August 18, 2016

Sherylls Kahn, PhD Family Science, ‘16 received the Han Soo Chae Memorial Research award. This award is granted to School of Public Health (SPH) graduate students whose dissertation research addresses social and health disparities in underserved communities. It was established by Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Dr. David Chae, in memory of his mother’s immigrant and working class challenges and related public health issues. Visit this link to read more about the award.

Dr. Kahn's dissertation, “The Influence of Pre-Migration Factors and Post-Migration Climate of the Receiving Community on the Psychological Distress of Latina/o Immigrants”, examines the effect of community support and engagement and employment opportunities on immigrants' post-migration experiences.  Dr. Leigh A. Leslie chaired Dr. Kahn's dissertation committee.  The study was a secondary analysis of data collected from the National Latino and Asian American Study. As an immigrant herself, Dr. Kahn notes that this research was personally meaningful to her. Dr. Kahn states, "the health and social issues facing Latino immigrants are particularly close to my heart, and I am committed to continuing this important work."

The award honors the life of Ms. Han Soo Chae who immigrated to the U.S. in 1977 and cared passionately about the health of others. Congratulations to Dr. Kahn on receiving this award. Dr. Kahn's research truly exemplifies the spirit of scholarship the Han Soo Chae Memorial Research Award intends to recognize.

 
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