Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) | Rutgers University

Agenda

7.30am – 8.00am

Registration and Breakfast

8.00am – 8.30am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

-      Brian L. Strom MD MPH, Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University

-      XinQi Dong MD MPH, Director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University 

8.30am – 9.30am

Keynote – Data Disaggregation and Foundation-Based Research

Tina Kauh PhD MS, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

9.30am – 10.15am

 

Panel Discussion – Mentorship and Career Development

Introducer: David Krol MD MPH, Medical Director, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health and New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative

Discussant: Michael Palis, PhD, Provost, Rutgers University – Camden

Panelists:

-      Eliza Ng MD MPH, Chief Medical Officer of Population Health, RWJ Barnabas

-      Melissa Simon MD MPH, Vice Chair and Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University

-      Antoinette Stroup PhD MS, Resident Member, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

-      Chau Trinh-Shevrin DrPH, Associate Professor, NYU

10.15am – 10.30am

Break

10.30am – 11.45am

 

RCMAR Scientists Presentation – Session 1

Introducer: Esther Wong MA, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Chinese American Service League

Discussant: Albert Siu MD, Professor and Chair Emeritus, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai

Presenting RCMAR Scientists:

-      Exploring the associations between risk and protective factors and the health of older sexual and gender minority Asian Americans Jason Flatt PhD MPH, Assistant Professor, USCF

-      Association Between Different Forms of Elder Mistreatment and Cognitive Change, Mengting Li PhD, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

-      Mental Health Outcomes among Older LGBT and Non-LGBT Asian Americans: The Influence of Minority Stress, Chien-Ching Li PhD MPH, Associate Professor, Rush University

-      Stress Coping Process among Homebound Chinese and Korean American Older Adults: How do Internet Use and Acculturation Matter? Jinyu Liu PhD MSW MA, Assistant Professor, Columbia University

-      Resilience in the Face of Adversity: The Case of Chinese Older Immigrants in the United States, May Guo PhD MS, Associate Professor, University of Iowa 

11.45am – 12.30pm

Panel Discussion – The Road to Becoming an Independent Investigator

Introducer: Jennifer Tsui PhD MPH, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

Discussant: XinQi Dong MD MPH, Director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University 

Panelists:

-      Raymond Yung MB ChB, Director, Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan

-      Bei Wu PhD MS, Dean's Professor in Global Health, NYU

-      Jay Magaziner PhD MSHyg, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland

-      Nadia Islam PhD, Associate Professor, NYU

12.30pm – 1.15pm

Lunch and Plenary Session – Translational Research: The New Jersey Alliance For Clinical and Translational Science

Rey Panettieri MD, Vice Chancellor for Translational Medicine and Science, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University

1.15pm – 1.30pm

Break

1.30pm – 2.45pm

RCMAR Scientists Presentation – Session 2

Introducer: Su Wang MD MPH, Medical Director, Center for Asian Health, RWJ Barnabas

Discussant: Scarlett Gomez PhD MPH, Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF

Presenting RCMAR Scientists:

-      Implementation of a Health-Related Social Needs Screening Tool in Primary Care Settings among Diverse Patients, Jennifer Tsui PhD MPH, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

-      Health Outcomes in Asian Older Adults under Extreme Heat and Medication Use, Soko Setoguchi DrPH MD, Associate Professor, Rutgers University

-      Neighborhood Walkability, Active Travel, and Health in Asian Americans: Does English Proficiency Matter? Hyunwoo Yoon PhD MSW/MPH, Assistant Professor, Texas State University

-      Resilience, Gut Microbiota, Inflammation and Symptoms in Asian Older Adults with Stroke, Eeeseung Byun PhD RN, Assistant Professor, University of Washington

2.45pm – 4.00pm

Panel Discussion – Building Sustainable Research Partnerships Between Institutions and Communities

Introducer: Jessica Israel MD, Corporate Chair of Geriatrics, RWJ Barnabas

Discussant: Diane Hill PhD, Assistant Chancellor, University-Community Partnerships, Rutgers University – Newark

-      Sunanda Gaur MD, Director South Asian Total Health Initiative, RWJ Barnabas

-      Thomas Yu MA, Co-Executive Director, Asian Americans for Equality

-      Esther Wong MA, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Chinese American Service League (TBC)

-      Mariam Merced MA, Director, Community Health Promotion Program, RWJBarnabas

