NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series – May 2013

In commemoration of Asian American Heritage Month, the National Institutes of Health is pleased to welcome Dr. Chau Trinh-Shevrin, as the featured speaker for the NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series on May 16, 2013.

Asian Americans currently comprise 5.6% of the population and are the fastest growing minority population in the United States. By 2050, it is estimated that the Asian American population will double in size, increasing to 43.2 million Asian Americans and representing 10% of the US population. There are profound differences across Asian ethnic groups with respect to immigrant status, migration histories, access to resources, language access, and socioeconomic status.

A large segment of Asian Americans face linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers to health care. Health disparities are particularly evident when looking at differences across racial and ethnic groups and within Asian American subgroups. While some national milestones have been made in addressing the disparities in health facing Asian American populations, there remain several challenges in eliminating these disparities.

In her presentation, Dr. Trinh-Shevrin will examine Asian American health disparities, challenges related to health access and health equity, and the progress that has been made to reduce health disparities in Asian American populations. She will highlight some of the research being done to focus on issues such as social determinants of health; efforts to dispel the model minority myth; community empowerment and capacity building; and collection of disaggregated health data on Asian Americans and other racial and ethnic minority populations. (Click here for abstract)

Dr. Chau Trinh-Shevrin is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. She is founder of the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH), funded by the NIMHD. She directs the Office of Community Engagement for the NYU-Health and Hospitals Corporation Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is a social epidemiologist with a doctorate in public health from Columbia University, and a master's degree in health policy and management from the State University of New York at Albany. She is currently a member of the New York State's Medicaid Redesign Team Health Disparities Workgroup, and has previously served on the board of directors for the Public Health Association of New York City.

Presentation Title:

Asian American Health, Context, Progress, and Challenges to Achieving Health Equity

Guest Speaker:

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH (Click here for bio)

Associate Professor

Department of Population Health and Department of Medicine

New York University

New York, NY


Thursday, May 16, 2013

2:00 - 3:30 P.M.

Seminar Video Recording:

Click here to view May's video recorded seminar.


NIH Campus

Natcher Conference Center, Balcony A

45 Center Drive

Bethesda, MD

Additional Information:

There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check. The seminar will be video cast and made available in the NIH Video archives and on the NIMHD website after the seminar. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.