MDHHS Releases Asian/Pacific Islander Behavioral Risk Factor Survey – Nov. 18

Lansing, MichiganNovember 18, 2015 – From 2000 to 2010, Asians were the fastest growing racial group in Michigan. As part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services continued focus on reducing health disparities and increasing knowledge about the health of racial and ethnic minorities, the department conducted a stand-alone, Asian/Pacific Islander Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (APIBRFS)  among the Asian/Pacific Islander population in the state.

The 2012 survey provides important data needed to help develop effective and culturally appropriate programs and services for Asian adults in Michigan. This survey is the first state-wide survey to focus on Asian adults in Michigan and provide state-specific, population-based estimates for various health behaviors, medical conditions, and preventive health care practices.  The full report, “Health Risk Behaviors among Asian/Pacific Islander Adults within the State of Michigan, 2012” presents the results of 43 indicators from the survey.

For the majority of health indicators, Asian adults had a similar experience to all adults in Michigan. Some of these included: adequate physical activity, ever being told to have high blood pressure, routine health checkup, and having no personal health care provider. For some other health indicators, Asian adults had a better experience than all other adults in Michigan, including the percent of adults who were obese, currently smoke, had no health care access due to cost, and ever were told to have arthritis.

There were only two health indicators were Asian adults had a worse experience than all adults in Michigan. These included ever having an HIV test and having an appropriately timed Pap test (among women 18 years and older). In 2012, 23.7 percent of Asian adults reported ever being tested for HIV, significantly lower than 43.2 percent reported overall by Michigan adults.


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