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May 2016 
 Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month 

The HPRC team recognizes the observance of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. The term "Asian-Pacific American" broadly encompasses those Americans who originate on the Asian continent or the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.  Asian-Pacific Americans contribute significantly to the cultural, educational, economic, and technological vitality of our nation.  Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, signed into law in 1992, brings an important opportunity for all Americans to learn more about these contributions and about the unique health challenges facing Asian-Pacific groups.

The Data Barrier to Health Equity for Asian-Pacific Americans

                      10 Largest Asian Groups in the U.S.

Thai 237,583
 Source: Pew Research Center

There are more than 17 million people of  Asian descent living in the United States.  According to Quyen Dinh, executive  director of the Southeast Asia Resource  Action Center, the unique needs of Asian
 American communities have been  "systematically rendered invisible," largely  due to data collection systems  that  fail to  collect disaggregated demographic  data  for Asian America and  Pacific  Islander  populations --data that  could help  inform  efforts to address  health  and  education disparities. 

These "outdated data systems" tend to put all Asians in one category, despite  the fact that there are 23 separate Asian  American groups and each group has  unique needs.  For example, two out of  three Hmong, Laotian, Cambodian and Vietnamese adults in the US do not have a college education - a key social determinant of health.  And Cambodian, Korean and Thai Americans have higher  rates of being uninsured. Health equity  advocates say that disaggregating or separating the data on these communities could help close the health gap.  Learn more here.
HPRC Hosts Minority Health Month Policy Forum in Nation's Capital 

On April 15, the HPRC team hosted the Minority Health Month Policy Forum at the American Medical Association's Washington, DC Office. The topic for discussion was "How  Coverage Impacts Care
Dr. Willarda Edwards, Medical Officer, HPRC
Coordination among Previously Uninsured Populations
  and its Policy Implications."  The two guest speakers were Dr. Willarda V. Edwards, HPRC's Medical Officer and Past President of the National Medical Association (NMA), and Ben Turner, Program Manager, Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, an HPRC community partner. The event, moderated by Byron Sogie-Thomas, HPRC's Deputy Director of Policy Research and Analysis, examined the impact of the patient-centered home model (PCMH) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health care delivery. 
PCMH is an increasingly popular health care delivery model that focuses on coordinating all aspects of patient care in order to maximize efficiency, improve quality and reduce costs. Dr. Edwards explained that PCMH marks a substantially different approach to health care delivery because it requires providers to coordinate an array of both clinical and non-clinical services while managing the overall delivery of evidence-based care.  "Today, the evidence increasingly shows that the PCMH model can significantly improve quality, lower cost, and reduce health disparities," said Dr. Edwards, author of "Inroads to Health Equity: The Effect of PCMH on Quality, Costs and Health Disparities," an HPRC report released last autumn.  The report is available  here.

HPRC Producing
"Conversations on Health Equity: An HPRC Public Policy Series"

T he HPRC  team is  presently  developing a YouTube video serie s - Conversations on Health Equity  - tha t explores important public policy issues related to health equity and the social determi nan ts of health. The project involves 10-minute video-recorded interviews with researcher s, policym akers, community h ealth advocates and other stakeholders. The  video series i s part of HPRC's effort to promote meaningful public dialogue about policy  and health e quity. Conversations on Health Equity will begin this spring.
IHA Health Literacy Task Force Selects HPRC Staffer

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) recently selected John Sankofa, HPRC's Senior H ealth Writer, to serve as an alternate member for the IHA Health Literacy Task  Force.  IHA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to emp ower people to achieve better health by developing and promoting educational material to support health literacy and healthcare advancement. IHA is the national organizer of the Annual Health Literacy Conference.  Learn more  here.

