacy of their customers:

  1. Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool & User’s Guide.
  2. Training Program for Pharmacy Staff on Communication.
  3. Guide on How To Create a Pill Card.
  4. Telephone Reminder Tool To Help Refill Medicines On Time.
  5. Advancing Pharmacy Health Literacy Practices Through Quality Improvement: Curricular Modules for 

Health Disparities Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Healthy Pacific: Information and Resources for the Health of Pacific Islanders in Hawai’i and Beyond

This website is a resource for those looking to understand the history of Micronesian migration to the Hawai’i and the US, and also provides information on the current status of health care coverage for migrants from the Compact of Free Association States who live in Hawai’i.

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) Risk Factor Survey

Report: Availability of Asian Language Substance Abuse Treatment Counselors Varies by Region (SAMHSA) Ohio Health Disparities Bulletin No. 1:  Characteristics of Adolescent Marijuana Admissions in Ohio FY 2008 to FY 2011 Ohio Health Disparities Bulletin No. 2:  Mental Health, Suicide and Trauma among Asians and Pacific Islanders: Policy Insights from Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions in Ohio

Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) These Healthy Eating, Active Living resources were developed in partnership with Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) as part of their Empowering Communities for Health Opportunity, Equity and Sustainability (ECHOES) Project.  With these resources, ASIA hopes to advance and increase awareness of strategies to support healthy choices and lifestyles in Ohio’s Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities. Community Members: Invest in Healthy Asian American Communities in Ohio

Policymakers: Invest in Healthy Asian American Communities in Ohio

The HEAL Promise

Show your support for HEAL policy initiatives at the local, state, and national by signing the HEAL Promise!  Mail it back to:

ASIA 730 Carroll St. Akron, OH 44304

Health Equity Through Enhanced Data (HEED)

The lack of data about Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities is a critical barrier that hampers community and policy efforts to address the health inequities in these communities. Today, APIAHF is happy to share resources from our latest data advocacy project, Health Equity Through Enhanced Data (HEED), funded by the Office of Minority Health and developed in partnership with five community coalitions across the U.S. Data and research are important tools that can help policymakers ensure adequate and meaningful resources to improve health for all. 

How Can We Understand Health Equity Through Enhanced Data? Existing data collection and reporting efforts are inadequate to document, monitor, and identify the health needs of Asian Americans (AAs), Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs). 

Leveraging Community Coalitions to Improve Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Health Data (Brief) In an effort to address the dearth of data, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) launched the Health Equity through Enhanced Data (HEED) project with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health under a National Umbrella Cooperative Agreement. 

Five community coalitions are featured in multiple case studies: Coalition for Asian American Children & Families (CACF) in New York, Reaching Asian Americans through Innovative and Supportive Engagement (RAISE) in Ohio, the Georgia Asian Pacific Islander Community Coalition (GAAPICC), Health Through Action Arizona (HTAA), and the Asian American Health Coalition (AAHC) in Texas. Their experiences offer lessons on how communities can engage in improving the collection and reporting of data on the health of AAs and NHPIs and other small populations. 

Leveraging Community Coalitions to Improve Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Health Data (Report)
APIAHF worked with the lead agencies of community-led coalitions in five states to compile, review, and evaluate available existing state and local data sources on AA and NHPI health in their states, and conduct case studies of their own initiatives to improve data on AAs and NHPIs within their states and to disseminate their findings with state and local policymakers. This report provides a summary of HEED activities and lessons learned from the national and state perspectives.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Data Sources in Five States
APIAHF conducted an extensive literature search online to identify AA and NHPI data sources in the five states where AA and NHPI community coalitions were located: Arizona, Georgia, New York, Ohio, and Texas.

Cultural Competence and Language Access

“You Have a Right to an Interpreter” Poster

Use this multilingual poster to inform limited-English proficient (LEP) clients of their right to an interpreter and help them identify their language.

Language Access Assessment and Planning Tool for Federally Conducted and Federally Assisted Programs

Use this language access assessment and planning tool to ensure that LEP individuals have effective access to your services.

Components of Cultural Competence in Three Mental Health Programs (Psychiatric Services)

‘You say potayto, I say potahto: the need for cross-cultural dialogue to close health disparities (NNED webinar recording)

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