Filipino Health Survey Reveals Multiple Concerns

March 6, 2010

March 5, 2010



Press Contacts:              Stephanie (510) 316-9982 / filhealth [at] or

Chris (510) 487-8552 / ccara [at]

In 2009, Filipino Advocacy and Outreach (FAO) conducted a health survey of 300 Filipinos in Union City, CA, where Filipinos are 20% of the population.  The joint project of Asian Health Services and Filipino Advocates for Justice (formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action) produced one of only a handful of comprehensive studies on the health disparities of the Filipino community.

Some of the findings are:

•  The rate of uninsured increased to 19% during the recession from a Filipino statewide average of 11%.

•  For most, English is a second language and there is strong evidence that interpreters are needed in medical settings.

•  More than 50% of respondents are overweight to obese.
•  A traditional meat-centered diet contributes to chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity and hypertension.
•  Economic stressors ranked highest among reasons for anxiety and stress.
•  Newly arrived women were most likely to have the fewest resources, but served as the main provider for their family in the US and Philippines.

The report back and discussion will take place Sunday March 21, 2010 at St. Anne’s Church Social Hall, 32223 Cabello Street (@ Dyer St.), Union City, CA. The event starts at 1:30pm and is open to the public.  Community members, survey respondents, health advocates, and policy makers are all encouraged to attend.

Light lunch (merienda) will be served.  There will also be a raffle* of an HD TV, Wii Fit Bundle and other prizes.

For more information contact:  Stephanie at (510) 316-9982 / filhealth [at] or Chris at (510) 487-8552 / ccara [at]


*Raffle is limited to survey respondents only.  Must be present to win.

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