Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal
The official journal of the Asian American / Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA), devoted to the exchange of knowledge in relation to Asian and Pacific Islander health and nursing care.
Editor-in-Chief: Hyochol Ahn, PhD, MSN, MS-ECE, MS-CTS, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, College of Nursing, Florida State University, USA
Hyochol Ahn, PhD, MSN, MS-ECE, MS-CTS, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, College of Nursing, Florida State University, USA
Created to fill the gap between nursing science and behavioral/social sciences, Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal offers a forum for empirical, theoretical and methodological issues related to Asian American / Pacific Islander ethnic, cultural values and beliefs and biological and physiological phenomena that can affect nursing care. This journal will serve as a voice for nursing and other health care providers for research, education, and practice. The journal is included in PubMed, PubMed Central, DOAJ, and Scopus.
Asian American (AA) community leaders, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (NH/PI) community leaders, and allies in the United States Pacific Northwest expressed concern that there are families and children from AA communities and NH/PI communities who experience and witness acts of xenophobia and racism. This can cause racial trauma. The long-time practice of aggregating AA and NH/PI data contributes to erasure and makes it challenging to advance health equity, such as allocating resources. According to AAPI Data’s long-awaited report in June 2022, there are over 24 million AAs and 1.6 million NHs/PIs in the United States, growing by 40% and 30%, respectively, between 2010 and 2020. Philanthropic investments have not kept up with this substantive increase. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine emphasized the need for effective partnerships to advance the health and well-being of individuals and communities in antiracism and system-level research.
The Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) population experiences disproportionately higher rates of food insecurity, which is a risk factor for cardiometabolic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension, when compared to white individuals. Novel and effective approaches that address food insecurity are needed for the NHPI population, particularly in areas of the continental United States, which is a popular migration area for many NHPI families. Social media may serve as an opportune setting to reduce food insecurity and thus the risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases among NHPI people; however, it is unclear if and how food insecurity is discussed in online communities targeting NHPI individuals.
Asians are one of the fastest-growing racial groups in the United States. The mental health of Asian Americans, particularly regarding depression and anxiety, needs significant attention. Various biopsychosocial factors interact to influence the risks of depression, anxiety, and sleep quality among Asian Americans. Currently, multiple methodological issues exist in the research of Asian Americans, such as limited data collection using Asian languages and inconsistent reporting of race and ethnicity data, which may be lacking entirely. All these methodological issues in research may account for the seemingly low prevalence rates of mental health problems among Asian Americans. In our study on mental health and sleep quality among Chinese and Korean Americans, we adopted multiple data collection strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic, including using culturally adaptive and validated measures as well as operating culture-sensitive procedures in the recruitment and data collection. The successful use of these strategies could promote early detection and personalized treatment of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance among Asian Americans. These strategies would further improve health care service use in this population.
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