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Pollack H.,New York University | Wang S.,Charles ng Community Health Center | Wyatt L.,New York University | Trinh-Shevrin C.,Center for the Study of Asian American Health | And 3 more authors.
Health Affairs | Year: 2011

Chronic hepatitis B affects Asian Americans at a much higher rate than the general US population. Appropriate care can limit morbidity and mortality from hepatitis B. However, access to care for many Asian Americans and other immigrant groups is limited by their lack of knowledge about the disease, as well as cultural, linguistic, and financial challenges. This article describes the results of BfreeNYC, a New York City pilot program that, from 2004 to 2008, provided hepatitis B community education and awareness, free screening and vaccinations, and free or low-cost treatment primarily to immigrants from Asia, but also to residents from other racial and ethnic minority groups. The program was the largest citywide screening program in the United States, reaching nearly 9,000 people, and the only one providing comprehensive care to those who were infected. During the program, new hepatitis B cases reported annually from predominantly Asian neighborhoods in the city increased 34 percent. More than two thousand people were vaccinated, and 1,162 of the 1,632 people who tested positive for hepatitis B received care from the program's clinical services. Our analysis found that the program was effective in reaching the target population and providing care. Although follow-up care data will be needed to demonstrate long-term cost-effectiveness, the program may serve as a useful prototype for addressing hepatitis B disparities in communities across the United States. © 2011 Project HOPE-The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

Islam N.S.,New York University | Khan S.,SHK Global Health LLC | Kwon S.,ee Center | Trinh-Shevrin C.,Center for the Study of Asian American Health
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved | Year: 2010

There are close to 15 million Asian Americans living in the United States, and they represent the fastest growing populations in the country. By the year 2050, there will be an estimated 33.4 million Asian Americans living in the country. However, their health needs remain poorly understood and there is a critical lack of data disaggregated by Asian American ethnic subgroups, primary language, and geography. This paper examines methodological issues, challenges, and potential solutions to addressing the collection, analysis, and reporting of disaggregated (or, granular) data on Asian Americans. The article explores emerging efforts to increase granular data through the use of innovative study design and analysis techniques. Concerted efforts to implement these techniques will be critical to the future development of sound research, health programs and policy efforts targeting this and other minority populations. © 2010 Meharry Medical College.

Islam N.S.,New York University | Tandon D.,Johns Hopkins University | Mukherji R.,SUNY College at Old Westbury | Tanner M.,New York University | And 5 more authors.
American Journal of Public Health | Year: 2012

We have reported results from the formative stage of a community health worker intervention designed to improve diabetes management among Bangladeshi patients in New York City. Trained community health workers conducted focus groups (n=47) and surveys (n=169) with Bangladeshi individuals recruited from community locations. Results indicated that participants faced numerous barriers to care, had high rates of limited English proficiency, and had low levels of knowledge about diabetes. Most participants expressed interest in participating in a community health worker intervention.

Kwon S.C.,Center for the Study of Asian American Health | Rideout C.,Center for the Study of Asian American Health | Patel S.,Center for the Study of Asian American Health | Arista P.,Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved | Year: 2015

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) experiencea large burden from certain chronic disease- related risk factors. The STRIVE Program funded four AANHPI community- based organizations (CBOs) to implement culturally adapted community gardens and farmers’ markets to increase access to healthy foods. KeyCBO informant interviews were conducted to understand processes and lessons learned. © Meharry Medical College.

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