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Angela Sy, DrPH

TitleEvaluator, Investigtor
Faculty RankAssistant Research Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Hawaii
DepartmentTropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
AddressJohn A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii at Manoa
651 Ilalo Street
Honolulu HI 96813
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    TitleAssociate Member
    InstitutionUniversity of Hawaii
    DepartmentCancer Research Center

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    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NCDrPH07/01/2Public Health
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HIMPH12/01/1Public Health
    Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CABS-6/01/8Combined Sciences-Sociology
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    2009 - 2009Dieversity and Equity Initiative Award, University of Hawaii
    2014 - 2014NIH Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network, Institution Development Award Program-University of Las Vegas-Nevada

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    Dr. Sy’s research and scholarly work focuses on addressing cancer health disparities among underrepresented Asian and Pacific Islander communities. She is the Community Engagement Coordinator of the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities funded Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network. The RCMI Translational Research Network is a national consortium of basic, behavioral, clinical and translational researchers in the 18 RCMI Centers, working in collaboration with investigators from other academic health centers, community health providers, and the public to focus their collective efforts on addressing health disparities. Dr. Sy served as the Research Director of the NIH National Cancer Institute funded Asian American Network of Cancer Awareness, Research and Training-Hawaii randomized clinical trial to promote colorectal cancer screening among Filipinos. She is a Co-Investigator of a NIH National Institute of Minority Health Disparities funded U24 Indigenous Samoan Partnership to Initiate Research Excellence (INSPIRE) to enhance research capacity and assess colorectal cancer screening in American Samoa.

    Dr. Sy evaluates health promotion interventions using community engagement approaches. Program evaluations have focused on programs to promote positive health outcomes for youth and adolescents, and she has served as the evaluator of the Hawai`i Children’s Trust Fund One Strong `Ohana statewide campaign to prevent child abuse and neglect in Hawai`i. Dr. Sy is also the program evaluator of a CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Health funded Community Health Interventions Project in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands.

    Dr. Sy teaches public health and research courses-- Introduction to Research Methods, Program Evaluation, Qualitative Research Methods, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Introduction to Epidemiology, Needs Assessment, and Community Based Participatory Research. She serves on masters and doctoral student committees.

    Dr. Sy served as the Chair of the American Public Health Association, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus and is the Treasurer of the Hawai`i Public Health Association.

    B.S. Santa Clara University; Santa Clara, California, Major area: Combined Sciences, Minor: Sociology
    M.P.H. University of Hawai`i at Manoa; Honolulu, Hawai`i, Major area: Public Health - Health Services Administration and Planning
    Dr.P.H. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Major area: Public Health - Health Behavior and Health Education

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    5T37MD008636-07     (Vivek Nerurkar)Dec 1, 2013 - Nov 30, 2025
    International Biomedical Research Training for Hawaiian and Pacific Island Students
    Role Description: The goal of this training grant is to teach underrepresented minority students in Hawai‘i, primarily of Hawaiian, Pacific Island and Filipino descent, basic concepts in biomedical research
    Role: Program Administrator & Evaluator

    2U54MD007592-02     (Robert Kirken)Aug 1, 2019 - Feb 29, 2024
    Border Biomedical Research Center, University of Texas at El Paso
    Role Description: The goal of the Community Engagement Core is to build a sustainable infrastructure that fosters investigative collaboration and translation of project findings throughout the scientific community and the Paso del Norte border region.
    Role: Evaulator

    5U54CA143727-10     (Neal Palafox)Aug 1, 2019 - Aug 31, 2024
    Pacific Island Partnership for Cancer Health Equity (PIPCHE)
    Role Description: The PIPCHE Community Outreach Core will build on the 2003-2015 University of Guam/University of Hawaii Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership efforts to prevent and control cancer in Pacific Islander communities through established community partnerships
    Role: Co-Investigator

    5P30AG059304-03     (XinQi Dong)Aug 1, 2020 - Jul 31, 2021
    Impact of Caregiving for Older Adults with Dementia on the Quality of Life and Health Status of Asian American Family Caregivers
    Role Description: The goal of this pilot study is to conduct a secondary analysis using the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey data on caregiver outcomes of Asian family members with Alzheimer’s Dementia and related disease
    Role: Pilot Project Principal Investigator

