The paucity of data on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) health is a critical barrier that hampers community and policy efforts to address the needs of AAs and NHPIs. Data and research are important tools that can help policymakers ensure adequate and meaningful resources to improve health for all. In an effort to address the dearth of data, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) launched the Health Equity through Enhanced Data (HEED) project with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health under a National Umbrella Cooperative Agreement. APIAHF worked with the lead agencies of community-led coalitions in five states to compile, review, and evaluate available existing state and local data sources on AA and NHPI health in their states, and conduct case studies of their own initiatives to improve data on AAs and NHPIs within their states and to disseminate their findings with state and local policymakers. This report provides a summary of HEED activities and lessons learned from the national and state perspectives.
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