Our Mission

Our goal is to spread awareness of health disparities and inequities among Asian Americans, with a focus on South and Southeast Asian communities.

Some of the principal health issues affecting people of South and Southeast Asians in the United States include:

  • Cardiovascular Disease. South Asians tend to develop heart disease 10-15 years earlier than other ethnic groups, and 50% of heart attacks in South Asians occur before age 55!
  • Type 2 Diabetes. South Asians have higher than average rates of insulin resistance, even without obesity. In the U.S, South Asian immigrants are 7 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes than the general population! (Bhopal et al., 1999).
  • Obesity/Nutrition. Child obesity is at 25.7% in boys and 26.2% in girls of South Asian descent.

Dietary changes can significantly reduce the risk and complications of Type II diabetes and heart disease. In an effort to promote healthy eating choices, APAMSA put together an online list of heart-healthy and/or diabetic friendly Asian (or Asian inspired!) recipes submitted by students. Check out the recipes here!

About Us

Health Education Director

Jack Liu
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MS1
healtheducation@apamsa.org

Hi everyone! My name is Jack. I am a 1st-year medical student at Einstein. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and studied at CUNY-Hunter College, where I majored in biochemistry and minored in philosophy and legal studies.

I feel very passionate about Asian American health issues and as Health Education Director, I aim to promote the following goals:

(1) Work with other APAMSA health initiatives to strengthen National APAMSA's health education materials.
(2) Establish a Chapter Spotlight in recognition of work done towards the advancement of health education.
(3) Research and publish monthly column on the health disparities of Asian Americans in our Newsletter.

Please reach out with any ideas or concerns that you have on topics that you feel should receive more attention. I look forward to serving you all. Thank you.

Interested in getting involved on a national level? Consider joining the National APAMSA Health Education Committee!

Guided by APAMSA's mission to address the unique health challenges of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities, the APAMSA National Health Education Committee will spread awareness of health disparities among Asian Americans, with a focus on South and Southeast Asian communities. Through research, education and advocacy, the Health Education Committee informs and advises APAMSA's other health initiatives and the APAMSA community at large. The Committee serves as a voice of authority on the prevalence, incidence, morbidity, and impact of diseases like Hepatitis B/C, diabetes, and cancer on South and Southeast Asian communities, as a part of APAMSA's national effort to expand its reach into the APIA community. Join the APAMSA National Health Education Committee and learn how you can get involved with medicine in your own community.

Committee Goals:
- Research health disparities among Asian Americans with a focus on South and Southeast Asia
- Work with other APAMSA health initiatives to strengthen National APAMSA health education materials
- Build a core network of APAMSA members to spearhead health education in the A&PI community
- Gain invaluable experience working with a national committee

For questions or comments, email healtheducation@apamsa.org!