-      Camilla Comer-Carruthers MPH, Manager, Community Education, RWJBarnabas

4.00pm – 4.30pm

Closing Remarks

XinQi Dong MD MPH, Director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University 

 

 

Introduction and Welcome

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research

Established in 1985 by David Mechanic, the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (IFH) facilitates collaboration among the social and behavioral sciences, clinical disciplines, basic sciences and related fields to promote research on critical population health issues. Currently, Dr. XinQi Dong serves as the director of IFH and brings together scholars across and beyond Rutgers into a vibrant interdisciplinary network that advances high quality research in core areas: Behavioral Health; Health Economics; Social and Cultural Determinants of Health; Pharmacoepidemiology; Violence Prevention; Health Disparities; Aging Research; State Health Policy and Health Services Research.

IFH’s members have generated award-winning scholarship. A total of six current and former faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM)) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Mission

The principal mission of the Institute for Health is health, health care, and policy research. The faculty is actively involved in developing future scholars through education and training programs and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. IFH faculty led an NIMH-funded postdoctoral training program in mental health services research for 35 years that concluded in 2015. The Institute draws on its rich faculty resources in the social and behavioral sciences, public policy, health services research, public health, nursing, social work, medicine, law, business, and pharmacy. The faculty teaches department-based courses in health including a Health and Society program in the Sociology Department that is available as a minor to undergraduates.

The research focuses on important and persistent health care issues that are informed by sophisticated theory and methods. A strong academic foundation is combined with applied policy analyses. The Institute disseminates relevant research information to policymakers, community partners, advocates and consumers and involves these groups in ongoing research. The Institute performs convening functions by bringing together state policymakers and administrators and representatives of the private and nonprofit sectors to discuss shared policy concerns. Together these strategies build a more integrated and effective health research and policy community.

Rutgers Asian RCMAR

This NIH-funded P30 RCMAR has been established to advance careers of investigators from underrepresented populations through translational trauma and resilience research amongst one of the most understudied, yet fastest growing populations in the U.S.: Asian American older adults. Such an important focus in research, population and investigators informs both practice and policy at community, regional and national levels. Asians are the fastest growing yet most understudied US minority group at 21 million people and growing 56% from 2000-2013. Yet, < 1% of NIH research funding in the last 10 years were focused on US Asian populations, with only 3-5 total funded NIH grants/year that focus on US Asian older adults.

Moreover, this population experiences the “Asian Paradox”: while on average, US Asians, are the highest-income earners and the most highly-educated, more Asians, especially older adults, live below the poverty line, are less likely to participate in biomedical research, and suffer disproportional health disparities compared to white Americans. These health inequities are further complicated by the heterogeneity of these immigrant populations, especially with respect to culture, religion, language, sexual identity, and trauma exposure, many of which challenge our assumptions about the “model minority” stereotype. Such exposures and heterogeneities lead to isolation and further removal from opportunities to participate in research, thus restricting benefits conferred from population level research. However, despite this diversity, there are unifying themes across Asian cultures with regard to shared experiences of immigration, trauma, strong family bonds, cultural values and expectations, and the intergenerational nature of the aging process.

Building on two decades of rigorous aging research in minority populations and track records of successful academic achievements, we have leveraged strong existing transdisciplinary partnerships across multiple academic and community institutions to build a center designed to foster the next generation of diverse researchers in a nurturing environment that is conducive to success and promotes highly relevant and rigorous trauma, resilience and health outcomes research among Asian American older adults.

The Rutgers Asian RCMAR has the following scientific lines of inquiry:

1) Understand the cross-ethnic variations in the social, cultural, and behavioral mechanisms of trauma and stress across Asian populations;

2) Explore the potential differential health outcomes associated with trauma, immigration, and mechanisms of resilience in ameliorating adverse consequences among Asian populations; and

3) Build institutional and community capacity that tests and adapts and implements evidence based behavioral change strategies to prevent and treat trauma, promote resilience, and mitigate the effect of stressful events in Asian aging populations. The overall aims of the application reflect the synergistic work of Administrative (AC), Research Education (REC), Measurement and Analysis (AnC) and Community Liaison and Recruitment (CLRC) Cores.

 

 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Brian L. Strom MD MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University

Brian L. Strom MD MPH is the Inaugural Chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) and the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at Rutgers University. Dr. Strom was formerly the Executive Vice Dean of Institutional Affairs, Founding Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Founding Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, all at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).

