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“Breaking the Silence in APIA Health”

Cultural taboos in the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) population are strongly ingrained in their traditions and attitudes. Many medical issues fall under this umbrella of taboos. In this way, these unspoken issues remain largely ignored. This often hinders on the ability for healthcare providers to adequately assist the APIA communities. It is crucial to define the delicate line between practicing cultural sensitivity and ignoring harmful attitudes in order to improve APIA healthcare.

The 20th Annual APAMSA National Conference will provide the opportunity for open discussions regarding these issues. Topics of discussion include mental health, domestic abuse, LGBT issues, and many more. We invite participants to learn from physicians who are current leaders in dealing with these sensitive issues. These wonderful examples will help participating medical students gather tools and develop new ideas regarding different ways they can confront these taboos in their future careers.

As members of the APIA community, we know that these issues are very real and prominent. How can we bring awareness, without the indignity, to these pressing topics?

Join us on October 5th, 2013 in New York City and let’s start breaking the silence together!

Columbia University – Hammer Health Sciences Building
701 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032

October 5th 2013 8:30AM – 5:30PM