Health Justice Network

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According to the Census Bureau (2000), the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (APPI) population is among the fastest growing population in the United States. The Institute of Medicine (Ulmer, McFadden, & Nerenz, 2009) along with the U.S. Census Bureau (2000) described that Asian American is someone who identifies him/herself as having origins in any of the original countries of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent. In addition, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander is someone who identifies his/her origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands, including the people who identify as Chamorro, Tahitian, Mariana Islander, or Chuukese (Ulmer et al, 2009; U.S. Census Bureau, 2000) Geographically, the Asian American population made up 15% of the California state population, while Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders nearly reach 1% of the state’s population (U.S. Census Bureau estimates, 2004). Half of California’s APPI population lives in three counties (Los Angeles, Santa Clara, and Orange County). In Los Angeles County, the concentration of the APPI population had a growth rate of 35% from 1990 to 2000 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). Socio demographics measures (i.e. median age, education, poverty rate) indicated an above average rate for the APPI population in the L.A. county area; however, some APPI groups fall below average (citation). The median age for Asian Americans is 35 years, while the median age for Hmongs, Tongans, Samoans, and Cambodians is 19, 20, 21, and 24 respectively. Educational levels also differ among the APPI groups; while most APPI groups show high rates of high school graduation, only half of Hawaiian and Pacific Islander obtained a high sc... ... middle of paper ... ...itions have similar concerns that impair the development of the network. Some of those concerns relate to the active involvement to the coalition work. This concern is not ajeno to the HJN. In this sense, the community-based research internship would facilitate to the HJN with (definition of needs assesment) that would increase the involvement of the coalition members. In order to obtain this information needs assessment will come prior to an evaluation program for the coalition members outreaching program. The needs assessment will be composed of interviews to directors/staff of the coalition members. Those interviews will be open-ended interviews in which the following topics will be covered: topic of interview. While collecting interview data from the steering committee, a survey questionnaire that covers the same topics will be sent to the remaining members.
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