This document, one of a series of five publications on the health status of minority groups and whites in California, focuses on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The report first defines and describes this minority group and then identifies and analyses major features of health status. Other sections of the report examine barriers to accessing quality care including financial, language, cultural, structural, and systemic, and also enabling dynamics, such as geographic clustering, ethnic specific networks, communities strongly influenced by local and national leaders, emphasis on extended family, and international relations. Future projections for this minority population and recommendations for policy, service, research, education and training, and leadership conclude the report.
Keywords: Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Health status, California, Demography, Socioeconomic factors, Educational attainment, Employment, Vital statistics, Reproductive health, Hospitalization, Risk factors, Mental health, Oral health, Child health, Adolescent health, Women's health, Older adults, Homosexuality, Environmental health, Occupational safety and health, Barriers, Communities, Leadership, Family relations, Access to health care