Praeger Handbook of Asian American Health: Taking Notice and Taking Action, Volume 1

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William Baragar Bateman, Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, Henrietta Ho-Asjoe
Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 848 pages

According to the most recent census, there are 11 million Asian Americans now, and their numbers are expected to triple by 2050. Hailing from more than 50 different countries and cultures, their health is affected by genetics, actions, beliefs, and prejudices that differ from those of others in the United States. In these timely volumes, a cross-disciplinary team of specialists explains the health issues and diseases most common to Asian Americans, how and why disparities in both disease development and treatment exist for them, and what changes must be made to improve the health of this growing group.

This comprehensive collection includes vignettes and personal stories that illustrate the issues discussed and their impact on both individual and societal levels. Behavioral factors, including diet, smoking, and substance abuse are addressed. The text also describes traditional Asian American medical practices, as well as ways in which those practices have influenced American health care overall.

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About the author (2009)

William B. Bateman, MD, is clinical associate professor of medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY. A general internist, he is widely known for his expertise in primary care for diverse indigent populations, for health care through lifestyle change, and for insights regarding health-care administration.

Noilyn F. Abesamis-Mendoza is manager of health policy for the Coalition for Asian American Children & Families (CACF), New York, NY, the nation's only policy and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Asian-Pacific American children.

Henrietta Ho-Asjoe is administrator and director of the Community Development Center for the Study of Asian American Health at the New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY.

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