Picture of UMD SPH alum Dr. Mary Jung

Picture of UMD SPH alum Dr. Mary Jung

October 4, 2019

Research published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and led by University of Maryland School of Public Health doctoral alumna Mary Jung ’19 suggests the need for improved monitoring of hypertension, or abnormally high blood pressure, in Asian-Americans.

Dr. Jung and her co-authors, including her doctoral advisor and Epidemiology Professor Sunmin Lee, interviewed and measured blood pressure in 600 foreign-born Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese Americans adults in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area between 2013-2014. 

They found hypertension prevalence in their sample was higher -- and self-reporting of hypertension was lower -- than national and state survey estimates for Asian Americans. 

Jung also surveyed for hypertension-related behaviors and found that 67.8% of hypertensive adults received management for their hypertension, 64.3% took medication, and 67% sought information to improve it. 

The research aimed to provide a comprehensive view of hypertension and hypertension-related behaviors in Asian-Americans, as data is often lacking, which can mask important ethnic differences. Jung’s research shows there is a need for more accurate assessments and data in order to improve hypertension monitoring in Asian-Americans. 

Jung earned three degrees from the University of Maryland: a BS in biological sciences and an MPH and Ph.D. both with a concentration in epidemiology. Her previous research has also focused on health disparities. 

Read the full study here.

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