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POLICY STATEMENT

Advancing and Promoting AA & NHPI Health

CRITICAL FACTS

Contrary to public perception, AA and NHPI represent a diverse group of communities and suffer barriers to quality health care because of immigration status, the lack of culturally and linguistically competent services, and the lack of access to affordable health coverage.
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ACCESS

Access must entail the principle of affordable, universal health care coverage for all Americans, and address cultural and linguistic barriers to care.
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QUALITY

Quality health care must be applied equitably, with due consideration of the diversity of the conditions and needs of the AA and NHPI population. Health equity will not be achieved unless targeted resources are used to rectify persistent gaps in quality and care.
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COST CONTAINMENT

AA and NHPI are acutely sensitive to the unabated escalation of costs in health care since their communities are disproportionately dominated by small businesses which are effectively priced out of affordable health coverage.
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LEADERSHIP

Physicians of Asian descent comprise a significant segment of the medical profession, holding positions in academia, research, public health, and patient care. Students of Asian descent are one fifth of U.S. medical students and there are a significant proportion of nurses; allied health professionals of AA & NHPI descent.
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