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Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance (MOTA) – Minority Communities
Empowerment Project (MCEP)

AAHI, in collaboration with Holy Cross Hospital, Latino Health Initiative and African American Health Program received MOTA funds for the Minority Communities Empowerment Project.  The MCEP is designed to build capacity in the racial and ethnic communities through the empowerment and education that will impact cancer and tobacco healthcare decisions. It also raises awareness among the key stakeholders about the gaps in healthcare and increase participation in Cancer/Tobacco Coalitions and Town Meetings.

The goals of the MCEP are:

  • Enhance the technical skills of racial and ethnic minority health promoters to conduct cancer education and prevention in their communities;
  • Enhance the organizational capacity of racial and ethnic minority Community-Based-Organizations (CBOs) in education and outreach efforts; and
  • Increase the participation of racial and ethnic minorities in health planning and decision-making bodies.

Diabetes Awareness

It has been found that nearly 6.2 million Americans with diabetes are not aware that they are diabetic.

Source: American Diabetes Association

Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders between the ages of 45 and 64 years of age. It appears that modern times and migration to the U.S. change the food choices that Asian Americans make from traditional plant and fish based diets to processed foods and animal fats. A high fat diet coupled with a less active lifestyle increases the likelihood for developing type 2diabetes. Thusly, there is mounting evidence that diabetes is a major concern for Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans.

Source: Diabetes and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, 2006 , National Diabetes Education Program.


To provide diabetes prevention information to the Asian American community, reduce the number of Asian Americans with risk factors for diabetes, and raise awareness about the growing risk of type 2 diabetes in the Asian American population

The goals of diabetes awareness are:

    1. To increase diabetes awareness in the adult Asian American population through culturally and linguistically appropriate services
    2. To obtain data on the prevalence of risk factors for diabetes in the Asian American population
    3. To educate the Asian American community about pre-diabetes and diabetes prevention
  • People of South Asian origin are 4-5 times more likely to develop type 2diabetes than Caucasians.
  • The increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes within South Asians is strongly associated with increasing central obesity and hyperinsulinemia; South Asians also appear to be more insulin resistant, even at an earlier age, in comparison to Caucasians.
  • Recent studies have correlated lower thresholds of waist circumference (i.e. central obesity) with an increased risk of glucose intolerance in South Asians compared to Caucasians

Source: Diabetes in South Asians, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, 2002.


National Diabetes Education Program
American Diabetes Association
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Tobacco Control

According to the American Lung Association, there are close to 342,000 Americans die of lung disease every year. Lung disease is America's number three killer, responsible for one in seven deaths. Lung disease is not only a killer, most lung disease is chronic. More than 35 million Americans are now living with chronic disease. There are significant variations in smoking rates among Asian Americans.  Southeast Asians (e.g., Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian) and Chinese men tend to have much higher rates of smoking than other Asian Americans. In fact, in 2004, 11.2 percent Asian American high school and 2.2 Asian American middle school students were reported to smoking cigarettes. These high smoking statistics can be partially attributed to tobacco companies developing specific promotion strategies to target the Asian population. Asian smokers are a key market since smoking prevalence in most Asian countries is considerably higher than in the US.

Future Programs

Mental Health

Mental health problems in the Asian American community are disturbingly high, yet its services are inadequate.  For example, Asian women aged 65 years and over have the highest suicide rate in the country compared with any other population in that age group.  Also, Asian American adolescent girls are reported to have the highest rates of depressive symptoms compared to other ethnic girls.  In addition, many Southeast Asian refugees are at risk of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) associated with trauma experienced before and after immigration to the United States.  Unfortunately, in conjunction with the usual cultural and economic barriers to health care, there is a strong stigma associated with mental health, which inhibit many Asian Americans from accessing appropriate services.


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