Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson Pleased Omnibus Included AAPI Funding to Study Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in Asian Indian Americans

Feb 26, 2003
Press Release
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) congratulated The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) for securing research funding to study and treat the high rate of diabetes in the Asian Indian community. The funds, totaling $500,000, were made available through the omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2003. The appropriations requests were made by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ). “This is great news for the Asian Indian community in the United States, as they are among the top groups at risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” said Rep. Wilson, Co-Chair of the House India Caucus. “I was very pleased that Congressmen Hoyer and Pallone’s requests were honored through this funding.” The proposed research project of 3,000 individuals across randomly selected American cities aims to gain insight into the disease process and create successful interventions. The three-year study will be performed by the AAPI, which is made up of 9,000 members, a constituency of 35,000 physicians, and 10,000 medical students and residents. Congressman Wilson sent a letter last September to Chairman Ralph Regula (R-OH) of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education asking the House Committee on Appropriations to fund this project. ###