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Cultural Care Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

CE: 2 hours
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Course Summary

Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) are a diverse group of varied ethnicities and cultures and are among the fastest-growing population groups in the United States. The acronym APIA is used collectively for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders but these are three distinct cultural groups. The acronym is used because they are typically identified as smaller individual groups within survey data and represented as one group. Cultural issues have consistently been identified as a barrier to healthcare for APIA patients. Some of the barriers that negatively affect healthcare access, use and effectiveness of healthcare for APIA patients are specific to that population and some of them are shared by every ethnic and immigrant population. Common themes that appear consistently in the published literature include the importance of routine check-ups and preventive care, lack of symptoms, lack of knowledge, fear and mistrust, fatalism, gender issues, culture, and acculturation.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Asian-Pacific Islander American Populations
    1. Issues in Healthcare
  3. Unmet Health Care Needs of APIA
    1. Language
    2. Other Barriers to Healthcare
  4. Improving Healthcare Access and Utilization
    1. Limited English Proficiency
    2. Cultural Assessment and Communication
  5. Optimal Access and Utilization of Healthcare
    1. Physician Referral
    2. Culture and Language
    3. Health Navigators
  6. Case Report: APIA COVID-19 Fatalities
  7. Summary


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