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Health Equity Forum: Ethnic Partner Spotlight – May 2016
30 Percent of Filipino and Southeast Asian American Children are Overweight or Obese
By Iyanrick John, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) recently released two reports that provide descriptions of successful collaboration between public and private organizations to improve knowledge about obesity and other health conditions affecting the diverse Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) community.
Obesity and Overweight among Asian American Children and Adolescents found that one in five Asian American children is overweight, and nearly 30 percent of Filipinos and Southeast Asian American children are overweight – the highest amongst all Asian Americans. This new information has the potential to inform targeted interventions, as childhood obesity and overweight have been linked to a host of health, behavioral, and psychological problems that continue into adolescence.
In Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships for Data Equity, APIAHF analyzed strategies from six community-based organizations across the country to improve collection, reporting, and dissemination for health data for AAs and NHPIs at the state and local level. Accurate data is needed to identify health disparities and understand the unique needs of communities, especially for AAs and NHPIs who constitute 80 ethnic and cultural groups and speak over 100 languages. The report describes APIAHF’s national efforts to improve data equity and offers policy recommendations to support adoption of public-private partnerships for improved data equity.