Asian American Communities and Health: Context, Research, Policy, and Action
March 2009, ©2009, Jossey-Bass
Foreword (Albert K. Yee).
PART ONE: SETTING THE CONTEXT: ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN THE UNITED STATES.
1. Toward a Contextual Understanding of Asian American Health (Nadia Shilpi Islam, Chau Trinh-Shevrin, and Mariano Jose Rey).
2. Social, Cultural, and Demographic Characteristics of Asian Americans (Winston Tseng).
3. Social, Demographic, and Cultural Characteristics of Pacific Islanders (Sela V. Panapasa).
4. Asian American Health Research: Baseline Data and Funding (Chandak Ghosh).
PART TWO: PERSPECTIVES: HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN AND SPECIAL POPULATIONS.
5. The Health of Children and Adolescents (Stella M. Yu, and Amita N. Vyas).
6. The Health of Women (Sora Park-Tanjasiri, and Tu-Uyen Nguyen).
7. The Health of Men (John H. Choe).
8. The Health of the Elderly (Tazuko Shibusawa, and Irene Chung).
9. The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning People Communities (Sel J. Hwahng, and Alison J. Lin).
PART THREE: FROM THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE INSTITUTIONAL: CRITICAL FACTORS INFLUENCING HEALTH DISPARITIES.
10. Complementary and Alternative Medicines (Darshan Mehta, and Ellen McCarthy).
11. Language Access (Marguerite Ro, Jinny Jihyun Park, and Deeana Jang).
12. Health Insurance (Ninez Ponce).
13. Racism and Discrimination (Gilbert C. Gee, and Annie Ro).
14. Occupational and Environmental Health (Pam Tau Lee).
PART FOUR: BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR ACTION: COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH.
15. Health Interventions (Grace X. Ma, and Gem P. Daus).
16. Community-Based Participatory Research (S. Darius Tandon, and Simona C. Kwon).
17. Promoting Community-Based Participatory Research at the Institutional Level (Chau Trinh-Shevrin, Nadia Islam, and Mariano Jose Rey).
18. Evaluation (Traci Endo Inouye).
PART FIVE: COLLABORATIVE STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING HEALTH.
19. The Workforce (Marguerite Ro).
20. Community Health Centers (Thomas Tsang, Kevin C. Lo, and Jeffrey Caballero).
21. Health Policy Advocacy (Deeana Jang, and Ho Luong Tran).
PART SIX: EMERGING HEALTH ISSUES AND RESEARCH PRIORITIES.
22. Disability (Peter J. Wong, and Lois M. Takahashi).
23. Oral Health (Kavita P. Ahluwalia).
24. Gambling Addiction (Timothy W. Fong).
25. Genetic Testing and Profiling (Joon-Ho Yu).
Afterword: The Reciprocity of Time.
David T. Takeuchi, Margie Kagawa Singer.
Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH, is the director of the New York University (NYU) Center for the Study of Asian American Health and assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine.
Nadia Shilpi Islam, PhD, is the deputy director of research within the Center for the Study of Asian American Health at the New York University.
Mariano Jose Rey, MD, is the director of the New York University Institute for Community Health and Research and senior associate dean for Community Affairs at the NYU School of Medicine.
“This commentary provides an in-depth and comprehensive
contextual understanding of key issues influencing health in Asian
American communities. It is a valuable resource addressing health
disparities through ecological lenses and multilevel analyses and
is congruent with the current movement toward a better
understanding of the social determinants of health. The chapters
are groundbreaking work of more than 40 leading researchers and
community advocates. The book’s emphasis on understanding the
social, cultural, and political context of the health of Asian
Americans is relevant for a wide range of health professionals,
social scientists, community advocates, and policy makers. It is
also an excellent resource for faculty members and students
interested not only in Asian American—related issues but also
broader issues in vulnerable populations, public health, and social
— Health Promotion Practice
“The research literature regarding Asian-American health
issues remains thin, funding agencies have been little forthcoming,
and general understanding has been hampered by stereotypes and
misunderstanding. These reasons make the new text Asian American
Communities and Health: Context, Research, Policy, and Action a
timely and important contributor to the understanding of
Asian-American health concerns. The editors have a sophisticated
view of Asian-American health issues and they have drawn together a
collection of chapters impressive in their scope and depth. As a
whole, the book addresses community health on multiple levels,
including institutional and social factors affecting health,
collaborative efforts for health improvement, and how age, gender,
and sexual orientation factor into Asian-American
— The Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health