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Filipino Americans have a rich history in migrating to the U.S as well as assimilating into American culture. They have a distinct immigrant experience because of their colonial past. This paper states Filipino American U.S demographics, health statistics, and traditional health beliefs and practices to understand Filipino American culture and beliefs. Lastly, there is an emphasis in the leading health disparity among them, heart disease, and the effects of racism and discrimination and how that impacts a Filipino Americans overall physical and mental health.

Course and Instructor

PH 407- Stephanie McMurtrie


Filipino American, Filipino American Health, Public Health, Health Education, Health Promotion, Filipino History, U.S assimilation, U.S discrimination


Asian History | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health Education and Promotion


This paper is the winner of the 2018 Ethnic Studies Research Paper Award.

[2018 Winner] Filipino Americans: A health profile addressing health disparities and the effects of U.S. assimilation and discrimination