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New Policy Brief - Addressing Disparities in Breast Cancer among AANHPI Populations

Oct 23, 2023, 19:37 PM by Wei-Chen Lee

Breast cancer is a major public health issue, and disparities in its incidence, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes persist among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. This policy brief outlines the key factors contributing to these disparities and proposes evidence-based strategies to reduce the burden of breast cancer among AANHPI populations. Policy recommendations we proposed include: culturally competent healthcare services, insurance coverage, breast health education, targeted community outreach and engagement, disaggregated data collection and research, and access to preventative screening. Policy Brief is available by request.

Author: Christopher Huy Doan (UTMB MS3)

Christopher Doan is a medical student in the John Sealy School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Originally from Arlington, Texas, he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has clinical and research interests in cancer medicine, epidemiology, public health, and AANHPI disparities. After graduation, he intends to pursue training in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology and oncology.

Advisor: Dr. Wei-Chen Lee (UTMB Family Medicine)

Dr. Lee is an assistant professor at the Department of Family Medicine, the founder of Lab to Eliminate Disparities (LED), and a health services researcher with the specialty in health disparities that disproportionately affect rural population and racial and ethnic minorities. Her research objective is to advance equity-based science and technology in chronic disease prevention and control including diabetes, dementia, and cancer.