Understanding a Pacific Islander Young Adult Perspective on Access to Higher Education
AbstractThe Pacific Islander (PI) community suffers disproportionately from illnesses and diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. While there are tremendous health needs within the PI community, there are few health care providers from the community that exist to help address these particular needs. Many efforts have focused on health care workforce diversity to reduce and eliminate health disparities, but few have examined the issues faced in the health care work force pipeline. Understanding educational attainment among PI young adults is pivotal in speaking to a diverse health care workforce where health disparities among Pacific Islanders (PIs) may be addressed. This paper provides an in-depth, qualitative assessment of the various environmental, structural, socio-economic, and social challenges that prevent PIs from attaining higher education; it also discusses the various needs of PI young adults as they relate to psychosocial support, retention and recruitment, and health career knowledge and access. This paper represents a local, Southern California, assessment of PI young adults regarding educational access barriers. We examine how these barriers impact efforts to address health disparities and look at opportunities for health and health-related professionals to reduce and care for the high burden of illnesses and diseases in PI communities.
How to Cite
Tran, J., Wong, M., Wright, E. K., Fa`avaeJ., Cheri, A., Wat, E., Camacho, K. L., & Foo, M. A. (2010). Understanding a Pacific Islander Young Adult Perspective on Access to Higher Education. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 8(SI), 23-38. https://doi.org/10.32398/cjhp.v8iSI.2040