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. Substance abuse/addiction is the condition of focus for 2014'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.



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