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Articles > Finding Community in Data Focus of APIA Health Summit

Jul 4, 2010
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(The Asian American Press)

The Minnesota Asian/American Health Coalition held its 5th Asian Health Data Summit in June at Lao Family Community of Minnesota. The event, "Finding Community in Data", was designed to continue building on a long term effort to make health data more accurate to specific ethnic groups and to be user friendly for both the researcher and the consumer.

As health data and information becomes widely accessible to the general public, the U.S. health care system relies on its consumers to be informed about their health needs, health choices, and most common or urgent health topics. However, "Finding Community in Data" suggests that health data is not being reported or shared in an equally meaningful and relevant way for all communities. 

Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Sanne Magnan welcomed over 80 attendees to the 5th Minnesota Asian Health Data Summit. Dr. Magnan assured attendees that the MDH is working to help the Asian American and Pacific Islander community find itself within the MDH health data.

Full story: Summit demonstrated many opportunities for AAPI communities to harness better data