Healthy People 2010 and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders: defining a baseline of information.

Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and Harvard Medical School, Department of Social Medicine, Cambridge, MA, USA.
American Journal of Public Health (Impact Factor: 4.23). 01/2004; 93(12):2093-8. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.93.12.2093
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Healthy People 2010: Understanding and Improving Health lists 6 areas of disparity in minority health services: infant mortality, cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and immunizations. This study compiles existing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) health data to establish a baseline.
For federally-sponsored research (1986-2000), the Computer Retrieval of Information on Specific Projects (CRISP) database was analyzed. AAPI initiatives were divided by subpopulation and disparity area. MEDLINE articles (1966-2000) were similarly scrutinized.
Few federal health-related grants (0.2%) and MEDLINE articles (0.01%) mention AAPIs. For the 6 disparity areas, significant AAPI data gaps remain.
To reach the Healthy People 2010 goals and have useful data, researchers and grant makers must focus on obtaining baseline data for disaggregated AAPI subgroups.

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