Pacific Islander Health: A first look at the reality

From the Institute for Social Research:

In the first study to detail the health of Pacific Islanders living in the U.S., University of Michigan researchers have found alarmingly high rates of obesity and smoking.  The preliminary findings are being presented today (August 24) at a conference in Los Angeles on health disparities among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

“Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are the second fastest growing minority population in the U.S.,” says Sela Panapasa, a researcher at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) and principal investigator of the Pacific Islander Health Study.  “But they are often under-represented in national surveys.”

“This is the first scientific study to assess the health, well-being and healthcare use of two sub-groups of this important population – Samoans and Tongans.  Our hope is that this will lead to the development of evidence-based interventions and policies to improve the health of these groups, and also serve as a model for similar studies of other sub-groups of this population.”

Read more here.

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