Dr. Strom earned a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 1971, and then an M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1975. From 1975–1978 he was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine and from 1978–1980 he was an NIH fellow in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco. He simultaneously earned an M.P.H. Degree in Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Although Dr. Strom's interests span many areas of clinical epidemiology, his major research interest is in the field of pharmacoepidemiology, i.e., the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of drug use and effects. He is recognized as a founder of this field and for his pioneer work in using large automated databases for research. He is editor of the field's major text (now in its fifth edition) and Editor-in-Chief for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, the official journal of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.

Dr. Strom is also a nationally recognized leader in clinical research training. Dr. Strom was a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, the Board of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and the Board of Directors for the American College of Epidemiology, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Patient-Oriented Research. Dr. Strom is a member of the American Epidemiology Society, and is one of a handful of clinical epidemiologists ever elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and American Association of Physicians. He has also been an elected member of the IOM of the National Academy of Sciences since 2001.

Dr. Strom received the 2003 Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, the Naomi M. Kanof Clinical Investigator Award of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the George S. Pepper Professorship of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and in 2006 he received the Sustained Scientific Excellence Award from the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology. In addition, Dr. Strom was named the 2008 recipient of the John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine. This award is from the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is considered to be one of the highest awards in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Strom also received the 2013 Association for Clinical and Translational Science/American Federation for Medical Research National Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science for translation from clinical use into public benefit and policy. Penn awards that Dr. Strom received include the Class of 1992 Class Teaching Award and the Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award. Dr. Strom received the 2004 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award, the University’s most prestigious teaching award, in recognition of the contribution he has made in his career to clinical research teaching. In 2019, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Clinical Research Forum.


 

XinQi Dong MD MPH
Director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University
Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Science

Dr. XinQi Dong is the Director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IFH) at Rutgers University as well as the inaugural Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Sciences. Dr. Dong has published extensively on the topics of violence prevention with more than 220 peer-reviewed publications and is leading a longitudinal epidemiological study (The PINE Study) of 3,300 Chinese older adults to quantify relationships among culture, violence and health outcomes. Dr. Dong is the principle investigator of eight federally-funded grants and also has mentored many trainees and faculties to success. He is the PI of the NIA funded P30 Center RCMAR. Dr. Dong serves on many editorial boards, was guest editor-in-chief for Journal of Aging Health and Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences and edited the key textbook on elder abuse – the field’s largest collection of research, practice, and policy.

Dr. Dong was the recipient of the Paul Beeson Award by National Institute on Aging, the National Physician Advocacy Merit Award by the Institute for Medicine as a Profession, the Nobuo Maeda International Aging and Public Health Research Award by the APHA, National Award for Excellence by APHA, the Maxwell Pollack Award in Productive Aging, the Joseph Freeman Award and the Powell Lawton Award by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). He was also awarded the Rosalie Wolf Award by the National Committee on the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award by the American Geriatric Society. Dr. Dong was elected to be a Commissioner for the Commission on Law and Aging of the American Bar Association (ABA). In 2017, Dr. Dong received the Eward Busse Award by the International Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. In 2018, he was awarded the RWJ Foundation Health Equity Award.

Dr. Dong has been a strong advocate for advancing population health issues in under-represented communities across the local, national and international level. Internationally, Dr. Dong has worked with multiple institutions in China as well as Chinese National Committee on Aging to further dialogue between the US China collaborative on elder justice and mental health. He was the first geriatrician to receive the National Physician Advocacy Merit Award by the Institute on Medicine. Dr. Dong served as a Senior Advisor for DHHS under Obama administration. His policy and advocacy work with the Department of Justice and Center for Disease Control and Prevention have also shaped the national agenda on the surveillance and preventive strategies combating the issues of violence prevention. In 2011, Dr. Dong was appointed as a member of the Institute of Medicine: Global Violence Prevention Forum. Subsequently, he chaired the workshop on elder abuse prevention. In 2017, Dr. Dong was invited to be the planning committee member for Board on Global Health to chart the future of violence prevention effort at the NAM. In 2018, Dr. Dong became a member of the NAM Consensus study: Care Intervention of Individuals with Dementia. In 2018, Dr. Dong was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

An immigrant to the United States, Dr. Dong grew up in a rural village near Nanjing, China. He received his BA in biology and economics from the University of Chicago, his MD at Rush University College of Medicine, and his MPH in epidemiology at University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his internal medicine residency and geriatric fellowship at Yale University Medical Center.

