I still feel proud of my work at the hospital during the pandemic. But I can no longer look away from the specific, fetishizing, gendered hate that Asian-American women face, both in and out of the hospital setting. Something has to change.
There is some truth behind the stereotype of the Asian American doctor. Asian Americans make up 7% of the US population, but represent more than 17% of practicing physicians—making them the largest minority in the field, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Yet for all the running jokes about Asian parents hoping, wishing, and praying that their offspring enter the medical profession, Asian Americans are actually not remotely as interested in being on the other side of the doctor’s desk.
Funders and peer reviewers are contributing to systemic racism through their biases about members of these populations.
“We don’t practice medicine in a bubble,” said Michelle Lee, a 30-year-old radiology resident at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. “Racism is just an important public health issue, just as any other medical problem that we’re dealing with.”
The full health impact of racial violence on communities of color likely extends far beyond what studies have so far captured, Wang says. Many analyses have been limited in scope or duration, often collecting data for only a few months, so they can't always be extrapolated to the length of a human life. But racism is a constant, going on day after day, long after the researcher's microscope has turned away.
... we describe the challenges of race/ethnicity data collection, how the pandemic has affected Asian Americans in aggregate, and what we know about its effect on the six largest Asian American subgroups.
Asian healthcare workers have experienced racism during the COVID-19 pandemic, including from the medical community, with potentially long-term consequences for those affected.
“Without Filipino nurses, the U.S. health care system would have been paralyzed,” says Leo-Felix Jurado, a professor and department chair of nursing at William Paterson University, tells TIME. “It would have been almost impossible for the health care system to have safely existed.”
The simple act of coming together to acknowledge injustice and at least starting to address what we need to do as a community was freeing.
Asian Americans are comprised of very diverse ethnic groups and face substantial challenges, according to Ma. For example, more than 70 percent of Asian Americans are foreign-born, and thus many have limited English proficiency. Other challenges include differing cultural beliefs and behaviors and unfamiliarity with the Western health system. In addition, Asian Americans have the most difficulty understanding instructions in a doctor’s office, are the least satisfied with cancer care coordination, and experience unique health disparities from other ethnic populations.
If science is the search for truth, then let’s get real by ensuring research actually represents who’s out there and what’s happening to them, from COVID-19 to climate change.
At the moment, health care is often one-size-fits-all. But imagine if in the future, health care could be tailored to each person. We hope to make that possible so that future generations may benefit. How? By creating a resource that allows researchers to conduct thousands of studies on health and disease.
Established in 1996, the Asian Health Coalition strives to improve the health and wellness of primarily Asians and Pacific Islanders, as well as African and other immigrant communities of color through advocacy, technical assistance, education, and research.
AAPI Equity Alliance (formerly, A3PCON) is a coalition of community-based organizations that advocates for the rights and needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Los Angeles County and beyond.
The Center for Asian Health Equity (CAHE) provides a central location for the comprehensive evaluation of the health issues and diverse healthcare needs of Asian American communities in the Chicago metropolitan area.
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AHA was founded to fill the huge need for good quality, accessible and affordable diagnostics in low income semi-urban and rural areas. The company owns and operates affordable and high quality medical diagnostic services under the brand name Asian Health Meter (AHM).
APAMSA is committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian Pacific American communities through education, outreach, advocacy, and service.
Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA) is a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for marginalized communities with special focus on Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in the Bay Area.
Part of our mission is to provide a mentored, supportive research environment to postdoctoral fellows, junior investigators, and early-career investigators and stimulate career advancement opportunities in minority and health disparities research.
The Center for Asian Health Research and Education was founded in October 2018 to provide a common place for research, education and clinical care support allowing disparate faculty, staff, community members and trainees to share ideas and common resources. Currently, there is a lack of resources and community. In particular, given the nature of Asian Health research, multi-disciplinary groups are needed.
APJPH publishes original articles on public health related issues, including implications for practical applications to professional education and services for public health and primary health care that are of concern and relevance to the Asia Pacific region.
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