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Most health data only code participants into standard non-Hispanic white, Hispanic, African American and Asian American racial categories, while excluding multiracial, NHOPI (Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander) individuals from analysis. For example, almost all health data about Pacific Islanders are grouped with Asian Americans, who tend to be healthier.

“This poses a problem because Pacific Islanders are at very high risk for poor health, yet receive few targeted services or research attention,” said Andrew M. Subica, an assistant professor of social medicine, population, and public health in the School of Medicine.

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/understudied-racial-minority-groups-show-alarmingly-high-rates-obesity-and-diabetes

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