Dr. OiSaeng Hong (Immediate Past President AAPINA) is a professor in the Department of Community Health Systems and Director of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Graduate Program at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is also an affiliated professor at University of California Berkeley’s Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health.
Dr. Hong’s primary research focuses on health and safety in workers with an emphasis on worksite based participatory health interventions to prevent occupational diseases and injuries, particularly, prevention of auditory impairments due to exposure to noise and ototoxic chemicals. Her research also focuses on risk reduction and health promotion for underserved Asian and Latino workers, which includes smoking cessation, reduction of alcohol use, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and obesity.
Globally, Dr. Hong has been instrumental in training nurse scientists through working with colleagues in other countries including Brazil, Japan, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand assisting with nursing education and research. She is serving as the coordinator and research mentor for Brazilian government-sponsored nursing students in the ‘Doctoral Student Training Abroad Program (Sandwich PhD Program)’ as well as for international nursing postdoctoral fellows supported by the Global Korean Nursing Foundation for their research training in the US. Dr. Hong plays professional leadership roles in international organizations such as the World Academy of Nursing Science (Board of Directors), Global Korean Nursing Foundation-US (President), International Advisory Board for Association of Educational Sciences in Hungary (Board of Directors), and the Korean Occupational Nurses Association (Board of Directors). She continues her contributions to nursing and public health scholarship by serving on the Editorial Boards for Nursing Research and Health and Safety at Work.