Executive Summary

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) are among the fastest growing racial groups in California and nationwide. In response to a wave of attacks on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs), California passed the API Equity Budget in 2021 that included a 3-year investment of over $166 million to better serve communities experiencing hate and barriers to various government services. The social, economic, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have served to further expose and highlight the gaps in access to health, mental health, and social services by Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPIs).  

This report sets out to quantify these gaps using a pooled 2019-2020 California Health Interview Survey supplemented by 2020 5-year American Community Survey Public Use Microdata. We intend this report to serve as a baseline, with future data collections of the American Community Survey and new questions in the California Health Interview Survey that will enable policy makers, government agencies, and community members to better understand the needs of AANHPI communities, and to find ways to improve service delivery and outreach to these fast-growing communities