Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage

May is the month we celebrate Asian / Pacific American Heritage each year.  As we celebrate the diversities and contributions each group has brought to this country in the form of art and culture, did you know:

  • First Japanese immigrants arrived on May 7, 1843
  • First transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869 thanks in part to Chinese workers
  • “Native Hawaiian” and “Other Pacific Islander” population increased by 40% between 2000 -2010
  • In 2009, 80% of Asians have Internet access in their households – the highest rate among all race and ethnic groups

(U.S. Department of Commerce.  (2013).  US Census Bureau:  Profile America Facts for Features:  Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month:  May 2013.  Retrieved from


When providing care, do you account for health disparities amongst certain populations?   Ask yourself, do you know:

  • Which group has the highest prevalence of tuberculosis?
  • Which group is less accepting of hospice care?
  • What nutritional element’s intake is below recommended levels (73%) for post-menopausal Asian women’s diet?
  • What is the difference between ‘health literacy’ and ‘fundamental literacy’?

To find the answers to these questions and other interesting facts and best practices, log in to the HHQI Web site and download the Underserved Population Best Practice Intervention Package.

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