Data Collection on Asian Americans
click HERE to read the article “Asian-Americans are missing from Healthy Chicago 2.0” .
May-20, Chicago – Healthy Chicago 2.0 outlines the City’s four-year plan to improve health and well-being for residents in ten priority areas to health inequities facing some neighborhoods and communities. On Wednesday May-18, officials from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) shared details of the plan to a gathering of about 55 people including residents, stakeholders and community leaders in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood.
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On the Table, a citywide event in which small groups of friends, strangers and everything in between gather over a meal to discuss Chicago’s future, returned on May 10 for the third consecutive year. It’s in most everyone’s nature to give back, help out, and contribute to the community in some way. And that was the overall consensus of University of Chicago students who attended an evening gathering hosted by the Center for Asian Health Equity (CAHE) and Office of Career Advancement.
Led by the Chicago Community Trust, more than 40,000 people have participated in On the Table discussions representing every Chicago ZIP code in previous years. An eclectic group of 20 students gathered at the Ida Noyes Hall to discuss how the health of our neighborhoods is affected by social, economic and environmental factors, and what can be done to make it better. The issues discussed weren’t necessarily new, but the evening’s free-form exchange of ideas was and it also marked the first On the Table event to be held on the University’s campus.
“This event is timely for CAHE and the University as we also celebrate the successes of Asian Americans in May as part of National Asian American Heritage Month. We want to engage our cadre of students and future leaders to think about how we need to go beyond health care and transform the way we approach health, by addressing broader issues in the social and economic environment and the physical environment that all affect our health,“ said Jennifer Oh, CAHE’s Associate Director of Community and Institutional Partnerships. “Inequality and the lack of opportunity of any sort, is harmful to our health. Lack of knowledge is harmful to our health.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 2014 viral hepatitis surveillance data (http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/statistics/2014surveillance/commentary.htm). This new data highlights the alarming death toll of hepatitis C in the United States, the rise in new hepatitis C infections, and the continued public health problem of chronic hepatitis B.
Kyungwon Seo, our Korean community health worker was recently featured in a segment about HepB with WinTV, the only local Korean TV station based in the Chicago metropolitan area.
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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has released the report, “Eliminating the Public Health Problem of Hepatitis B and C in the United States,” which explores the barriers that must be overcome to eliminate hepatitis B and hepatitis C in the United States. Commissioned by the Office of Minority Health at HHS and the Division of Viral Hepatitis at CDC, the IOM was charged with determining whether elimination goals for hepatitis B and hepatitis C in the United States are feasible and identifying possible critical success factors. The report reaffirms that hepatitis elimination can be achieved with the right resources, commitment, and strategy.
In the face of recent developments in hepatitis C treatment, enhanced global solidarity for hepatitis B and hepatitis C elimination goals, and progress implementing The Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis 2014-2016, an ambitious strategy to set and achieve hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus elimination goals in the United States is needed. An expert committee examined scientific and policy issues related to the prevention, detection, control, and management of hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus.
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Join Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Asian Giving Circle, and Kartemquin Film for a sneak peek viewing of Unbroken Glass and a panel discussion about mental health issues and experiences in the Asian American community. This event is co-sponsored by Asian American Cultural Affairs at Columbia College Chicago in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2016.
Unbroken Glass Synopsis:
When he was six-years-old, Dinesh Sabu’s parents died. Raised by his siblings, he had little idea who his parents were or where he came from. Now as an adult with a burning curiosity, Dinesh sets out on a journey across the United States and India to piece together their story. Uncovering a silenced family history of mental illness, Dinesh confronts the legacy of having a schizophrenic mother who died by suicide, the reality of growing up an orphaned immigrant, and the trauma of these events. Can he reconcile these truths all while living in the specter of mental illness?
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Two thirds of Tuberculosis (TB) cases in the United States occur in foreign-born individuals, and TB incidence in the United States has leveled off after declining annually for 20 years, according to a new report published in the March 25 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report highlights the need for intensified eradication efforts in the United States and globally, with increased emphasis on improving systems for identifying and treating latent TB infection and interrupting TB transmission in the United States, as well as reducing the incidence of TB globally.
Illinois has recorded what almost certainly was an increase over last year in new signups and automatic renewals for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Most recent data from CMS shows that 388,179 Illinois residents enrolled in a plan through the most recent open enrollment 2015-2016 period. This number combined with the most recent release of information from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) indicating that there are now 626,248 Full Benefit ACA Medicaid Recipients across the state brings the total covered to 1,014,427 residents who are receiving life-saving benefits. Another report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) further shows Illinois was also among 8 states with statistically significant coverage gains among 18-64 year old residents. Between 2013 and 2015, the rate of uninsured among 18-64 year old Illinois residents decreased from 17.8% to the current rate of 10.6%. This 7.2% drop is one of the largest in the nation. The others are New York, Michigan, Kentucky, Florida, Colorado, Arizona and California.
Asian Health Coalition and its navigator partner agencies played a key role in helping limited English-speaking communities to sign up for health coverage and lessons learned were among the many highlights shared by partners who met this week to discuss plans for future sustainability. In addition to the In-Person Counselor navigators (IPCs), Natalie Pacheco from Get Covered Illinois was also in attendance to listen to their personal experience in helping their community members. Key quotes from navigators are shared below
“We must understand continued outreach and education is needed to help reduced the rates of uninsured individuals and IPCs have been at the frontline of these efforts”
“This has truly been a rewarding experience. We have seen the population that we serve increasingly understand the importance of health insurance as well as grow more savvy in navigating health insurance plans.”
“As funding for these efforts is reduced by the government there is an increasing burden on CBOs to sustain enrollment and outreach by absorbing the costs and integrating these activities into their core services”