Despite considerable progress made towards cancer control in the United States, some minority groups have not equitably benefited from such improvements. There is surprisingly little empirical research conducted to reduce cancer incidence and improve cancer survivorship among Asian Americans, the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. Additionally, 75% of Asians Americans are foreign born, and close to 50% of Asian Americans have limited English proficiency, posing them with additional linguistic and cultural barriers to access health information and appropriate and timely healthcare services, such as cancer screening and management of cancer.
Dr. Lee will present her research to increase cancer screening and improve cancer survivorship among underserved Asian Americans. She will focus on her CBPR studies to increase colorectal cancer screening, hepatitis B screening and vaccination, and improve breast cancer survivorship. She will share her experience with community- and faith-based organizations and Asian physicians to conduct culturally and linguistically appropriate research to reduce cancer disparities among Asian Americans.
Speaker Biography - Sunmin Lee, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Sunmin Lee, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Sunmin Lee is a social epidemiologist researching strategies to reduce health disparities among racial/ethnic minority populations, especially among Asian Americans. She has expertise in social determinants of health, health disparities, quantitative and qualitative research methods, community-based participatory research (CBPR), and cancer prevention and survivorship among Asian Americans.
Currently, she leads an NIH-R01 study to increase colorectal cancer screening among Chinese and Korean Americans using shared decision making approach. Dr. Lee earned her doctorate degree at Harvard School of Public Health. She has held appointments at Harvard Medical School, University of Colorado, Denver, and at Seoul National University. She is a faculty associate of the Maryland Population Research Center, and the Population Science Program of the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
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