Former Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin Leads Kidney Initiative 
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) recently announced that former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, who is a TCC principal investigator at th e Gu lf States Health Policy Center at UAB, will chair NKF's CKDInsight S u mmit.  The summit is planned for the fall of 2016.  It is a component of NKF's  new  CKDIntercept p rogram, a multi-year initiative aimed at impro ving early diagn osis and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD).  The list of invited summit stakeholders includes medical professional grou ps, large healthcare systems, laboratory services, advocacy groups, technology industry experts, and government and retail insurers. The summit will provide an opportunity for participants to develop innovati ve approaches to overcoming the obstac les to timely diagnosis of kidney disease. The goal of the summit is "to generate a clear, cohesive strategy that will create a roadmap for change that will elevate the national perception of kidney disease and create a culture where early detection is a priority ."  Dr. Benjamin served as the 18th Surgeon General under the Obama administration.  She also previously served as a commissioner on the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce.  Dr. Benjamin is the founder and CEO of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.
Saving One Million Lives in Five Years
Dr. Erica K. Taylor has been working in the field of the reduction of disparities in health outcomes for over 15 years. Now, as the minority health lead for Million Hearts, she has been instrumental in establishing relationships with community based organizations, minority-serving professional organizations, faith-based organizations, state health departments and other federal agencies and offices in the fight against heart attacks and strokes. It was under Dr. Taylor's leadership that the faith-based program, 100 Congregations for Million Hearts, garnered the support of over 250 houses of worship to activate their memberships in hypertension awareness and control. Throughout the Million Hearts Initiative, Dr. Taylor works tirelessly to ensure that a focus on vulnerable populations remains at the center of cardiovascular disease prevention efforts, believing that "we must be the change we wish to see in the world".   The goal of the Million Hearts initiative is to save one million lives in five years.  Click here to learn more about the Million Hearts initiative.

SPOTLIGHT...on Philadelphia

Community Engagement for Southeast Asian Immigrant Health
Partnerships between researchers, community leaders and other stakeholders can play an important role addressing health inequities.   In Philadelphia, community leaders at the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Coalition (SEAMAAC) have linked arms with researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and WHYY Studios to launch "Our Stories, Our Health."  The community-based participatory research (CBPR) initiative is designed to engage immigrant Laotian and Vietnamese elders in health needs identification, first-person storytelling, and community discussion about health, with a focus on hypertension, language access, and doctor-patient communication.  The project will create short videos using recorded narratives of immigrant health experiences, design workshops using the videos to engage communities in discussions led by immigrant elders, and educate health professionals and the general public about health inequities and barriers faced by immigrant elders.  Consistent with CBPR principles, the health topics of investigation are chosen by community members.  Learn more here.
Events Calendar
Health Datapalooza 2016
WHEN: May 8-11, 2016
NW Washington, DC 20001 USA
Description:  Health Datapalooza is a national conference focused on liberating health data, and bringing together the companies, startups, academics, government agencies, and individuals with the newest and most innovative and effective uses of health data to improve patient outcomes.  Click here for more information .

WHENMay 22-24, 2016
WhereHyatt Regency Bethesda, One Bethesda Metro Center, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue.
Bethesda, MD 20814
DESCRIPTION: National Meeting content will be geared towards providing participants practical and actionable knowledge, tools and resources that demonstrate how to design, implement, manage and sustain successful collaborations. Click here for more information.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
WHAT: National Womens Health Week: ORWH Inaugural Vivian W. Pinn Seminar 
WHENTuesday, May 10, 2016 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
WHERE:  NIH Campus, Cloisters Hall (Building 60)
DESCRIPTION: The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) will host the Inaugural Vivian W. Pinn Seminar. The seminar will honor Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., the first and founding director of ORWH, and will feature a keynote address from Lauren V. Wood, M.D., Senior Clinical Investigator at the National Cancer Institute, on the AdHER2 study.

WHO : Health Policy Research Consortium  
WHAT:  Healthy Nutrition and Hydration for Older Adults
WHEN:  May 16, 2016, at 10:30 am -12:00 pm
WHERE: Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road 
Laurel, MD 20707
DESCRIPTION The fifth event in a series of health education seminars for seniors in 2016. The HPRC engagement team will be visiting the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center.

Please feel free to contact the HPRC Team at 301.375.2021 with any questions.

Thank you,

The Health Policy Research Consortium

HPRC, a CTIS Inc. division, is supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health under award number #1U54MD008608-01. This content does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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