    NU58DP006743-01     (Neal Palafox)Sep 29, 2020 - Sep 28, 2023
    Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Program
    Role Description: The goal of this project is to carry out evidence-based interventions aimed at decreasing exposure to tobacco, increasing healthy nutrition and physical activity via longstanding multi-sector community based partnerships.
    Role: Evaluator

    3P30GM114737-05S1     (Richard Yanagihara)Nov 17, 2020 - Aug 31, 2024
    Puipuia le Ola: Increasing reach and uptake of COVID-19 testing among Pacific Islanders in Hawaii and Guam
    Role Description: This research proposes to use culturally resonant community-engagement strategies to increase the reach and uptake of COVID-19 testing to better understand SARS-CoV-2 infection patterns among PI in Hawaii and on Guam.
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Yanagihara R, Berry MJ, Carson MJ, Chang SP, Corliss H, Cox MB, Haddad G, Hohmann C, Kelley ST, Lee ESY, Link BG, Noel RJ, Pickrel J, Porter JT, Quirk GJ, Samuel T, Stiles JK, Sy AU, Taira DA, Trepka MJ, Villalta F, Wiese TE. Building a Diverse Workforce and Thinkforce to Reduce Health Disparities. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 02 07; 18(4). PMID: 33562262.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Sy A, Hayes T, Laurila K, Noboa C, Langwerden RJ, Hospital MM, Andújar-Pérez DA, Stevenson L, Cunningham SMR, Rollins L, Madanat H, Penn T, Mehravaran S. Evaluating Research Centers in Minority Institutions: Framework, Metrics, Best Practices, and Challenges. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 11 12; 17(22). PMID: 33198272.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Sy A, Tannis C, McIntosh S, Demment M, Tomeing T, Marriott J, Fukunaga T, Buenconsejo-Lum L, Dye T. An Assessment of E-health Resources and Readiness in the Republic of the Marshall Islands: Implications for Non-communicable Disease Intervention Development. Hawaii J Health Soc Welf. 2020 06 01; 79(6 Suppl 2):52-57. PMID: 32596679.
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    4. Sy A, Marriott J, Tannis C, Demment M, McIntosh S, Hadley J, Albert P, Buenconsejo-Lum L, Dye T. A Rapid Assessment Procedure to Develop A Non-Communicable Disease Prevention Pilot Health Communications Project Using E- and M-Health Communications in Pohnpei State, Federated States of Micronesia. Hawaii J Health Soc Welf. 2020 06 01; 79(6 Suppl 2):58-63. PMID: 32596680.
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    5. Dykens JA, Smith JS, Demment M, Marshall E, Schuh T, Peters K, Irwin T, McIntosh S, Sy A, Dye T. Evaluating the implementation of cervical cancer screening programs in low-resource settings globally: a systematized review. Cancer Causes Control. 2020 May; 31(5):417-429. PMID: 32185604.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    6. Tofaeono V, Ka'opua LSI, Sy A, Terada T, Taliloa-Vai Purcell R, Aoelua-Fanene S, Tong K, Tofaeono V, Unutoa-Mageo T, Scanlan L, Cassel K, Rosario A. Research Capacity Strengthening in American Samoa: Fa'avaeina le Fa'atelega o le Tomai Sa'ili'ili i Amerika Samoa. Br J Soc Work. 2020 Mar; 50(2):525-547. PMID: 32280149.
    7. Ofili EO, Tchounwou PB, Fernandez-Repollet E, Yanagihara R, Akintobi TH, Lee JE, Malouhi M, Garner ST, Hayes TT, Baker AR, Dent AL, Abdelrahim M, Rollins L, Chang SP, Sy A, Hernandez BY, Bullard PL, Noel RJ, Shiramizu B, Hedges JR, Berry MJ, Bond VC, Lima MF, Mokuau N, Kirken RA, Cruz-Correa M, Sarpong DF, Vadgama J, Yates C, Kahn SA, Soliman KF, Perry G, Pezzano M, Luciano CA, Barnett ME, Oyekan A, Kumar D, Norris KC. The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network: Building and Sustaining Capacity for Multi-Site Basic Biomedical, Clinical and Behavioral Research. Ethn Dis. 2019; 29(Suppl 1):135-144. PMID: 30906162.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Lee-Jayaram JJ, Berg BW, Sy A, Hara KM. Emergent Themes for Instructional Design: Alpha and Beta Testing During a Faculty Development Course. Simul Healthc. 