Van Park, PhD, MPH

Associate Adjunct Professor
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2 Koret Way, Rm 511S
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States

Dr. Van Ta Park is an Associate Professor at UCSF, School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems, and teaches in the Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) program. Her primary research interest is to address issues related to racial and ethnic minority health and healthcare disparities, especially among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), through community-based participatory research. Her research areas include mental health, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD), substance use, and intimate partner violence. Her projects examine the barriers and facilitators to accessing mental health and related treatment, and the effectiveness of innovative and culturally appropriate programs to address mental health stigma and barriers to help-seeking.

Her current work includes a $3.3 million R24 grant from the NIH/NIA called, “Collaborative Approach for AAPI Research and Education (CARE).” The ultimate goal of CARE is to address the gap and reduce disparities in research participation among AAPI through the creation of a registry of 10,000 AAPI who are interested in participating in research. CARE will be conducted in five languages (English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean) across four sites in California (San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County).

She is also collaborating with a community partner, International Children Assistance Network (ICAN), on a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative. The title of the award is, "Community Education for Vietnamese Americans on Dementia Caregiving and Advanced Care Planning."

She also has a pilot award from Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE). The title of the award is, "Texting to be Heard in Precision Health Research – Our Vietnamese American Voice."

Some of her past work included the Alzheimer’s Association’s Mentored New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (MNIRGD). The purpose of this three year grant (2015-18) was to culturally tailor a program to reduce stress and depression among Vietnamese American dementia caregivers. Dr. Ta Park also received a pilot grant (2017-18) from Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE) to develop and evaluate a Korean drama precision mental health curriculum among English-speaking AAPI, Vietnamese-speaking persons and Korean-speaking persons. She also has several other studies investigating the role of Korean drama to de-stigmatize mental health and help-seeking.
BA, - Sociology, University of Southern California
Mental Health Services
Asian Americans
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Depression, Postpartum
Help-Seeking Behavior
Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR)
Racial And Ethnic Minority Health
Health Services
Substance Use
Community Engagement
Health Disparities
Mental Health
Health Care Disparities
Asian Americans And Pacific Islanders
Cultural Competency
Alzheimer's Disease And Related Dementias
Dementia Caregiving