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Young-Me Lee

  • Associate Professor of Nursing
  • College of Science and Health
  • Phone: (773)325-4106
Young-Me Lee is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. She completed her doctoral degree in the College of Nursing at Rush University. In addition to her experience in nursing academia, she has extensive clinical experiences working in the hospital setting and public health fields for Asian populations. She has taught various courses in the Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice (MENP) program and the Doctoral Nursing Program (DNP) including public health nursing, biostatistics, and the nursing research sequence. Her scholarly work is primarily community-based research addressing mental health needs among minority populations, health disparities in economically and educationally disadvantaged communities, and preventive health focused on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). In addition, she has actively engaged in enhancing the education mission of DePaul University through playing a prominent role in obtaining resources to increase the recruitment and retention of minority nursing students utilizing two major grants, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Currently, she is involved in four national and international collaborative research projects, which focus on preventive health behaviors to reduce health disparities in Asian populations. The first project is related to a HPV educational program (HPVEP) for Korean-American parents. The second is focused on the evaluation of physical health and mental health literacy of Korean Americans. This is a collaborative, community engagement project, which proposes to incorporate the cultural, community, and methodological expertise of two external partners from three Korean-American research communities in Chicago, New York and Korea. The third project is a global health project funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). This project focuses on health issues faced by Korean-Chinese female migrant workers living in Korea and health promotion for adolescents living in Vietnam. Lastly, with a group of faculty members and community leaders from different institutions and organizations, she submitted a P30 application (Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research [RCMAR]) to the National Institute on Aging, NIH. The main aim of this project is to solidify a sustainable infrastructure to create a Chicago Asian Health Equity Collaborative in the greater Chicago area to collectively advance Asian health issues. The team received a very high fundable score and are awaiting the final funding decision. These collaborative research projects promise to foster more cross-disciplinary scholarship activities among faculty within and outside of DePaul, demonstrates commitment to the Vincentian mission, as well as helps recognize Dr. Lee as a global nurse leader and scholar.

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