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HaeOk Lee, RN, PhD, FAAN

University Of Massachusetts - Boston

University Of Massachusetts - Boston

HaeOk Lee, RN, PhD, FAAN

University Of Massachusetts - Boston

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Associate Professor, Nursing, University Of Massachusetts - Boston

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

Background: The greatest health disparity between Asian American/Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and Caucasian Americans is the incidence of liver cancer. Liver cancer rates among AAPI males are 13 times higher in Vietnamese Americans, 8 times higher in Korean Americans and 6 times higher in Chinese Americans. Approximately 80% of liver cancer is linked with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection among Asians.

Outcomes: The short-term outcome of my study is to assess knowledge and attitude toward HBV infection and liver cancer among AAPIs. The long-term outcome is to develop culturally-sensitive and group-tailored public health education for AAPIs to enhance knowledge of HBV infection and promote early liver cancer screening behavior among HBV-infected AAPIs.

Findings: I have conducted a community-based (Church-based) participatory study to develop baseline data on HBV infection and vaccination behavior. I found not only a low level of knowledge of HBV infection but also misunderstanding of the risks of HBV infection. The majority of participants rated their English level as “minimal” and knowledge of HBV infection was associated with both demographic and acculturation factors.

Publications

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  • Lee H, Kiang P, Tang SS, Chea P, Peou S, Semino-Asaro S, Grigg-Saito DC. Khmer American Mothers' Knowledge about HPV and HBV Infection and Their Perceptions of Parenting: My English Speaking Daughter Knows More. Asian Nurs Res (Korean Soc Nurs Sci) 2015; 9:168-74. PubMed
  • Lee H, Kim S, DeMarco R, Aronowitz T, Mtengezo J, Kang Y, Yang Y, Touch C, Fitzpatrick JJ. Recognizing global disparities in health and in health transitions in the 21st century: what can nurses do? Appl Nurs Res 2015; 28:60-5. PubMed
  • Lee H, Kiang P, Chea P, Peou S, Tang SS, Yang J, Fawcett J, Hann HW. HBV-related health behaviors in a socio-cultural context: Perspectives from Khmers and Koreans. Appl Nurs Res 2013. PubMed
  • Lee H, Fitzpatrick JJ, Baik SY. Why isn't evidence based practice improving health care for minorities in the United States? Appl Nurs Res 2013; 26:263-8. PubMed
  • Lee H, Kiang P, Watanabe P, Halon P, Shi L, Church DR. Hepatitis B virus infection and immunizations among Asian American college students: infection, exposure, and immunity rates. J Am Coll Health 2013; 61:67-74. PubMed
  • Lee H, Fawcett J, Yang JH, Hann HW. Correlates of Hepatitis B Virus Health-Related Behaviors of Korean Americans: A Situation-Specific Nursing Theory. J Nurs Scholarsh 2012. PubMed
  • Lee H, Hann HW, Yang JH, Fawcett J. Recognition and Management of HBV Infection in a Social Context. J Cancer Educ 2011. PubMed
  • Lee H, Yang JH, Cho MO, Fawcett J. Complexity and Uncertainty of Living with an Invisible Virus of Hepatitis B in Korea. J Cancer Educ 2010; 25:337-42. PubMed
  • Lee H, Park W. Public health policy for management of hepatitis B virus infection: historical review of recommendations for immunization. Public Health Nurs 2010; 27:148-57. PubMed
  • Lee H, Baik SY. Health disparities or data disparities: sampling issues in hepatitis B Virus infection among Asian American Pacific Islander studies. Appl Nurs Res 2010. PubMed
  • Lee H, Park W, Yang JH, You KS. Management of hepatitis B virus infection. Gastroenterol Nurs 2010; 33:120-6; quiz 127-8. PubMed