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 stress as it is relevant to the ethnic groups honored during four key heritage months in 2016:

  • 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 Pacific American Heritage Month

During this May’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Ethnicity and Health in America Series will highlight the accomplishments of Asian and Pacific Islander women who were the first inaugural women of color to occupy prominent leadership roles in their respective fields. We will feature a different prominent woman every week in conjunction with the I Am Psyched! Women's Firsts series. The second event of the series is the I Am Psyched! for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month panel hosted by APA Women’s Programs Office, APA Health Disparities Office and APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs. The event will be held at the American Psychological Association on Wednesday, May 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.