 

 

Attendees

Albert Siu, MD

Professor and Chair Emeritus Director, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Mount Sinai

Bei Wu, PhD

Dean's Professor in Global Health

NYU

Bei Wang, MPH

Research Assistant, Co-President of China Public Health Student Organization

Rutgers University

Camilla Comer-Carruthers, MPH

Manager, Community Education

RWJ Barnabas

Charles Chear, MSW

Assistant Director of Student Affairs MSW Newark Campus Coordinator

Rutgers University

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH

Associate Professor

NYU

Chenjuan Ma, PhD MSN

Health Services Researcher

NYU

Chien-Ching Li, PhD MPH

Associate Professor

Rush University

David Krol, MD MPH

Medical Director, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutritiona and New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative

Rutgers University

Diane Hill, PhD

Assistant Chancellor, University-Community Partnerships

Rutgers University

Dinesh Mendhe, MS

Programmer Analyst II, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research

Rutgers University

Donald Hoover, PhD MPH

Professor of Statistics

Rutgers University

Eeeseung Byun, PhD RN

Assistant Professor

University of Washington

Elissa Kozlov, PhD

Clinical Psycologist, Instructor in the School of Public Health

Rutgers University

Eliza Ng, MD MPH

Chief Medical Officer of Population Health

RWJ Barnabas

Emily Stirzaker

Research Project Coordinator, Senior Economist

Rutgers University

Esther Wong, MA

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Chinese American Service League

Hanzhang Xu, PhD, RN

Medical Instructor, Researcher

Duke University

Hyunwoo Yoon, PhD MSW/MPH

Assistant Professor

Texas State University

Jason Flatt, PhD MPH

Assistant Professor

University of California San Francisco

Jay Magaziner, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

University of Maryland

Jeanne Ferrante, MD MPH

Physician, Health Services Researcher

Rutgers University

Jennifer Rojas

Project Research Assistant

Rutgers University

Jennifer Tsui, PhD MPH

Assistant Professor

Rutgers University

Jessica Israel, MD

Corporate Chair of Geriatrics

RWJ Barnabas

Jinyu Liu, MA MSW PhD

Assistant Professor

Colombia University

Joel Cantor, ScD

Professor, Director of Center for State Health Policy

Rutgers University

Joshua Miller, PhD

Professor, Department Chair

Rutgers University

Marie Dessanti, MPH CPH

Research Project Coordinator

Rutgers University

May Guo, PhD MS

Associate Professor

University of Iowa

Melissa Simon, MD

Vice Chair and Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Northwestern University

Mengting Li, PhD

Assitant Professor

Rutgers University

Michael Palis, PhD

Provost

Rutgers University

Nadia Islam, PhD

Associate Professor

NYU

Nan Stroup, PhD

Director, New Jersey State Cancer Registery

Rutgers University

Natalie Tuseth,

Administrative Coordinator

Rutgers University

Olga Jarrin Montaner, PhD RN

Assistant Professor

Rutgers University

Peter Guarnaccia, PhD

Professor

Rutgers University

Raymond Yung, MD

Director, Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology

University of Michigan

Reynold Panettieri, MD

Professor, Director, Vice Chancellor for Translational Medicine and Science Director

Rutgers University

Scarlett Gomez, PhD MPH

Professor

University of California San Francisco

Shailja Mathur, MS RDN MEd

Family & Community Health Sciences Senior Program Coordinator

Rutgers University

Shou-En Lu, PhD

Associate Professor

Rutgers University

Soko Setoguchi, MD DrPH

Associate Professor

Rutgers University

Stephanie Bergren

Research Project Manager

Rutgers University

Su Wang, MD MPH

Medical Director, Center for Asian Health

RWJ Barnabas

Sunanda Guar, MD

Director South Asian Total Health Initiative

RWJ Barnabas

Thomas Yu, MA

Co-Executive Director, Asian Americans for Equality

Asian Americans for Equality

Tina Dharamdasani, MS

Research Study Coordinator

Rutgers University

Tina Kauh, PhD MS

Senior Program Officer

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Uma Swaminathan

President

Association of Indians in America, NJ Chapter

Weiyu Mao, PhD MSW

Assistant Professor

University of Nevada

XinQi Dong, MD MPH

Director IFH, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Rutgers University

