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Dr. Jung-Ah Lee of the UC Irvine school of nursing, elected as president of AAPINA

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Dr. Jung-Ah Lee

Dr. Jung-Ah Lee has been elected as the next president of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA). The announcement came during AAPINA’s annual conference held at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on August 25-26.

Specializing in gerontology, Dr. Lee has made significant contributions to enhancing the care and quality of life for older patients and their caregivers. Her research encompasses care delivery for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and related dementias. Furthermore, she has been instrumental in community engagement research, assessing the needs of ethnic minority elders and family caregivers, particularly within Korean and Vietnamese communities.

A graduate from the University of Washington School of Nursing, where she obtained both her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Department of Behavioral Nursing and Health Systems, Dr. Lee joined the UC Irvine faculty in 2008. She has since been imparting her knowledge on research methodology in gerontological nursing to nursing students of all levels.

In 2020, she served as an equity advisor to the UCI School of Nursing and presently sits on the board of directors for the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Associations (NCEMNA). Currently she serves as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging to the UCI School of Nursing.

BY EUNYOUNG LEE   [lee.eunyoung6@koreadaily.com]