CSAAH's 5th Annual Asian American Health Conference: Reinvesting in Our Communities for Health Equity - Oct. 8-9, 2009

August 10, 2009

The NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health is currently seeking abstracts for the 5th Annual Asian American Health Conference to be held in New York City from October 8-9, 2009. In this time of unprecedented economic crisis and uncertainty, people who are poor, sick, uninsured and underinsured, and who do not know how to access resources are most severely impacted by economic downturn. The theme of this year's conference, “Reinvesting in Our Communities for Health Equity” - provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of making continuous investments in our communities to address issues of inequity and provide linkages to resources for healthier communities.

These topics will be focused on at the conference: 

Leveraging resources through partnership building
As API-serving nonprofits face increasing challenges due to the economic downturn, the health of API communities is impacted disproportionately. Given funding cuts and downsizing, how are existing resources being leveraged through partnerships? How are we working together within and across API and other communities of color, and across sectors to reduce the impact of budget cuts in order to achieve health equity?

Translating research to action
How have epidemiological and community-based participatory research (CBPR) findings been translated into sustainable, evidence-based practices to benefit API communities? In translating research to action, how have existing community resources and strengths been used for project implementation and sustainability? What opportunities do federal stimulus funds provide to accelerate health disparities and health equity research for API communities?

Organizing and advocating for policy changes
How can we ensure that community-driven research and data collection is used strategically to drive policy change? How have our communities been educated and mobilized to participate in activities which can impact health policy and create systemic change? How have we held policymakers accountable for improving the health of API communities? What examples exist to illustrate how public policies have included and recognized API communities or allowed API safety net programs to survive the economic downturn?

Fostering opportunities in research, training, and leadership
What strategies are being used to invest in our future generation of Asian American health leaders? How have we cultivated and engaged leaders in a variety of fields (e.g., law, health, research, and industry) to work to impact Asian American health? What innovative models at the community level are being developed to train linguistically and culturally appropriate health workers who are on the front lines of promoting community health?

PDF of Conference Brochure

Register here: http://www.med.nyu.edu/csaah/events/conf2009.html  

For more information please contact:
nyucsaah@gmail.com or 212-263-0483