The Asian-American population in the United States is extremely diverse, with dozens of ethnic subgroups each carrying its own culture, language, religious beliefs, social and political values, and immigration history. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, Asian Americans are also the fastest-growing minority population in the U.S. Despite this recent trend, health and health services research for Asian Americans are lacking, and their unique health problems and health care needs are poorly understood.
In effort to provide an updated portrait of Asian Americans and explore multivariate models of their health and health service use, this project will conduct a series of analyses of pooled data from the 2000-2013 National Health Interview Survey. To go beyond the currently available descriptive tabulations of the health profiles of Asian Americans, this project will explore the diverse subgroups within the population, and examine multivariate models of their health and health service use by including immigration-related information such as nativity, English proficiency, and time spent in the U.S.
The Health Profiles of Asian Americans in the New Millennium will provide updated and extremely relevant information regarding the social and health needs of the growing Asian American population in the U.S. Information identified in this project will also be vital in facilitating the strategic planning of research, public policies, and health programs in the future.