February is American Heart Month and obesity is a major contributor to heart disease in our nation. To the casual observer, Asian Americans may appear immune to the obesity epidemic plaguing whites, African Americans, and Hispanics. [Read more…]
The Asian Health Coalition has published findings in the Journal of Race and Social Problems (Vol 5, Dec 2013) on socio-demographic factors and cancer screening among foreign-born immigrant women from data collected through the Chicago Asian Community Survey (CACS) project, a comprehensive local health needs assessment, to assess determinants of morbidity and mortality, and health care access patterns of three Asian immigrant enclaves in Chicago: Chinese, Cambodian and Vietnamese. [Read more…]
The White House released a report today underscoring the costs of repealing the Affordable Care Act for millions of Americans. The benefits of the health care law – lower costs, new protections, and expanded access to quality, affordable care – are real, and the repeal plan pushed by some Republicans in Congress would undermine or eliminate the benefits that millions of middle-class Americans now rely on. [Read more…]
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and the Asian & Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network are proud to release new fact sheets on the impact of cancer among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPI) in 21 states. [Read more…]
Research released at the APHA 141st annual meeting in Boston found that foreign-born female non-citizens living in the United States for less than five years have 69% lower odds of being screened for colorectal cancer within the previous five years, [Read more…]
Strong evidence exists that screening with fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) or colonoscopy reduces the number of deaths from colorectal cancer. A new report released by the CDC finds the percentage of the population up-to-date with recommended CRC screening increased from 54% in 2002 to 65% in 2010, [Read more…]
The Asian Health Coalition has received a $1,500 CVS Caremark Community Grant. The Community Grants Program was created by CVS Caremark as part of its commitment to help people achieve their best health by providing financial assistance to programs that are focused on wellness and prevention. [Read more…]
The CDC’s recently released data show that only an estimated 21.1% of girls ages 13 to 17 in Illinois got the recommended three doses in 2012, compared with an estimated 34% in 2011. Illinois ranked 48th among all states, ahead of only Arkansas and Mississippi, in the percentage of teen girls who have received the three HPV vaccine doses despite the fact that since 2006 public health officials have been recommending adolescent girls be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV).
Alcohol abuse is a common problem in the United States. When Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) go to treatment, alcohol is their most common substance of abuse. 64% of API treatment admissions named alcohol as their problem. Click here to read the report from HSS Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).