Updated: Apr 12, 2022
Recently we received the good news that a Community Health program for Asian Americans and Pacific Islands (AAPI) in Santa Clara County was allocated $1 million in funding as part of the federal spending bill. This initiative was spearheaded by County Supervisor Joe Simitian, added to the federal bill by Rep. Ro Khanna and signed into law by President Biden.
The need for a comprehensive look at the differing needs of communities within the AAPI umbrella is well laid out in this article.
Vietnamese Americans, for example, experience the highest rates of liver cancer, while Filipino Americans experience the highest premature birth rates. Asian Indian women have the highest age-adjusted breast cancer rates, while Japanese Americans are the highest proportion diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.