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Am J Public Health. 2002 Apr;92(4):516-9.

Moving forward: addressing the health of Asian American and Pacific Islander women.

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  • 1School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Division of Community Health, Columbia University, 630 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, USA.


Little is known about the health of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women, a rapidly growing population marked by diverse sociodemographic characteristics, health needs, and access to and use of health services. This commentary provides broad recommendations for research, program development, and policy development based on the first-ever White House Initiative report on AAPIs. These recommendations address the issues of data, access, civil rights, community capacity, and the need to recognize ethnic subgroups among the AAPI population. Reflecting on the events of the past year, the recommendations provide direction for public health to address the health and well-being of AAPI women.

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