Ying-yu Chao, PhD RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Rutgers University

 

 

Agenda

9.30 am – 10.00 am

Zoom Meeting Opens and Participant Arrivals

10:00 am – 10.15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

-      XinQi Dong MD MPH, Director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University 

10.15 am – 11.00 am

Panel Discussion: COVID-19 - The Impact of Racism on Health Outcomes

-        Introducer: XinQi Dong, MD, MPH

-        Panelists: Gilbert Gee PhD, Latha Palaniappan MD, MS, Thomas Yu MA, Marguerite Ro DrPH

-        Moderator: Chau Trinh-Shevrin DrPH

11.00 am – 11.45 am

 

Storytelling in Research and Documentary Filmmaking: A conversation with S. Leo Chiang

-        Introducer: Chau Trinh-Shevrin DrPH

-        Facilitator: Stephanie Bergren BA

-        Speaker: S. Leo Chiang MFA

11.45 am – 12.00 pm

Break

12.00 pm – 1.00 pm

 

Keynote - Asian Americans and Racism in the context of COVID-19 

-      Introducer: XinQi Dong MD, MPH

-      Speaker: Renee Tajima-Pena, BA, Professor of Asian American Studies and Director of the Center for EthnoCommunications, UCLA

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Year 2 RCMAR Scientist Presentations – Breakout Sessions

All participants will be assigned to one of three concurrent breakout sessions.

Session 1:
- Presenters: Sam Li PhD, Hannah Nguyen PhD MSW, JiWon Choi PhD RN
- Moderator: Jay Magaziner PhD

Session 2:
- Presenters: Tali Elfassy PhD MSPH, Arnab Mukherjea DrPH MPH, Jisook Ko PhD RN
- Moderator: Eugene Yang MD

Session 3:
- Presenters: Ling Xu PhD MSW MA, Ying-Yu Chao PhD RN, Olga Jarrín Montaner PhD RN
- Moderator: Fenyang Tang PhD

2.00 pm – 2.45 pm

Lunch – Optional Networking Breakout Rooms

2.30 pm – 3.00 pm

Year 1 Scientist Presentations - Plenary

-      Introducer: Winston Tseng, PhD

-      Speaker 1: Jason Flatt PhD

-      Speaker 2: Jennifer Tsui PhD, MPH

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Consultancy – Breakout Sessions

All participants will be assigned to one of four concurrent breakout sessions.

Session 1:
- Scientists: Mengting Li PhD, Ying-Yu Chao PhD RN GNP-BC, Olga Jarrín Montaner PhD RN, Sam Li PhD
- Moderator: Francisco Sy, MD, DrPH

Session 2:
- Scientists: Arnab Mukherjea DrPH MPH, JiWon Choi PhD RN, Eeeseung Byun PhD, RN
- Moderator: Scarlett Lin Gomez, PhD

Session 3:
- Scientists: Tali Elfassy PhD MSPH, Ling Xu PhD MSW MA, Jisook Ko PhD RN
- Moderator: Nicolas Musi, MD

Session 4:
- Scientists: Hannah Nguyen PhD MSW, Jennifer Tsui PhD MPH, Jason Flatt PhD
- Moderator: Raymond Yung, MB, ChB

4.00pm – 4.30pm

Closing Remarks

-        - XinQi Dong MD MPH, Director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University 

 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

XinQi Dong MD MPH
Director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University
Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Science

Dr. XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, is director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and the inaugural Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Sciences. Dr. Dong is a population health epidemiologist and geriatrician and has published extensively on violence prevention, elder justice, and healthy aging, with more than 220 peer-reviewed publications.  

Dr. Dong has led multiple longitudinal epidemiological studies, including the New Jersey Population Health Cohort Study, currently in the design phase, and The PINE Study of 3,300 Chinese older adults to quantify relationships among culture, violence, and health outcomes. Dr. Dong is the principal investigator of numerous federally-funded grants and has mentored many trainees and faculty researchers to succeed. He leads the National Institute on Aging-funded P30 Asian Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). 

Dr. Dong serves on many editorial boards, was guest editor-in-chief for the Journal of Aging and Health and the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, and edited the key textbook on elder abuse – the field’s largest collection of research, practice, and policy. Dr. Dong was elected to be a Commissioner for the Commission on Law and Aging of the American Bar Association. 