2019 Feb; 14(1):43-50. PMID: 30395077.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Rollins L, Sy A, Crowell N, Rivers D, Miller A, Cooper P, Teague D, Jackson C, Henry Akintobi T, Ofili E. Learning and Action in Community Health: Using the Health Belief Model to Assess and Educate African American Community Residents about Participation in Clinical Research. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 08 28; 15(9). PMID: 30154351.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    10. Hernandez BY, Tareg AC, Reichhardt M, Agapito A, Zhu X, Sy A, Yuji A, Killeen J, Chan O, Buenconsejo-Lum LE. Randomized controlled trial evaluating the utility of urine HPV DNA for cervical cancer screening in a Pacific Island population. J Glob Health Rep. 2018; 2. PMID: 30542667.
    11. Tran MT, Jeong MB, Nguyen VV, Sharp MT, Yu EP, Yu F, Tong EK, Kagawa-Singer M, Cuaresma CF, Sy AU, Tsoh JY, Gildengorin GL, Stewart SL, Nguyen TT. Colorectal cancer beliefs, knowledge, and screening among Filipino, Hmong, and Korean Americans. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1552-1559. PMID: 29578600.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Sy AU, Lim E, Ka'opua LS, Kataoka-Yahiro M, Kinoshita Y, Stewart SL. Colorectal cancer screening prevalence and predictors among Asian American subgroups using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey National Data. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1543-1551. PMID: 29578602.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Cuaresma CF, Sy AU, Nguyen TT, Ho RCS, Gildengorin GL, Tsoh JY, Jo AM, Tong EK, Kagawa-Singer M, Stewart SL. Results of a lay health education intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening among Filipino Americans: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1535-1542. PMID: 29578603.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Tsoh JY, Tong EK, Sy AU, Stewart SL, Gildengorin GL, Nguyen TT. Knowledge of colorectal cancer screening guidelines and intention to obtain screening among nonadherent Filipino, Hmong, and Korean Americans. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1560-1567. PMID: 29578604.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Sy AU, Hernandez BY, Tareg A, Reichhardt M, Buenconsejo-Lum L. Acceptability and feasibility of a community based participatory research project comparing cytology and urine HPV DNA testing for cervical cancer screening in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. Cancer Epidemiol. 2017 10; 50(Pt B):283-288. PMID: 29120838.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    16. Jo AM, Nguyen TT, Stewart S, Sung MJ, Gildengorin G, Tsoh JY, Tong EK, Lo P, Cuaresma C, Sy A, Lam H, Wong C, Jeong M, Chen MS, Kagawa-Singer M. Lay health educators and print materials for the promotion of colorectal cancer screening among Korean Americans: A randomized comparative effectiveness study. Cancer. 2017 Jul 15; 123(14):2705-2715. PMID: 28440872.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Tong EK, Nguyen TT, Lo P, Stewart SL, Gildengorin GL, Tsoh JY, Jo AM, Kagawa-Singer ML, Sy AU, Cuaresma C, Lam HT, Wong C, Tran MT, Chen MS. Lay health educators increase colorectal cancer screening among Hmong Americans: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2017 Jan 01; 123(1):98-106. PMID: 27564924.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    18. Kataoka-Yahiro MR, McFarlane S, Kealoha M, Sy A. Asian and native Hawaiian family caregiver satisfaction with palliative care services in nursing homes. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2016 Mar; 22(3):141-9. PMID: 27018741.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Antonio AM, Fagan P, Hamamura FD, Lagua IJ, Liu J, Park DJ, Pokhrel P, Herzog TA, Pagano I, Cassel K, Sy A, Jorgensen D, Lynch T, Kawamoto C, Boushey CJ, Franke A, Clanton MS, Moolchan ET, Alexander LA. Menthol cigarette smoking and obesity in young adult daily smokers in Hawaii. Prev Med Rep. 2015; 2:946-52. PMID: 26844173.
