The Asian and Pacific Islander communities have the highest level of diversity than any other population group living in United States. They speak over 2000 languages, come from over 48 sovereign nations and all have varying degrees of acculturation. Many are immigrants but Pacific Islanders are considered natives and all have their own unique belief about community, substance use disorders and participation is medication assisted treatments. There is evidence that higher the degree of acculturation leads to substance use disorder patters similar to the general American population but on the whole, API's have the lowest substance use rates among those receiving treatment services which make it more difficult to identify and service. People with substance use and mental health disorders are often seen as a source of shame for the family. While seeking services is the right thing to do, it rarely reduces the negative connotation because the cultural believes are engrained and slow to change.
Practitioners wishing to reach the Asian and Pacific Island people for MAT should pay close attention to language and cultural needs of the client and their families. Those who understand their clients' unique perspective are more likely to engage the client and have successful treatment outcomes. The public health research has found that when services are delivered in their language, in locations close to their living environment with an interest in the clients culture and wellness, will likely be rewarded with successful health outcomes and rewarding relationships.
You are invited to enroll in the ATTC Network's online training and select the Asian/Pacific Islander special population module. This module will help you understand the wide variety of clients categorized under the umbrella of Asian and Pacific Islanders. You will also be introduced to public health engagement and intervention strategies that have been proven effective and adaptable to providing MAT to clients with substance use disorders.
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> National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
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> Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence
> Office of Civil Rights
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> The Common Wealth Fund
> The Office of Minority Health: Asian American/Pacific Islander Profile
> The Office of Minority Health: Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders Profile
> University of Hawaii at Manoa: John A. Burns School of Medicine
> US Census Race Data
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> We the People: Pacific Islanders in the United States. Census 2000 Special Reports
> White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders