Special Populations' Student Health Concerns Committee


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:: African American Health Issues

The African American population is the second largest minority group in the United States. In recent studies, the death rate of African Americans was higher than that of non-Hispanic whites for heart disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDs and etc. The link below will give more information on this disparities affect the African American population. 

For more information, visit our Multicultural Health Clearinghouse website 


:: Asian American Health Issues

The Asian American population is becoming a large growing segment of the United States population. The population is extremely diverse coming from over fifty different countries and ethnic groups where each has their own unique characteristics (language dialect, cultures). From this diversity, it also brings along many different health disparities such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and chronic lower respiratory disease. The link that follows will provide more insight of health issues that affect the Asian American population. 

For more information, visit our Multicultural Health Clearinghouse website.

Reference: Asian American Health


:: Latino/a Health Issues

Latino/as are growing segments of the U.S. population with particular health issues. Several factors can influence the health of Latino/as, such as language, acculturation, access to healthcare, and so on. Some of the most significant health concerns for this population are heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.  There are also noted health disparities within Latino/a subgroups, such as Mexican-Americans having higher rates of diabetes, and Puerto Ricans having higher rates of asthma and HIV/AIDS.  

For more information, visit our Multicultural Health Clearinghouse website.

Reference:  Hispanic/ Latino Profile (2009)


 :: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Issues

The LGBT community is a diverse group with multiple social identities, which creates a wide range of health concerns. Significant health concerns for gay men tend to be STIs, substance abuse, depression, suicide, and HIV/AIDS. For gay male adolescents, attempted suicide is two to three times more likely than compared to their peers. There is some research that finds lesbian women tend to have higher rates of alcohol use, stress, smoking, and being overweight then heterosexual women. However, issues of heterosexism and homophobia can place a burden on physical and mental well-being for LGBT individuals. 

For more information, visit our Multicultural Health Clearinghouse website

Reference: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health (2008)


:: Minority Men's Health The life expectancy for women is still longer than for men in the United States; however the gap between male and female life expectancy has been slowing closing.  Men and women may be affected by the same diseases but certain diseases affect men differently than women.  For example, men are twice as likely as women to die from heart disease or liver disease.  Minority men are in poorer health than Caucasian men even though they have many of the same health problems.  Many minority men face social, economical and cultural barriers to having good health throughout their lives.  Minority men are less likely to see a physician and are less likely to participate in preventative services such as flu shots or colonoscopies than Caucasian men.  

For more information, visit our Multicultural Health Clearinghouse website

Reference: Men?s Health 101  


:: Minority Women's Health

There are also certain health problems and diseases that are specific to or more frequent in women than in men.  For women, the best prevention and treatment is education and knowledge.  Women need to be familiar and knowledgeable regarding their susceptibility and signs and symptoms of diseases affecting them.  Minority women are in poorer health than Caucasian women even though they have many of the same health problems.  Many minority women face social, economical and cultural barriers to having good health throughout their lives.  Minority women suffer more from a disease, experience more disability and earlier death and still use fewer health services.  With the recognition of these disparities, many organizations have issued new public health initiatives to address and combat.

For more information, visit our Multicultural Health Clearinghouse website

Reference:  Minority Women?s Health


:: Native Americans Health

There are specific health problems that occurs more towards Native Americans that other populations. For Native Americans, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is charged with serving the health needs of the population.  However, since the majority of the Native American population do not permanently live on reservations, they have limited or no access of the services. Along with geographic isolation, economic factors as well as traditional spiritual beliefs contribute to why the health among this population is poorer.  The major health disparities that plague Native Americans are chronic diseases, infant mortality, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and just unintentional injuries. 

For more information, visit our Multicultural Health Clearinghouse website.  

Reference:  Native American's Health


:: International Students Health

Certain diseases are known to affect the International Student Population more frequently than other populations. Although International Students vary from where their origins may be, once they arrive to America, they are easily susceptible to many disparities. Such disparities are the plague, rabies, coccidioidomycosis, histoplasmosis, West Nile fever, and etc. Each International student will vary in their symptoms due to where their origins are and how susceptible they are to the disease but the ones named above are ones that are most common. 

For more informationvisit our Multicultural Health Clearinghouse website.

Other services for international students are available from the ISSS Office. 

Reference:  International Students'Health


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