U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Health Disparities

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Health Exit Disclaimer, AAPIs have the lowest rate for seeking mental help of any racial and ethnic minority group. In 2019, only 23.3% of AAPI adults with a mental illness received treatment. The reluctance to seek help is due to many factors including systemic barriers to accessing mental health care and quality treatment, the stigma associated with mental illness and the lack of culturally relevant information that addresses mental health as a part of holistic health care. These barriers and disparities can lead to worsened symptoms and poorer quality of life due to the lack of or delayed treatment.

Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, racial and ethnic minority groups are at an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 due to inequities in social determinants of health.

The links below provide information about health disparities among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Use the HD Pulse Data Portal to find more information about health disparities among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).