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Senate Resolution: SR 635 Georgia Health Disparity on Asian/Pacific Islander Americans

The state of Georgia is currently the second state in the nation with the fastest growing Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) population. As Americans, this group has contributed to the economic, education and healthcare backbone of the state and the entire nation.

Considering the need of this growing segment of Georgia’s population, a Senate Resolution SR 635 on Georgia Health Disparity on Asian/Pacific Islander American was sponsored by Senator Steve Henson (41st District) and Senator Horacena Tate (38th District), recommended by the Senate Health Committee (14 Senator members), chaired by Senator Don Thomas (54th District), and then passed on April 1st in the Georgia Senate with a majority vote of 44 “Yes”. This Senate Committee for the Georgia Health Disparity on Asian/Pacific Islander

Americans will be appointed by the Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. The initiative was sponsored by Dr. Emelita D. Breyer from the Breyer Foundation with the support of individual leaders in the community from the Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC-GA), Georgia Asian/Pacific Islander American Coalition (GAPIC), Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), Vietnamese American Community of Georgia (VAC-GA), and US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce – Southeast (US PAACC-SE).

The resolution is designed to form a Senate committee that will address the lack of health information for APIA and other minority groups, and establish a complete and thorough report as well as the needed policies and actions to eliminate health disparity for all people here in Georgia. This resolution is the first step, but a major step towards reform for our people in the state of Georgia and in the nation. 

The Senate Committee will evaluate the necessary healthcare needs and reform to address the increasing decline in the health condition of APIA as reported in recent surveys in major cities and states in the country. Recent scientific data showed different and much lower clinical reference cut-off for Asian/Pacific Islanders for some of the major chronic diseases, yet very little prevalence and risk assessment data have been reported for this group often categorized as “Others”. This lack of health data and programs to address the growing needs of this minority group has been prevalent around the nation despite the 2006 Kaiser survey that shows APIA under the age of 65 has one of the lowest percent of uninsured in the country.     


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