March 8, 2015
“According to the US Census Bureau, on the 2010 Census, the Asian population category includes people who indicated their race(s) as “Asian” or reported entries such as “Asian Indian,” “Chinese,” “Filipino,” “Korean,” “Japanese,” and “Vietnamese” or provided other detailed Asian responses” (CDC, 2013). “In 2012, the following states had the largest Asian-American populations: California, New York, Hawaii, Texas, New Jersey and Illinois” (OMH, 2014).
Group Defined Health Promotions
Most Asian Americans agree that a multitude of factors including poor diet, lack of physical activity, and stress increase risk of disease. Asian American communities are accustomed to seeking treatment only when very ill. Most of this lack of treatment can be attributed to lack of awareness this particular population possesses in preventative measures. Some have expressed a knowledge deficit related to preventive care and screenings. It has been said that once this group is educated, preventative steps would likely be taken towards health promotion.
Current Health Status
Compared to the national average, Asian Americans are living with a longer life expectancy than other minority groups. They are also, however, living with a few higher health disparities such as hepatitis B and cancer. These will be discussed later in this paper. Health status is often linked to socio economic backgrounds and educational background. Typically speaking, the lower your education, the lower your social class. This in turn leads to poorer health care. The higher educational background you have, the better job you have, the better health insurance you can afford. Asian Americans are often linked to higher education, but this is not always the case. While many are linked to a higher education, just like so many other Americans, many Asian Americans also lack a basic education and health insurance. This prohibits
References: CDC (Center for Disease Control). (2013). Minority Health: Asian American Populations. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/populations/REMP/asian.html NIH (National Institute of Health). (2015). MedlinePlus: Health Disparities. Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthdisparities.html OMH (Office of Minority Health). (2014). Profile: Asian Americans. Retrieved from http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=3&lvlid=63