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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage | Features | CDC

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage | Features | CDC

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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage

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Discover the History, Learn about Programs, Delve into Health Disparities, and Link to more information about Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander populations in the United States.
In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a monthlong celebration.1
Fifty years ago, the United States opened new doors of opportunity to more Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants through the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, which brought new Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong, and Laotian communities to this country.2
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This year's theme is "Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion."
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HHS Plan—working to raise the visibility of AANHPI health issues, health care and human services disparities.
During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we honor the perseverance of those who courageously reached for their hopes and dreams in a new land, and we celebrate the important impact the AAPI community has made on our Nation's progress.2
This year's Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month theme is "Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion." Through the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, there is work to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by facilitating increased access to and participation in federal programs where they remain underserved.

Programs & Accomplishments

HHS Plan for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Health
This HHS plan illustrates measurable objectives that the Department will pursue to raise the visibility of Asian American, Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander health issues, health care and human services disparities.
Tips from Former Smokers: Asian Americans - Know the Facts
Smoking increases your risk for cancer, heart disease, and stroke—which already are leading causes of death for Asian Americans. About one in ten Asian American adults smokes cigarettes. However, cigarette smoking varies among the different subpopulations.
Decreased Smoking Disparities among Vietnamese and Cambodian Communities – Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Project, 2002-2006 
The decline in smoking prevalence at the population level among Vietnamese and Cambodian men in three REACH communities as described in this report might serve as a model for promising interventions in these populations.
Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities – Selected CDC-Sponsored Interventions, United States, 2014. MMWR Supplement, April 18, 2014/63(01);37-45.
Viral Hepatitis: Asian & Pacific Islanders
Asian and Pacific Islanders are at higher risk for Hepatitis B, which can lead to liver cancer. Early diagnosis of Hepatitis B and access to lifesaving medical care can help reduce these inequalities.
Logo: Know Heptatitis B
1 in 12 Asians Americans and Pacific Islanders has Hepatitis B.
Know Hepatitis B 
CDC developed educational materials in seven Asian languages for the Know Hepatitis B National Campaign.
Hypertension, Abnormal Cholesterol, and High Body Mass Index Among Non-Hispanic Asian Adults: United States, 2011-2012[1 MB] 
CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released a report, NCHS Data Brief, No. 140, in January 2014 on the prevalence of selected health conditions in the Asian adult population in the United States. Data in the report are based on physical measurements obtained by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
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CDC Health Disparities & Inequalities Report (CHDIR)

CDC Health Disparities & Inequalities Report (CHDIR)

The CDC Health Disparities & Inequalities Report - United States, 2013 (CHDIR) is important for encouraging action and facilitating accountability to reduce modifiable disparities by using interventions that are effective and scalable. The report also underscores the need for more consistent data on population characteristics that have often been lacking in health surveys such as disability status and sexual orientation.
For examples of some important health disparities affecting the Asian American and the Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander populations reported in the CHDIR, see the Asian American Populations and the Native Hawaiians & Other Pacific Islander Populations web pages.


  1. U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, May 2015
  2. White House Presidential Proclamation Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, May 2015

More Information

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Learn more through these resources.
US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH)
Other Federal Government

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