AAPI healthcare challenges and solutions
By Loren Blinde, PhD Apr 28, 2023 • 3 min
Despite being one of the fastest-growing racial or ethnic minority populations in the United States, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) face several barriers to quality healthcare.
While language barriers and a lack of health insurance both play a role, another key factor is a lack of regular visits with a healthcare provider. About 20% of AAPI people don’t have a personal primary care provider; they also have lower rates of routine preventive care and some screenings compared to non-Hispanic white people.
A lack of preventive care can raise the risk of common chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and more.
Why preventive care is important
Getting regular checkups is a great way to protect and improve your health. Among the many reasons to visit a healthcare provider:
- Your provider can make sure you get recommended screenings on time to find problems like cancer early, when they’re easier to treat
- You can stay up to date with vaccines
- Your provider can track your blood glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels to monitor your risk of developing conditions like diabetes or heart disease
- You have someone who can help coordinate your healthcare and connect you with specialists, if needed
- Your provider can give you advice and recommendations about how to make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce your risk of developing diseases down the road
- You can ask questions about your health and get educated answers
- You know who to call if you develop symptoms in the future
How to find a healthcare provider
Many people aren't sure how to find a healthcare provider. If you have health insurance, it’s smart to start with a list of primary care providers in your area who are in-network with your health plan. Ask people you trust for their recommendations as well.
Start your search for the right primary care provider by using the free Walgreens Find Care® tool.
Published April 2023.