Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT
Topic: Increasing Access to Healthcare for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders
Guest: Tuyen Tran
We often think of Asian Americans as a well educated and high achieving population, and that is true of many. But many others are immigrants with limited English proficiency, living in poverty with little access to regular healthcare services. From 2007-2011, the number of Asian Americans living below the federal poverty level increased by 38%, a rate higher than most other ethnic groups. They are also the only racial/ethnic group whose incidence of breast cancer increased from 2000-2010.
The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, AAPCHO, is a national association of 33 community health centers dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders (AANHOPIs) in the US. AAPCHO’s member community health centers provide quality primary health care services that are linguistically and culturally appropriate for AANHOPIs. Together, they serve about 400,000 patients.
Tuyen Tran, MPH, is the Program Coordinator of Technical Assistance & Training at AAPCHO. She works/assists to increase the capacity of community health organizations in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services. Prior to joining AAPCHO, Tuyen worked on local and national health quality improvement projects, including a multi-site MRSA infection reductions initiative, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Primary Care Information Project and the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Recognition Programs. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Rutgers University and Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.
Tuyen will join the call to share her experiences working to improve access and the quality of healthcare for these diverse communities. Please bring your own experience and add your voice to this important conversation.