Dr. OiSaeng Hong is a professor in the Department of Community Health Systems and Director of PhD program in Nursing Science at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is the Director of Occupational and Environmental Nursing Graduate Program and an affiliated professor at the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. She received BS and MS from Yon Sei University in Seoul, Korea, PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and postdoctoral research fellowship from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Community health nursing and eliminating health disparity have been a key focus of Dr. Hong’s professional contribution. She has been engaging in and promoting the development of research programs and community services that reflect the variety of issues and problems associated with health disparities among ethnic minorities, specifically Asian-Americans, and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, such as low-income blue collar workers who experience numerous disparities in their health knowledge, their exposure to health risks, and their access to health care. Her community-based participatory health interventions include smoking cessation, cancer screenings, reduction of alcohol use, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and obesity.
During her tenure at the University of Michigan in 1996-2007, she co-founded the Healthy Asian American Project (HAAP) to improve the health status of Asian Americans through early cancer screening and training more than 300 lay health volunteers. Dr. Hong served as the HAAP’s inaugural Director for Korean American Program. The University of Michigan awarded Dr. Hong the Outstanding Faculty Service Award for Community Service and Social Action.
During her time at UCSF since 2007, Dr. Hong established partnerships with Bay Area organizations including Asian Health Services, National Asian Women’s Health Organization, Asian Liver Center, and the Literacy for Environmental Justice in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood to reach underserved populations. As a member of the Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders Stakeholder group, Dr. Hong contributed to recommendations to White House Initiatives and the Department of Health and Human Services for reducing racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care among these groups. In 2011, she was invited to the White House for discussions on improving healthcare and patient health regardless of country of origin.
Globally, Dr. Hong has been instrumental in training nurse scientists through working with colleagues in other countries including Brazil, Japan, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand assisting with nursing education, clinical practice, and research. Dr. Hong has been playing professional leadership roles in global organizations such as the World Academy of Nursing Science (Board of Directors), the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (President), Global Korean Nursing Foundation-US (President), International Advisory Board for Association of Educational Sciences in Hungary (Board of Directors), and the Korean Occupational Nurses Association (Board of Directors).