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Asian American Health Priorities: Strengths, Needs, and Opportunities for Action - A Study of Montgomery County, Maryland, 2008

Asian American communities, including those living in Montgomery County, are confronting unprecedented challenges with the advent of the 21st century. The challenges are characterized by, among other things, being at-risk of widening health disparities due to health care access barriers and a rapid population growth, which outpaced many other minority groups. In 2006, 124,605 Montgomery County residents identified themselves as Asian Americans. This population has been increasing rapidly, growing at a rate of 62% from 1990 to 2006. This report, Asian American Health Priorities: Strengths, Needs, and Opportunities for Action, is part of the Asian American Health Initiative’s (AAHI) continuing effort to meet the demands of the ever changing health needs of the Asian American population. Part of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Health and Human Services, AAHI is the first health-related program that directly addresses the health needs of the Asian American community in Montgomery County. AAHI was established and funded in fiscal year 2005 to help eliminate health disparities that exist between Asian Americans and their non-Asian counterparts. Since its inception, AAHI has partnered with numerous community and faith-based organizations within the county to improve the health and well-being of the Asian American population.

Recognizing the importance of collecting comprehensive health information to reduce health disparities among all minority groups, AAHI conducted two health needs assessments, the first in 2005 and the second in 2007, to identify the health needs of the county’s Asian American communities. Thirteen Asian American communities in the county participated in the 2007 health needs assessment and included representatives from the Asian Indian, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pakistani, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese communities. This report incorporates the findings of the 2007 assessment with those of the 2005 assessment. Together with an analysis of the scientific literature and available health status data, this report provides a first-time snapshot of the health issues raised by more than a dozen Asian American communities in Montgomery County, and proposes recommendations to improve the health and well-being of these Asian American populations.

1 Asian American Health Priorities: Strengths, Needs, and Opportunities for Action - A Study of Montgomery County, Maryland, 2008.
2 Focus Group Guide
3 Focus Group Community Reports
  A. Asian Indian Community H. Korean Community
  B. Burmese Community I. Nepali Community
  C. Cambodian Community J. Pakistani Community
  D. Chinese Community K. Taiwanese Community
  E. Filipino Community L. Thai Community
  F. Indonesian Community M. Vietnamese Community
  G. Japanese Community N. Youth Community

 

Needs Assessment 2005

Asian American Health Initiative Community Health Needs Assessment

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