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Asian American Health – Future Directions for Diverse Populations

  • CUNY SPH 55 West 125th Street Room 717 New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Systems Change Series: April Lecture

Room 717

Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, with a population of over 14 million that is projected to reach nearly 34 million by 2050.  However, our current understanding of Asian Americans is as an aggregated group, and very little is known about the six diverse Asian American racial/ethnic subgroups (Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese), who have a wide range of disease risks, immigration histories, and socioeconomic status. Dr. Palaniappan will discuss the CAUSES project and the future of Asian American health.


Latha Palaniappan MD, MS is an internist and clinical researcher. She is Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health) at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research has focused on the study of diverse populations, chronic disease and prevention. Dr. Palaniappan specifically seeks to address the gap in knowledge of health in Asian subgroups and other understudied racial/ethnic minorities. Her NIH-funded work examines the clinical effectiveness of structured physical activity programs for diabetes management, as well as best exercise regimens for normal-weight diabetics. She is currently working on implementation of evidence based genetic and pharmacogenetic testing in Primary Care Clinics as the Scientific Director of Precision Genomics and Pharmacogenomics in Primary Care. She also co-leads the Stanford GenePool at Stanford, a population based biobank designed to accelerate genetic and other -omics discovery.


Light refreshments will be served.