    20. Demment MM, Peters K, Dykens JA, Dozier A, Nawaz H, McIntosh S, Smith JS, Sy A, Irwin T, Fogg TT, Khaliq M, Blumenfeld R, Massoudi M, De Ver Dye T. Developing the Evidence Base to Inform Best Practice: A Scoping Study of Breast and Cervical Cancer Reviews in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. PLoS One. 2015; 10(9):e0134618. PMID: 26325181.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Nitta M, Tanner C, Narvarte K, Luces P, Silverio A, Zabala R, Navasca D, Sy A, Palafox NA. Policy, System, and Environment Strategies to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Food Sources to Address Guam's Disparate Non-Communicable Disease Burden. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015 May; 26(2 Suppl):96-103. PMID: 25981091.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    22. Fagan P, Moolchan ET, Pokhrel P, Herzog T, Cassel KD, Pagano I, Franke AA, Kaholokula JK, Sy A, Alexander LA, Trinidad DR, Sakuma KL, Johnson CA, Antonio A, Jorgensen D, Lynch T, Kawamoto C, Clanton MS. Biomarkers of tobacco smoke exposure in racial/ethnic groups at high risk for lung cancer. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jun; 105(6):1237-45. PMID: 25880962.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Cardazone G, U Sy A, Chik I, Corlew LK. Mapping one strong 'Ohana: using network analysis and GIS to enhance the effectiveness of a statewide coalition to prevent child abuse and neglect. Am J Community Psychol. 2014 Jun; 53(3-4):346-56. PMID: 24682889.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Buenconsejo-Lum, LE, Saraiya, M, Sy, AU, Townsend, J. . Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease. Cervical Cancer Screening in the USAPI. 2014; 5(18):S1-S27.
    25. Sy, A, Cuaresma, C, Braun, KL, Duquez, E, Young, DM. California Journal of Health Promotion. An Academic-Community Partnership to Explore High Smoking Prevalence in Filipina Girls. 2013; 1(11):1-14.
    26. Sy, A, Heckert, K, Jamison, C, Maskarinec, GG, Lim, A, Buenconsejo-Lum, L. Building Community Capacity: Skills and Principles. Pacific CEED Legacy Projects and Local Projects: Culturally Tailored Promising Practices to Prevent Breast and Cervical Cancer in the US Affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions. 2013; 3(5).
    27. Sy, A, Heckert, K, Jamison, C, Maskarinec, GG, Lim, A, Buenconsejo-Lum, L. International Journal of Public Health. Pacific CEED Legacy Projects and Local Projects: Culturally Tailored Promising Practices to Prevent Breast and Cervical Cancer in the US Affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions. 2013; 3(5).
    28. Nigg CR, Qureshi K, Inouye J, Sy A, Sullivan K, Boland MG. Evaluation of an Emerging Research Center: Lessons Learned. Int J Res Nurs. 2012 Feb 02; 3(1):1-7. PMID: 22485191.
    29. Sy A, Greaney M, Nigg C, Hirose-Wong SM. Developing a measure to evaluate a positive youth development program for Native Hawaiians: the Hui Malama o ke Kai rubrics of Hawaiian values. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2015 Mar; 27(2):NP1517-28. PMID: 22199157.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Sy AU, Heckert KA, Buenconsejo-Lum L, Hedson J, Tamang S, Palafox N. An assessment of the Pacific Regional Cancer Coalition: outcomes and implications of a regional coalition internal and external assessment. Hawaii Med J. 2011 Nov; 70(11 Suppl 2):47-53. PMID: 22235160.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Hishinuma, ES, Chang, JY, Sy, A, Greaney, MF, Morris, KA, Scronce, AC, Ruheher, D, Nishimura, ST. Journal of Community Psychology. Hui Malama o ke Kai: A Positive Prevention Based Youth Development Program Based on Native Hawaiian Values and Activities. 2009; 8(37):987-1007.
    32. Sy A, Glanz K. Factors influencing teachers' implementation of an innovative tobacco prevention curriculum for multiethnic youth: Project SPLASH. J Sch Health. 2008 May; 78(5):264-73. PMID: 18387026.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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