The Center for Asian Health Equity leadership and team of researchers are creating an infrastructure to address the gap in scholarly engagement practices and accelerate current models for research excellence in health disparities. Through our multilevel implementation science and unique community engagement efforts we aggressively tackle the challenges that face the most vulnerable populations specifically in cancer screening and education, chronic and infectious disease and mental health.

There is a pressing need to prioritize this work especially in Asian American and immigrant health research. Studies have shown that current research and policy practices give rise to erroneous conclusions about Asian American health through the practice of omission, aggregation of subgroups and extrapolation. There is also a paucity of publications pertaining to Asian health.  Between 1966-2000, MEDLINE database had 10 million articles, of which only 0.01% directly involved Asian health.

Leadership

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DR. KAREN KIM, MD, MS

CENTER CO-DIRECTOR

Dr. Kim is the Vice Provost for Research at the Office of Research and the National Laboratories, a Professor of Medicine, and the Director for the Center for Asian Health Equity.  Additionally, she is a nationally recognized leader in research and public policy focused on Asian Americans and serves as the principal investigator of the Partnership for Healthier Asians, an AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)-supported program to develop a market-oriented dissemination model to improve cancer screening among Asian immigrants.

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JEREMY CHIA, DC, MBA

DIRECTOR of DEVELOPMENT and INNOVATION

Jeremy is a first generation Singaporean-Canadian immigrant with over 10 years of experience in program management and collaborative leadership focused on improving the lives of people and communities positioned at the margins of Western socioeconomic structures, including people experiencing food/housing instability, people affected by the criminal justice system, DACA recipients, refugees and asylum seekers, people self-identified as LGBTQIA, and adults living with developmental disabilities.

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FORNESSA T. RANDAL, MCRP

CENTER CO-DIRECTOR

More than 20 years of experience in community-academic partnerships, health systems innovation, and minority health planning. Her background extends to cancer and health disparities research, public health, outreach and administrative leadership. Recognized both locally and nationally for her innovative approach to program design and implementation

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Yicklun Mo, MSW, LCSW

Assistant Director

Yicklun was born and raised in Hong Kong. He has always embraced a passion for advancing social justice and health equity for disadvantaged and underserved populations. In 2006, Yicklun earned his master’s degree in social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, Yicklun is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois.

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UChicago Researchers

Our affiliated researchers from the University of Chicago specialized in and represent
various disciplines, including medicine, public health, policy, social sciences,
psychology, and information technology.
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Dr. Seeba Anam, MD

Assistant Professor | Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
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Dr. Helen Lam, PhD, RN

Director of Research & Evaluation at the Center for Asian Health Equity, Community Health Educator, University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center | Department
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Dr. Sang Mee Lee, PhD

Research Assistant Professor | Department of Biological Sciences - Public Health Sciences
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Dr. David Liebovitz, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer of UChicago Medicine, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine | Department of General Internal Medicine
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Dr. Blase Polite, MD, MPP

Associate Professor of Medicine | Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology
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Dr. Michael Quinn, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, Social Psychologist | Department of Biological Sciences, Section of Internal Medicine
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Dr. Paula Lozano, PhD

Research Professional
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Shivam Bhargava, BS

Community-Based Research Coordinator
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CHIEKO MAENE, MS

PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH SPECIALIST
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Aven Peters, MA

Data Analyst

Program Directors

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Alia Ryan, MPH

Director, Chronic & Infectious Disease
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Siya Qi, MS

Director, Precision Engagement

Program Managers

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Nishita Conjeevaram, MPH

Senior Program Manager, Behavioral Health
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Naomi Louie, MPH, RDN

Senior Program Manager, Chronic and Infectious Diseases
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Samantha Dayon, BS

Program Manager, All of Us Community Engagement
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Madeline Bernard, MPH

Program Manager, Cancer Prevention
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Passang Gonrong, MPH

Program Manager, Cancer Prevention
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MaryGrace Sharp, MPH

Program Manager, Chronic and Infectious Diseases

Program Support

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Jessica Rubio, BA

Senior Program Administrator
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Stacie Ko, BPH

Community Outreach Specialist, Chronic and Infectious Diseases
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Megan Sanico, BPH

Program Specialist, Behavioral Health
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L. Crawley, BA

Administrative Specialist

Finance

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Paul Garingan, BS

Accounting Manager

Interns

Conor Dunham

Social Work Intern, Master of Social Work Candidate, University of Illinois Chicago