Dr. Dong was the recipient of the Paul Beeson Award by the National Institute on Aging; the first geriatrician to receive the National Physician Advocacy Merit Award by the Institute for Medicine as a Profession; the Nobuo Maeda International Aging and Public Health Research Award and the National Award for Excellence by the American Public Health Association; the Maxwell Pollack Award in Productive Aging, the Joseph Freeman Award, and the Powell Lawton Award by the Gerontological Society of America; the Rosalie Wolf Award by the National Committee on the Prevention of Elder Abuse; and the Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award by the American Geriatric Society. In 2017, Dr. Dong was awarded the Ewald Busse Award by the International Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. In 2018, he received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Equity Award. 

A strong advocate for advancing population health issues in under-represented communities at the local and national levels and around the world, Dr. Dong has worked with multiple institutions in China as well as the Chinese National Committee on Aging to further dialogue between the US and China on elder justice and mental health. 

Dr. Dong served as a senior advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services under the Obama administration. His policy and advocacy work with the Department of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also shaped the national agenda on the surveillance and preventive strategies combating issues of violence. 

In 2011, Dr. Dong was appointed as a member of the Institute of Medicine: Global Violence Prevention Forum. Subsequently, he chaired the institute’s workshop on elder abuse prevention. In 2017, Dr. Dong was invited to be the planning committee member for the Board on Global Health to chart the future of violence prevention efforts at the National Academy of Medicine. In 2018, Dr. Dong became a member of the academy’s consensus study: Care Interventions for Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers. In 2018, Dr. Dong was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation. 

An immigrant to the United States, Dr. Dong grew up in a rural village near Nanjing, China. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology and economics from the University of Chicago, his medical degree at Rush University College of Medicine, and a masters in public health in epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his internal medicine residency and geriatric fellowship at Yale University Medical Center. 

 

Panel Discussion:

COVID-19 - The Impact of Racism on Health Outcomes

Introducer: XinQi Dong, MD, MPH

Moderator: Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH

Panel Members:

  • Marguerite Ro, DrPH, Director of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP), Seattle & King County 
  • Thomas Yu, MA, Co-Executive Director, Asian Americans for Equality 
  • Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS, Internist and Clinical Researcher, Stanford University 
  • Gilbert Gee, PhD, Professor, UCLA Department of Community Health Sciences  


Objective:
To discuss health outcomes in the context of a global pandemic and its influence on various ethnic groups; to initiate dialogue on the indirect repercussions of COVID-19 and the long-term effects of racism and systemic inequality on health 

 

Storytelling in Research and Documentary Filmmaking: A conversation with S. Leo Chiang

Introducer: Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH

Facilitator: Stephanie Bergren, BA

Speaker: S. Leo Chiang, MFA

 

Keynote – Asian Americans and Racism in the Context of COVID-19

Introducer: XinQi Dong MD, MPH
Speaker: Renee Tajima-Pena, BA, Professor of Asian American Studies and Director of the Center for EthnoCommunications, UCLA

 

Year 2 RCMAR Scientist Presentations – Breakout Sessions

Session 1:

Presenters: Sam Li PhD, Hannah Nguyen PhD MSW, JiWon Choi PhD RN
Moderator: Jay Magaziner, PhD

 

Session 2:

Presenters: Tali Elfassy PhD MSPH, Arnab Mukherjea DrPH MPH, Jisook Ko PhD RN
Moderator: Eugene Yang, MD

 

Session 3:

Presenters: Ling Xu PhD MSW MA, Ying-Yu Chao PhD RN, Olga Jarrín Montaner PhD RN
Moderator: Fenyang Tang, PhD

 

 

Attendees

Angela Sy, DrPH

Associate Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program

 

University of Hawaii

Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH

Associate Professor

California State University

Bei Wu, PhD

Deans Professor in Global Health

 

New York University

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH

Associate Professor

New York University

Chien-Ching Li, PhD MPH

Associate Professor

Rush University

Dara Sorkin, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Medicine

University of California, Irvine

Dinesh Mendhe, MS 

Programmer Analyst II, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research 

Rutgers University 

Donald Hoover, PhD MPH

Professor of Statistics

Rutgers University

Eeeseung Byun, PhD RN

Assistant Professor

University of Washington

Emily Stirzaker 

Research Project Coordinator, Senior Economist 

Rutgers University 

Esther Wong, MA 

Executive Director and Co-Founder 

Chinese American Service League 

Eugene Yang, MD

Medical Director of UW Medicine Eastside Specialty Center

Professor of Medicine

 

