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    January 15, 2007
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Temple research center leads way in reducing Asian health disparities

Grace X. Ma, Ph.D.  | Temple's Center for Asian Health
(Ryan S. Brandenberg / Temple University)

Temple’s Center for Asian Health has received more than $1.4 million in grants since August 2006 to continue its work in reaching out to improve the overall health of underserved Asian-American communities.

Grace X. Ma, Ph.D., a professor of public health in the College of Health Professions and CAH founder and director, announced the center’s recent funding successes at an annual meeting of about 60 regional community leaders and health officials led by the CAH in Philadelphia in December.

Taking part in the meeting were members of the Center for Asian Health Steering Committee and the Asian Community Cancer Coalition Advisory Board, which also includes health providers, researchers and a representative of the National Institutes of Health.

With cancer as the second leading cause of death among Asian Americans, the CAH works with local agencies to put into action its community-based programs to reduce cancer rates and other related health disparities. This includes funding for tobacco cessation and early detection of cervical cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer, as well as prevention of Hepatitis-B related liver cancer.

“We work closely with the community, for the community. This will continue to be the foundation of our center,” Ma said.

During the meeting, Ma and her staff members from Philadelphia and New York City reviewed the effectiveness of their current programming targeting Asian Americans in the eastern region of the country. Community leaders and medical experts weighed in on the current situation, calling for finding ways to provide healthcare services to the uninsured after they receive screenings.

Anna Nguyen




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