During the four national heritage months dedicated to people of color in America (i.e., Black History Month in February, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in May, National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month in September, and National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month in November), OEMA examines the impact of a chronic condition on the health of each ethnic population. Obesity is the condition of focus for 2015's Ethnicity and Health in America Series.


Through the Ethnicity and Health in America Series, the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs focuses on a chronic health condition particularly relevant to ethnic groups honored during four key months: Black History Month in February, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month in September and National American Indian Heritage Month in November.

Further resources, broken out by topic, may be found below.


Obesity in the Community

Presentation given by APA's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs addressing the paradox of obesity in midlife African-American women.


Further HIV/AIDS information and resources pertaining to the African-American community.

More about APA's organizational response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as information, training and technical assistance on a wide range of HIV/AIDS-related topics.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Learn more about CDC leadership in controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic, facts about how African Americans are affected and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. 

Fact Sheets 
HIV among African Americans Fact Sheet, September 2010 (PDF, 1MB)
- HIV among African Americans Fact Sheet, November 2011 (PDF, 336MB)

Public Policy

Overview of an international gathering for HIV advocacy, and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States.

Stats & Info Sites

Analysis of HIV cases and rates among African Americans, and by race and ethnicity in the United States and worldwide. 

General Information

Federal resources for HIV/AIDS and specific guidelines, clinical trials and other offerings from the National Institutes of Health.


Additional Articles on Stress and Acculturation Among Asian-Americans

Abe-Kim, J., Takeuchi, D. T., Hong, S., Zane, N., Sue, S., Spencer, M. S., ... & Alegría, M. (2007). Use of mental health–related services among immigrant and US-born Asian Americans: results from the National Latino and Asian American Study (PDF, 113KB). American Journal of Public Health, 97(1).

Iwamoto, D. K., & Liu, W. M. (2010). The impact of racial identity, ethnic identity, asian values and race-related stress on Asian Americans and Asian international college students’ psychological well-being (PDF, 387KB). Journal of counseling psychology, 57(1), 79. doi:10.1037/a0017393.

Lamborn, S. D., Nguyen, J., & Bocanegra, J. O. (2012). Hmong American Adolescents' Perceptions of Mothers' Parenting Practices: Support, Authority, and Intergenerational Agreement (PDF, 139KB). Asian American Journal of Psychology, 4(1), 50-60. doi: 10.1037/a0031045.

Lau, A. S., & Fung, J. (2013). On better footing to understand parenting and family process in Asian American families (PDF, 271KB). Asian American Journal of Psychology, 4(1), 71-75. doi: 10.1037/a0032120.

Liang, C. T., Li, L. C., & Kim, B. S. (2004). The Asian American Racism-Related Stress Inventory: Development, Factor Analysis, Reliability, and Validity (PDF, 91KB). Journal of Counseling Psychology, 51(1), 103-114.

Ong, A. D., Burrow, A. L., Fuller-Rowell, T. E., Ja, N. M., & Wing Sue, D. (2013, February 18). Racial Microaggressions and Daily Well-Being Among Asian Americans (PDF, 151KB). Journal of Counseling Psychology®. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0031736.

Sue, D. W., Capodilupo, C. M., Torino, G. C., Bucceri, J. M., Holder, A. M., Nadal, K. L., & Esquilin, M. (2007). Racial microaggressions in everyday life (PDF, 800KB). American Psychologist®, 62(4), 271-286.

Suinn, R. M. (2010). Reviewing acculturation and Asian Americans (PDF, 87KB). Asian American Journal of Psychology, 1(1), 5-17.

Wei, Meifen, et al.( 2010) Racial Discrimination Stress, Coping, and Depressive Symptoms Among Asian Americans (PDF, 124KB). Asian American journal of psychology 1.2 (2010): 136-150.

Yoo, Hyung Chol, Kimberly S. Burrola, and Michael F. Steger. A preliminary report on a new measure: Internalization of the Model Minority Myth Measure (IM-4) and its psychological correlates among Asian American college students (PDF, 121KB). Journal of counseling psychology 57.1 (2010): 114-127.

OEMA Professional Partners on Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Initiative

Additional AAPI Resources


Substance Use/Abuse Resources

Organizations Serving the Latino Community

Native American

Substance Use/Abuse Resources

Organizations Serving the Native American Community

  • The Center for Native American Youth
    One Dupont Circle, NW
    Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20036-1133

    Phone: (202) 736-2905