The “Skinny” on Health Disparities among Asian Americans: Biological, Behavioral, and Social Determinants.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Hiebert Lounge
72 East Concord Street


Cohosted with Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College.

Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group, and have surpassed Latinos as the largest wave of new immigrants to the United States. Despite perceptions of high household incomes and educational attainment, health disparities persist, and few studies reflect the heterogeneity in their health risk factors and behaviors. In California, type 2 diabetes prevalence is highest among Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, and South Asians, exceeding rates among Latinos, African Americans, and Native Americans; gestational diabetes prevalence follows similar patterns. Biological factors explain some of their excess risk for type 2 diabetes, but social determinants—including socioeconomic disadvantage, childhood malnutrition, sleep insufficiency, and limited social connectedness—play important roles and create opportunities for public health intervention.


Araneta Headshot WebMaria Rosario Araneta, Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California San Diego

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