Toward improved health: disaggregating Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander data

Am J Public Health. 2000 Nov;90(11):1731-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.90.11.1731.


The 2000 census, with its option for respondents to mark 1 or more race categories, is the first US census to recognize the multiethnic nature of all US populations but especially Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders. If Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders have for the most part been "invisible" in policy debates regarding such matters as health care and immigration, it has been largely because of a paucity of data stemming from the lack of disaggregated data on this heterogeneous group of peoples. Studies at all levels should adhere to these disaggregated classifications. Also, in addition to oversampling procedures, there should be greater regional/local funding for studies in regions where Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander populations are substantial.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asian / classification*
  • Asian / statistics & numerical data
  • Asian People / classification*
  • Bias
  • Censuses*
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Data Collection / standards*
  • Emigration and Immigration / statistics & numerical data
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Hawaii
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Population Surveillance / methods
  • Prejudice
  • Public Health*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States
  • White People / classification*