Assessing the needs and guiding the future

Findings from the health needs assessment in 13 Asian American communities of maryland in the united states

Sunmin Lee, Grace X. Ma, Hee Soon Juon, Genevieve Martinez, Chieh-Wen Hsu, Julie Bawa

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Abstract

There is lack of in depth data on health needs of diverse Asian American communities. We conducted 19 focus groups in 13 Asian American communities in Maryland in 2007. We developed a moderator's guide to collect qualitative data on health needs from 174 participants, and used MAX QDA to analyze data and code emergent themes. Cardiovascular disease related conditions, diabetes, and mental health were the top three health concerns. Weight concerns, cancer, arthritis, smoking, osteoporosis, and hepatitis B followed next. Many participants were not receiving preventive health service such as cancer screening due to a lack of access to health care or lack of awareness of preventive care. Additionally, under-represented communities lacked adequate health resources and advocacy, potentially due to a relatively shorter history of immigration and a small population. The results render support for awareness education on importance of preventive care and mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-401
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr 1

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Asian Americans
Needs Assessment
Preventive Medicine
Mental Health
Health
Preventive Health Services
Health Services Accessibility
Health Resources
Emigration and Immigration
Focus Groups
Hepatitis B
Early Detection of Cancer
Osteoporosis
Arthritis
Cardiovascular Diseases
Smoking
Education
Weights and Measures
Population
Neoplasms

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  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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