Ethnic Group Differences in Health Outcomes Among Asian American Men in California

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The numbers of Asian American men are continually increasing, yet limited research exists on this understudied population. Addressing this lack of research is necessary to better inform how best to improve quality of care. This study examined health outcome differences across ethnically diverse groups of Asian American men in California, compared with non-Hispanic White men. Using data from the 2007, 2009, and 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey, distributions of health status and health-related characteristics across (n = 43,030) racial/ethnic groups of men (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, Other Asian Americans, and non-Hispanic Whites) were calculated. Compared with non-Hispanic Whites, odds of reporting fair or poor health were higher among Vietnamese, while odds of diabetes were higher among Korean, Filipino, and Other Asian Americans. Odds of high blood pressure were higher among Filipino and Vietnamese but lower among Other Asian Americans, while odds of disability were lower across all ethnic groups except Filipino and Vietnamese. This study’s findings highlight the importance of understanding ethnic heterogeneity to develop culturally appropriate health interventions for Asian American men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1406-1414
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of men's health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • Asian American men
  • CHIS
  • health outcome
  • men’s health
  • minority health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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