The Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) is a 501(c)(3) coalition that aims to unity and collaboration among the various Asian Pacific American organizations and to improve the relationship of a culturally diverse Asian Pacific American community in Florida. The AAFF is a statewide organization made up of more than 70 Bangladesh, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese community-based organizations, businesses and media.

Miami MSA - Uninsured

From 2005 to 2012, the leading causes of death for Asian Americans in the Miami MSA were cancer (29%), heart disease (25%), and stroke (7%).1

• Between 2005 and 2012, stroke was the fastest-growing cause of death for Asian Americans; the number of deaths from stroke increased 62% during that period.2

• Indian Americans are the only major Asian American ethnic group in the MSA for whom the largest cause of death is heart disease• The most common cancers for Asian Americans and NHPI in Florida are breast cancer (57 per 100,000), prostate cancer (43 per 100,000), and lung and bronchus cancer (26 per 100,000).3

• Lung and bronchus cancer (20 per 100,000), breast cancer (10 per 100,000), and liver cancer (9 per 100,000) are responsible for the most cancer-related deaths in Florida’s Asian American and NHPI communities.4

• More than 38,000 Asian Americans in the Miami MSA do not have health insurance. Nearly a quarter of Asian Americans are uninsured, a rate higher than Whites (13%).5

• The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has begun to address these disparities. Asian Americans comprise  3% of Florida’s population but comprised nearly 6% of individuals who enrolled in the federally facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace Plan statewide between 2013 and 2014. More than 34,000 Asian Americans enrolled.6


1 Florida Department of Health, Florida Death Count Query System. 2014. “Resident Death Counts by Year by 50 Leading Rankable Causes of Death.”
2 Ibid.
3 Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum. September 2013. “Florida: Cancer and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders.”
4 Ibid.
5 U.S. Census Bureau, 2010–2012 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates, Table S0201.
6 U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census SF1, Table P6; Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. May 2014. “Health Insurance Marketplace: Summary Enrollment Report for the Initial Annual Open Enrollment Period.” Note: Enrollment numbers are tracked between October 2013 and March 2014.