The Asian American Population On The Health Disparity Surrounding Mental Health

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In 2014, the Asian American population accounted for nearly 5.4% of the total United States (U.S) population and is projected to increase to 9.3% by the year 2060.1 Currently, the cities with the largest populations of Asian Americans include the major metropolitan and surrounding areas of Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Honolulu.1 In this report, the Asian American population was defined as individuals who reported their race as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Asian Indian, Vietnamese, Filipino and/or other Asian to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010. As the second fastest-growing ethnic group in the U.S., appropriate outreach and access to health care services, such as mental health is more critical than ever. …show more content…

Important factors that may influence these areas include biological, behavioral, and environmental, as well as factors attributed to both cultural and societal barriers. These factors can create and expand gaps in literature, inadequacies in community outreach, and insufficient improvements in mental health care services.3 The U.S. Census Bureau currently projects the U.S. population to increase from 319 million to 417 million people between 2014 and 2016.1 Currently, the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 National Projections Report has put an emphasis on the rapid growth of the American population due to two factors; change in age structure and the shift of racial and ethnic compositions of the population.1 With a significant growth in the American population, health disparities in regards to race, ethnicity, gender, income and geographical location have risen tremendously, further creating a gap of health literacy.4 This gap in health literacy has created many potential problems in adequate

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