Ms Miki Hong

Ms Miki Hong

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Mi-Kyung “Miki” is a health services researcher with formal training in epidemiology and health management and policy.  She is a tobacco control scholar and has published journal articles that relay the conflicts of interest between academic scientists and the tobacco industry.  Miki is interested in medical effectiveness research as it relates to policy and lawmaking.  She has served as a task force member with the California Health Benefits Review Program, a body that responds to requests from the California State legislature to provide independent analysis of the medical, financial and public health impacts of proposed health insurance benefit mandates and repeals in California state.   

Currently she is a conjoint lecturer, faculty of health and medicine at the University of Newcastle (Australia).  She conducts research on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.  The examination is regulation enacted by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to ascertain the health-related grounds for inadmissibility of persons applying for admission into the United States.  She analyzes potential health-related grounds for inadmissibility for refugee and asylee populations denied US entry due to medical examination results.  She studies the effect of current trends in US policymaking on disease and inadmissibility as they relate to regional endemic diseases of refugees and asylees. 

Miki received her BA from Columbia University, a post-baccalaureate pre-medical certificate from Mills College, an MPH and an executive MHSA, both from the University of Michigan.


Qualifications

  • Executive Masters in Healthcare Administration, University of Michigan - USA
  • Master of Public Health, University of Michigan - USA

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Refugee Health
  • Tobacco Control

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 34
111709 Health Care Administration 33
111706 Epidemiology 33
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Hong MK, Varghese RE, Jindal C, Efird JT, 'Refugee policy implications of U.S. immigration medical screenings: A new era of inadmissibility on health-related grounds', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (2017)

© 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Refugees frequently face extended delays in their efforts to enter the United States (U.S.) and those who are successful... [more]

© 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Refugees frequently face extended delays in their efforts to enter the United States (U.S.) and those who are successful, in many cases, encounter overwhelming obstacles, inadequate resources, and a complex system of legal barriers. Travel restrictions based on equivocal health concerns and a drop in refugee admittance ceilings have complicated the situation. The authors retrieved and analyzed peer-reviewed journal articles, government agency press releases, media postings, epidemiologic factsheets, and relevant lay publications to critically assess U.S. policy regarding refugee resettlement based on health-related grounds. While refugees arguably exhibit an increased incidence of measles and tuberculosis compared with the U.S. population, the legitimacy of the medical examination will be undermined if other diseases that are endemic to refugee populations, yet currently deemed admissible, are used to restrict refugees from entering the U.S. This paper addressees the historic refugee policy of the U.S. and its consequent effect on the health of this vulnerable population. The needs of refugees should be carefully considered in the context of increased disease burden and the associated health care challenges of the count ry as a whole.

DOI 10.3390/ijerph14101107
Co-authors Jimmy Efird
2008 Efird JT, Hong MK, 'Computing differential sample size for case-control studies of gene-environment interaction', Ethnicity and Disease, 18 (2008)

The rates for diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes are known to differ by ethnic/racial groups. However, neither genetic nor environmental factors fully e... [more]

The rates for diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes are known to differ by ethnic/racial groups. However, neither genetic nor environmental factors fully explain the observed differences. Failure to account for genetic expression in the absence or presence of an environmental factor, and vice-versa, may lead to erroneous conclusions regarding the importance of these factors in disease etiology. We present a novel method for computing sample size for case-control studies involving the interaction of genetic and environmental factors. The method is based on an indirect estimate of the odds ratio for gene- environment interaction given only the odds ratio for environmental exposure and population genotype frequency. A table is presented providing sample sizes required for detecting a minimum odds ratio for gene-environment interaction given varying genotype frequencies and environmental exposure odds ratio values. Sample size increases proportionately with genotype frequency for a given environment exposure odds ratio.

Co-authors Jimmy Efird
2008 Efird J, Hong M, 'Computing differential sample size for case-control studies of gene-environment interaction (Ethnicity & Disease (2008) 18, (S2-25-S2-29))', Ethnicity and Disease, 18 534 (2008)
Co-authors Jimmy Efird
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Research Collaborations

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Country Count of Publications
United States 2
Australia 1
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Ms Miki Hong

Position

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email miki.hong@newcastle.edu.au
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