Obesity and high blood pressure soar among Asian Indian Minnesotans, males found to be most at risk

The Asian Indian American community is a highly educated population that has doubled in number in the last decade. With over 80 percent of Asian Indians identified as foreign-born, the population grew from just over 16,000 in 2000 to approximately 33,000 in 2010 (1). Asian Indians primarily immigrated to Minnesota through family reunification and for professional opportunities (2). Due to their highly educated and highly skilled population, Asian Indian Americans also have the highest household income compared to other AAPI ethic groups with an average income of $91,151 per household (1). Continue Reading

Obesity, high blood pressure and stress among the challenges facing Filipino Americans in Minnesota

In the last decade, the Filipino American community in Minnesota grew 61 percent – more than doubling its population from 6,200 to 15,600.[i] During that time, Filipino Americans prospered in the state with the lowest unemployment rate among all ethnic groups at 4.1 percent and a higher than average household income of $66,000. While the Filipino American community is perceived to be healthier compared to other immigrant groups due to its relative ease in speaking English and a familiarity with the western culture, community members indicated that there are many in the community, particularly the newly arrived Filipino immigrants, who are struggling. Continue Reading

Tackling sexual health issues for bicultural girls

Growing up as a teen in a small town in Wisconsin, Kaonou Hang was taught that it was inappropriate for a proper Hmong girl to talk about sexual health issues – whether it was about boyfriends and sex, her monthly periods or simply using words for the female anatomy. This just wasn’t done in her culture and therefore relied on her friends’ knowledge to understand the changes that were occurring in her body as she grew into adulthood. Continue Reading

Bicultural Healthy Living

Bicultural Healthy Living is the ability of immigrants and refugees to bridge two cultures, the American mainstream culture and their culture of origin, into one that allows them to live healthfull Continue Reading