Ethnicity and Health in America Series

Ethnicity and Health in America Series

The Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs’ (OEMA) Ethnicity and Health in America Series is designed to raise public awareness concerning the varied health concerns of America’s people of color, while highlighting the impact of psychology and psychological factors on these health concerns. OEMA will focus on obesity as it is relevant to the ethnic groups honored during four key heritage months in 2015:

  • Black History Month in February.

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May.

  • National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month in September.

  • National American Indian Heritage Month in November.

In addition to facts, statistics and resources posted on the web, OEMA will also host a variety of activities to educate the public regarding the significance of psychology to health. Through these efforts, OEMA hopes to support and encourage psychologists to take a leading role in combating these burgeoning disparities.

Honoring Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This May, we are featuring the work of assistant professor of Counseling Psychology at New Mexico State University, Hsiu-Lan Cheng, PhD. She is an APA Promoting Psychological Research and Training on Health Disparities Issues at Ethnic Minority Serving Institutions fellow and her primary research interests include multicultural issues in mental health and racial/ethnic disparities in psychological help-seeking.