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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) celebrates the achievements and contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Throughout the observance in May, OMH will honor the rich culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders and promote overall health by encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle, regular doctor visits, and better eating habits.

Common barriers to healthcare for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders include infrequent medical visits, language and cultural barriers, and lack of health insurance. Increased testing along with daily physical activity can help reduce frequent health risks impacting the AAPI community such as heart disease, hepatitis B, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases like diabetes and stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • In 2016, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders were 80 percent more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites.
  • In 2017, heart disease was the second leading cause of death for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with stroke coming in third.
  • Asian Americans are 40 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.
  • Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up 5 percent of the total population in the United States, but account for more than 50 percent of Americans living with chronic hepatitis B.

By working together to address these health disparities we can help communities become healthier and improve the overall quality of life.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Resources and Materials

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Health Disparities

The links below provide information about health disparities among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

Use the HD Pulse Data Portal to find more information about health disparities among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). 

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Resources and Publications

Last Modified: 4/30/2020 9:25:00 PM