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Hyeonkyeong Lee



Yonsei University

Republic of Korea

Hyeonkyeong Lee is a Professor at the Yonsei University College of Nursing in South Korea.

Dr. Lee’s efforts in research, education, service, and policy have been concentrated in the areas of health equity for vulnerable migrant population in Korea and the underserved community population globally. She is an internationally acclaimed nurse scientist whose research informs social determinants of health the working Korean-Chinese population. This research program initiated in 2008 was timely for Korea, which was coping with the transition to a multicultural society. Through a series of prestigious National Research Foundation of Korea grants (equivalent to NIH), she systematically developed/tested culturally adaptive, participatory behavioral change interventions with a mobile app to improve their health and cultural adaptation.

The focus of her research also shows her dedication for vulnerable populations in more than 10 underdeveloped countries. She was the first nurse to lead a global health project in rural Vietnam to strengthen community capacity for improving the quality of life of community residents, focusing on the prevention and management of hypertension. Her global health research leadership led to successful incorporation of key components of global health competencies in undergraduate and graduate curricula.

She served on serval boards of national academy societies and government agencies showcasing nursing’s impact on health equity. As the president of the Global Korean Nursing Foundation(GKNF) in Korea, she played a key role in accomplishing its mission, capacity building of Korean nurses and nursing students for global leadership.

Dr. Lee received her BSN and MS from the Yonsei University and her PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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