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Investigating the Myth of the “Model Minority”: A Participatory Community Health Assessment of Chinese and Vietnamese Adults

Investigating the Myth of the “Model Minority”: A Participatory Community Health Assessment of... Despite the persistent belief that Asians are the “model minority” there is accumulating evidence of health concerns within Asian subgroups. In this study, we implemented a cross-sectional participatory community health assessment in an urban city in Massachusetts, to understand differences and similarities in demographics, health and healthcare access in Chinese and Vietnamese adults. We gathered qualitative data from community stakeholders to inform the development of a community health assessment tool. The tool elicited information on healthcare access, health status, behavioral health and chronic disease history and treatment. Healthcare access issues and poor health status, particularly among Chinese participants and mental health symptomotology in both groups were areas of concern. These findings revealed important health concerns in two Asian ethnic groups. Studies are needed to better understand these concerns and inform programs and policies to improve health outcomes in these Asian ethnic groups. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health Springer Journals

Investigating the Myth of the “Model Minority”: A Participatory Community Health Assessment of Chinese and Vietnamese Adults

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Public Health; Sociology, general; Private International Law, International & Foreign Law, Comparative Law
ISSN
1557-1912
eISSN
1557-1920
DOI
10.1007/s10903-011-9517-y
pmid
21874359
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Abstract

Despite the persistent belief that Asians are the “model minority” there is accumulating evidence of health concerns within Asian subgroups. In this study, we implemented a cross-sectional participatory community health assessment in an urban city in Massachusetts, to understand differences and similarities in demographics, health and healthcare access in Chinese and Vietnamese adults. We gathered qualitative data from community stakeholders to inform the development of a community health assessment tool. The tool elicited information on healthcare access, health status, behavioral health and chronic disease history and treatment. Healthcare access issues and poor health status, particularly among Chinese participants and mental health symptomotology in both groups were areas of concern. These findings revealed important health concerns in two Asian ethnic groups. Studies are needed to better understand these concerns and inform programs and policies to improve health outcomes in these Asian ethnic groups.

Journal

Journal of Immigrant and Minority HealthSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 27, 2011

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