University of Washington

Fatima Abdi, MPH

Research Assistant

Rutgers University

Fengyang Tan,

Chief Medical Officer of Population Health

RWJ Barnabas

Francine Conway, PhD

Professor, Clinical Psychologist

Rutgers University

 

 

 

Francisco Sy, MD, DrPH

Professor

University of Nevada

Gilbert Gee, PhD

Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences  

University of California Los Angeles

Hannah Nguyen, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

California State University – Dominguez Hills

Hyunwoo Yoon, PhD MSW/MPH 

Assistant Professor 

Texas State University 

Iris Chi, DSW

Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Dr. Frances Wu Chair for Chinese Elderly Professor of Social Work

University of Southern California

Janice Tsoh, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry
Weill Institute for Neurosciences

University of California, San Francisco

Jason Flatt, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

University of California San Francisco

Jay Magaziner, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

University of Maryland

Jennie Chin Hansen, PhD 

Chair Of The Board Of Directors

 

The SCAN Foundation 

Jennifer Rojas, AS 

Project Research Assistant 

Rutgers University 

Jennifer Tsui, PhD MPH

Assistant Professor

Rutgers University

Jessica Israel, MD 

Corporate Chair of Geriatrics 

RWJ Barnabas 

Jing Wang, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Vice Dean for Research and Professor

University of Texas, San Antonio

Jinyu Liu, MA MSW PhD

Assistant Professor

Colombia University

Jisook Ko, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

University of Texas, San Antonio

JiWon Choi, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

University of California San Francisco

Keith Chan

Assistant Professor

State University of New York, Albany

Kevin Lu, PhD

Associate Professor

University of South Carolina

Kiang Liu, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)

 

Northwestern University

Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine

Stanford University

Leo S Chiang, MFA

Documentary Filmmaker

San Francisco

Ling Xu, PhD, MSW, MA

Associate Professor, Social Work

University of Texas, Arlington

Marguerite Ro, DrPH

Chief of the Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation (APDE) unit; Director of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP)

Seattle, Washington

Marie Dessanti, MPH CPH 

Research Project Coordinator 

Rutgers University 

Melissa Simon, MD 

Vice Chair and Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology 

Northwestern University 

Mengting Li, PhD

Assistant Professor

Rutgers University

Natalie Tuseth, 

Administrative Coordinator 

Rutgers University 

Nicholas Musi, MD

Director, San Antonio Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies

University of Texas, San Antonio

Olga Jarrin Montaner, PhD RN 

Assistant Professor 

Rutgers University 

Peter Guarnaccia, PhD 

Professor 

Rutgers University 

Ping Ma, PhD

Assistant Professor

Texas A&M University

Raymond Yung, MB, ChB

Director, Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology

University of Michigan

Renee Tajima-Peña, BA

Professor of Asian American Studies, Director of the Center for EthnoCommunications

University of California, Los Angeles

Sam Li, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

University of Texas, San Antonio

Sanjay Asthana, MD 

Chief of Division, Geriatrics and Gerontology 

University of Wisconsin 

Scarlett Linn Gomez, PhD MPH

Professor

University of California San Francisco

Shou-En Lu, PhD

Associate Professor

Rutgers University

Soko Setoguchi, MD DrPH

Associate Professor

Rutgers University

 

 

 

Stella Yi, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

New York University

Stephanie Bergren, BA

Senior Research Specialist 

Rutgers University 

Su Wang, MD MPH

Medical Director, Center for Asian Health

RWJ Barnabas

Sunanda Gaur, MD

Director South Asian Total Health Initiative

RWJ Barnabas

 

 

 

Tali Elfassy, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

University of Miami

Thomas Yu, MA

Co-Executive Director, Asian Americans for Equality

Asian Americans for Equality

Toshi Abe

President

Japanese Americans Citizens League - Philadelphia

Van Park, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

University of California, San Francisco

Vasundhara Kalasapudi, MD

 

Executive Director

India Home, A Center for Senior Care

Winston Tseng, PhD

 

Research Sociologist; Assistant Adjunct Professor; Lecturer of Community Health

University of California, Berkeley

XinQi Dong, MD MPH

Director IFH, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Rutgers University

Ying-yu Chao, PhD RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Rutgers University

Yura Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor, Social Work

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee