In an effort to improve health equity and reduce health disparities, my area of research is, health promotion and obesity related chronic disease prevention (e.g. hypertension, diabetes, and, cardiovascular disease) among high-risk understudied minority populations, particularly Filipinos,, other Asian subgroups, and Latinos. My research focuses on Dissemination and Implementation Science, translating evidence-based lifestyle interventions to real-world settings with an emphasis on, community engagement for culturally tailored interventions that incorporates a community health, worker model. I employ mobile technologies (smartphones/tables) to augment intervention delivery, mobile apps for tracking health behaviors, and social media for virtual social support. Combined, these strategies are used to enhance intervention recruitment, engagement, and adoption, especially, for at-risk hard-to-reach populations. Through my research, I support student interns from diverse, backgrounds to increase diversity in health related professions, research and academia.
Honors and Awards
Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE) - Training Award, Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE), 2017-2018
Leadership Fellowship Award, Philippine Nurses Association of America, 2015-2016
Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS), Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, 2008-2011
2014 APIC Best Published Paper, Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, 2014
12th Annual Health Literacy Award for Research, Institute for Health Care Advancement, 2013
Child Health, Clinical and Translational Research Fellow, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, 2011
A Feasible and Efficacious Mobile-Phone Based Lifestyle Intervention for Filipino Americans with Type 2 Diabetes: Randomized Controlled Trial
"I don't have to explain, people understand": Acceptability and Cultural Relevance of a Mobile Health Lifestyle Intervention for Filipinos with Type 2 Diabetes.
Development of a Mobile Phone-Based Weight Loss Lifestyle Intervention for Filipino Americans with Type 2 Diabetes: Protocol and Early Results From the PilAm Go4Health Randomized Controlled Trial.
Designing a Culturally Appropriate Visually Enhanced Low-Text Mobile Health App Promoting Physical Activity for Latinos: A Qualitative Study.
Factors Associated with Underestimation of Weight Status among Caucasian, Latino, Filipino, and Korean Americans--DiLH Survey.
Digital technology ownership, usage, and factors predicting downloading health apps among caucasian, filipino, korean, and latino americans: the digital link to health survey.
Gender differences in lay knowledge of type 2 diabetes symptoms among community-dwelling Caucasian, Latino, Filipino, and Korean adults - DiLH survey.
Community engagement approach: developing a culturally appropriate intervention for Hispanic mother-child dyads.
Health Disparities In Underserved
Asian American Subgroups And Filipino Health Promotion
Prevention Of Lifestyle Related Chronic Disease
Community-engaged Culturally Adapted Interventions Programs