April 2013 News

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ARCH Mtg 20Feb2014

Lecture on 2/20/14 - "APINCSN: Cancer Strategies to Reach Underserved AAs and NHPIs" by Trish Quema from APIAHF.

Dr. Bang Nguyen

We have added materials from the Health Research Partnership in Asian Communities (HRPAC) Research Partnership Development and Grant Writing Training Program to the Research Resources page. This is a program that was led by Dr. Bang Nguyen at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and with the collaborations of ARCH members at UCSF and the Vietnamese Reach for Health Coalition. Included are presentations on how to form community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships and how to write CBPR grants.

Jun Wang

ARCH members Jun Wang, Adam Burke, Janice Tsoh, Gem Le, Tung Nguyen, and Elaine Chow (NICOS Chinese Health Coalition) recently published an article entitled “Exploring a culturally relevant model of cancer prevention involving traditional Chinese medicine providers in a Chinese American community” in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine which described a process of integrating biomedicine and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) concepts to engage TCM providers to teach their clients and social networks about colorectal cancer screening (see Abstracts).



In yet another study that shows the problem of diabetes among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders may be dependent on factors other than obesity, in a large population-based study of women who gave birth in California from 2007-2009 published in the American Journal of Public Health, the estimated prevalence for gestational diabetes among Asian/Pacific Islander women was 11.9% compared to 5.4% for White women. This is in spite of the fact  that the percentage of gestational diabetes attributed to overweight and obesity among APIs was only 17.8% compared to 41.2% among Whites.  The highest rates among any racial/ethnic group were among Filipinos, Asian Indians, and Vietnamese.

Dr. Moon Chen at UC Davis and his colleagues published the results of a randomized controlled trial of lay health workers’ efficacy in promoting hepatitis B screening among Hmong Americans, a highly underserved and understudied Asian American group. Lay health worker outreach led to a higher rate of self-reported serologic testing for HBV (24% vs. 10%, P = 0.0056) than control group participants.

Does it seem that more Asian American children have myopia than White children? That is true in a large population-based study from Southern California.

Kim SY, Saraiva C, Curtis M, et al. Fraction of gestational diabetes mellitus attributable to overweight and obesity by race/ethnicity, California, 2007-2009. Am J Public Health. 2013 Oct;103(10):e65-72. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301469. Epub 2013 Aug 15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23947320

Chen MS Jr, Fang DM, Stewart SL, et al. Increasing hepatitis B screening for hmong adults: results from a randomized controlled community-based study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 May;22(5):782-91. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23613027

Wang J, Burke A, Tsoh JY, et al. Exploring a culturally relevant model of cancer prevention involving traditional Chinese medicine providers in a Chinese American community. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, November 2013. Epub ahead of print. http://www.europeanintegrativemedicinejrnl.com/article/S1876-3820%2813%2900163-7/abstract

Wen G, Tarczy-Hornoch K, McKean-Cowdin R, et al. Prevalence of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism in non-Hispanic white and Asian children: multi-ethnic pediatric eye disease study. Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Disease Study Group.Ophthalmology. 2013 Oct;120(10):2109-16. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2013.06.039. Epub 2013 Aug 14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23953098

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