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Data on Asian American Communities

AA & NH/PI COVID-19 Needs Assessment Project

This project is part of a larger multi-racial research study that is supported by the National Urban League, a historic civil rights and advocacy organization with 90 affiliates in 300 communities across the country. The full COVID-19 Communities of Color Needs Assessment Phase 1 report, inclusive of this study, will be available on the National Urban League's website​ very soon. The Needs Assessment Phase 1 was funded by The W. K. Kellogg Foundation, JPB Foundation, Ford Foundation, The California Endowment, Weingart Foundation, and The California Wellness Foundation.

Asian American Subgroups And The COVID-19 Experience: What We Know And Still Don’t Know.

This article in Health Affairs blog published 5/23/2021 describing the challenges of race/ethnicity data collection and what our team has learned about how the pandemic has affected different Asian American subgroups. We describe the lack of and need for disaggregated data about Asian American populations and its implications for health research and policy.

A Rapid Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Asian Americans: Cross-sectional Survey Study

The article "A Rapid Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Asian Americans: Cross-sectional Survey Study" describes findings about the Asian American community’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Asian Americans had lower levels of COVID-19 testing and limited access to testing, a high prevalence of mental health issues and economic impacts, and a high prevalence of risk-avoidant behaviors (eg, not leaving the house) in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. These findings provide preliminary insights into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Asian American communities served by an FQHC and underscore the longstanding need for culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches to providing mental health, outreach, and education services.


This report by the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) is written for policy makers, healthcare providers and systems, and community leaders to provide insights and recommendations that can immediately improve on-going efforts to address COVID-19 infections, prevent further deaths, and ensure that future prevention strategies are responsive and relevant when serving Asian Minnesotans. This report uses preliminary data on COVID-19 mortality rates among Asian Minnesotans. It draws attention to the disproportionate number of COVID-19 mortality rates among Hmong, Karen, and Karenni residents to demonstrate the critical importance of data disaggregation.

Health Atlas

The Health Atlas includes prevalence estimates of numerous health indicators in AANH&PI in national, state and local datasets - with data presented to the smallest disaggregated group possible. This provides important data on access and other underlying conditions (e.g., diabetes, obesity) that place our communities at increased risk of adverse COVID-19 sequelae. Contributors are Sheri Daniels (Papa Ola Lokahi), APIAHF, Dr. Nia Aitaoto (PI-CoPCE), and many others. This was developed from the last four years of efforts.

AAPI COVID Needs Assessment Project

A project led by researchers of color, centering communities of color, championed by Congressional members of color, including the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. The National Urban League, a civil rights organization, advocated and administered this project. Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH), and Pacific Islander Center of Primary Care Excellence (PI-CoPCE) contributed to this work.

Beyond Invisibility: Critical Steps in Disaggregated Data for AANHPIs

Join National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) alongside Dr. Keawe Kaholokula (University of Hawai’i) and Dr. Nadia Islam (CSAAH/NYU Langone Health) as they discuss strategic opportunities to get better disaggregated AA and NH&PI data during the COVID-19 pandemic - an essential step for achieving health equity.

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