ChicagoCHEC Role: Research Education Core Co-Leader
Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Kim has extensive experience examining racial disparities in health, particularly in relation to neighborhood context. More broadly, Dr. Kim has been exploring structural social factors affecting health. For example, she was the PI on an NIA funded R21 that examined social networks, social capital, and treatment adherence among older adults with HIV who have a history of incarceration. Similarly, Dr. Kim was a Co-I on NIDA funded R01 research to design, implement and examines the effectiveness of jail-based opt-out HIV testing, and subsequent continuity of care in and out of a large urban jail. Dr. Kim was PI on an NIMHD funded supplemental grant, examining spatial clusters of environmental hazards in Chicago by neighborhood level racial composition, social capital, and political participation. In addition, she was a Co-I on NIMHD funded grants including the Center of Excellence in Eliminating Disparities (CEED) which focused on patient navigation and mammogram in Chicago.
Dr. Kim is currently exploring the effects of violence exposure contributing to inflammatory responses that are linked to lung cancer with an NIMHD funded R01. Furthermore, she is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) fellow, examining the effects of hyper-surveillance on minority communities. Dr. Kim is also a Co-I of a grant funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which aims to estimate risk exposure and high blood lead level among children in Illinois. Dr. Kim’s research primarily focuses on equity and health. Currently, she leads the Investigator Development Core (IDC) of an NIMHD funded Center for Health Equity Research (CHER). She has mentored multiple early-stage investigators (ESIs) through CHER. Additionally, she has strong experience working with large data. Currently, Dr. Kim is a Co-Director of the Population Health Analytics, Metrics and Evaluation Center (PHAME) that aims to democratize data. She has an excellent track record of mentorship and working with transdisciplinary research teams on multiple projects that address neighborhood context and health disparity.