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Halbert RJ. 1997. The health status of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in California. Woodland Hills, CA: California Endowment and California Healthcare Foundation, 82 pp.

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


    Riley RW. 2010. Health starts where we learn. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 8 pp, (Vulnerable populations portfolio).

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Route One and College Road, East, P.O. Box 2316
    Princeton, NJ 08543

    Telephone: (877) 843-7953
    Website: http://www.rwjf.org
    Available from the website.

    This essay discusses how improving education levels can increase life expectancy more effectively than medical advances can. It also discusses how schools can be used as opportunities to improve the health of a significant portion of the population each day. In addition, the essay describes an increase in sales tax that was dedicated to improving education in South Carolina.

    Keywords: Health promotion, Social factors, Life expectancy, Educational attainment, Advocacy, State initiatives, South Carolina, Oral health, Children


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