Initiative 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!

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

Click the link below to join the National APAMSA Health Education Committee:

Join the 2015-2016 National APAMSA Health Education Committee!

 

External Links

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