Asian American Communities and Health: Context, Research, Policy, and Action

Asian American Communities and Health: Context, Research, Policy, and Action

by Chau Trinh-Shevrin, Nadia Shilpi Islam, Mariano Jose Rey
     
 

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This ground-breaking textbook examines Asian American health from a public health perspective. It provides an overview of the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that influence the distribution of disease and illness in Asian American communities. The book explores the diversity within the Asian community with respect to health seeking behavior and…  See more details below

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This ground-breaking textbook examines Asian American health from a public health perspective. It provides an overview of the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that influence the distribution of disease and illness in Asian American communities. The book explores the diversity within the Asian community with respect to health seeking behavior and knowledge, socioeconomic status, educational level, cultural traditions, and specific health care needs and issues. By examining the contextual factors that impact health, the book seeks to facilitate a meaningful dialogue and identify creative solutions for health disparities faced by racial and ethnic minority communities.

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"…a recently published book that not only focuses on a growing and hugely diverse cultural group in the United States but also underscores the importance of context in any relationship between a clinician and patient." (New York Times, July 16, 2009)

“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 justice.”
— 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 health.”
— The Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470505656
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/03/2009
Series:
Public Health/Vulnerable Populations , #22
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
736
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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