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Asian Americans -- Health and hygiene -- Oregon, Pacific Islanders -- Health and hygiene -- Oregon


This report attempts to describe the current knowledge of oral health care access within Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities in Oregon based on secondary data from the Oregon Health Authority’s Smile Survey 2007, Smile Survey 2012; and the Coalition of Communities of Color’s 2012 report, The Asian and Pacific Islander Community in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile. To be clear, the 2012 survey report draft is cited most, as the 2012 survey reported more data on children of color compared to the 2007 survey. This paper also attempts to highlight the multifaceted aspects of access to care for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, from public health scholars nationwide, as well as their recommendations for moving towards health equity for these communities. It is my hope that this work provides a call for action with health care policy makers, planners, and service providers to implement systematic data collection of Oregon’s Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities to strengthen and enhance cultural competence, improve access to care, and ultimately increase the health outcomes of a population that by 2050, will triple in growth and represent 8 percent of the U.S. population.

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