The leading health issues among Asian Americans are cancer, heart disease, strokes and diabetes

6% of Asian Americans do not have health insurance

15% of Asian Americans experienced a mental illness

Asian Americans score relatively low in health literacy

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LEADING HEALTH ISSUES

Leading Cause of Mortality in Asian Americans

Male Rate Female Rate
Cancer 25% Cancer 26%
Heart Disease 23% Heart Disease 20%
Stroke 7% Stroke 8%
Unintentional Injuries 6% Alzheimer’s Disease 5%
Diabetes 4% Diabetes 4%
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases 3% Unintentional Injuries 3%
Influenza and Pneumonia 3% Influenza and Pneumonia 3%
Suicide 3% Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases 2%
Alzheimer’s Disease 2% Hypertension 2%
Kidney Disease 2% Kidney Disease 2%

In average, male Asians Americans have a higher percentage of stomach and liver cancer compared to Caucasians.

  • 1 in 12 Asians Americans are chronically infected with Hepatitis B
  • Asian Americans account for MORE THAN HALF the population infected with Hepatitis B
  • OVER a THIRD of Asian Americans are undiagnosed with the infection

  • Asian Americans are 5% more likely to have diabetes than white people.
  • Almost half of Asian Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed.
  • South Asian and Filipino Americans (between age 45 – 84) have the highest risk of diabetes compared to other Asian groups.

  • Children in low-income households have a higher risk of obesity, especially those in low-income Vietnamese and Filipino families.

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE

  • In general, Asian Americans have the second lowest uninsured percentage
  • Korean Americans has the highest uninsured rate among all Asian groups
  • Indian Americans have the lowest uninsured population

  • By 2017, there is still a 5.6% uninsured gap between Asian Americans households below the poverty line and those well-over the poverty line

MENTAL HEALTH

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  • Asian Americans are 3x more likely to avoid mental healthcare in fear of others finding out about the treatment

BARRIERS TO HEALTHCARE

  • 90% of community organizations need in-languages and culturally appropriate resources related to health.
  • 34% of Asian Americans have Limited English Proficiency
  • Asian American scored relatively lower in health literacy
  • Every 1 in 3 Chinese Americans still need help at least sometimes even when given the medical in Chinese

  • 13% of Asian Americans have faced discrimination visiting a doctor or clinic