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Angela Sy
Title Assistant Researcher
Faculty Rank Assistant Research Professor
Degree Dr.P.H.
Institution University of Hawaii
Department John A. Burns School of Medicine
Clusters Community Engagement
651 Ilalo St
BSB 320
City Honolulu
State HI
Postal Code 96813
Telephone 808 692-1654
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Title Associate Member
Institution University of Hawaii
Department Cancer Research Center
Division Population Sciences in the Pacific

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2009 University of Hawaii Dieversity and Equity Initiative Award
2014 Institution Development Award Program-University of Las Vegas-Nevada NIH Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network

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Dr. Sy’s research and scholarly work focuses on addressing cancer health disparities among underrepresented Asian and Pacific Islander communities. She is the Community Engagement Coordinator of the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities funded Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network. The RCMI Translational Research Network is a national consortium of basic, behavioral, clinical and translational researchers in the 18 RCMI Centers, working in collaboration with investigators from other academic health centers, community health providers, and the public to focus their collective efforts on addressing health disparities. Dr. Sy served as the Research Director of the NIH National Cancer Institute funded Asian American Network of Cancer Awareness, Research and Training-Hawaii randomized clinical trial to promote colorectal cancer screening among Filipinos. She is a Co-Investigator of a NIH National Institute of Minority Health Disparities funded U24 Indigenous Samoan Partnership to Initiate Research Excellence (INSPIRE) to enhance research capacity and assess colorectal cancer screening in American Samoa.

Dr. Sy evaluates health promotion interventions using community engagement approaches. Program evaluations have focused on programs to promote positive health outcomes for youth and adolescents, and she has served as the evaluator of the Hawai`i Children’s Trust Fund One Strong `Ohana statewide campaign to prevent child abuse and neglect in Hawai`i. Dr. Sy is also the program evaluator of a CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Health funded Community Health Interventions Project in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands.

Dr. Sy teaches public health and research courses-- Introduction to Research Methods, Program Evaluation, Qualitative Research Methods, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Introduction to Epidemiology, Needs Assessment, and Community Based Participatory Research. She serves on masters and doctoral student committees.

Dr. Sy served as the Chair of the American Public Health Association, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus and is the Treasurer of the Hawai`i Public Health Association.

B.S. Santa Clara University; Santa Clara, California, Major area: Combined Sciences, Minor: Sociology
M.P.H. University of Hawai`i at Manoa; Honolulu, Hawai`i, Major area: Public Health - Health Services Administration and Planning
Dr.P.H. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Major area: Public Health - Health Behavior and Health Education

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1. Dykens JA, Smith JS, Demment M, Marshall E, Schuh T, Peters K, Irwin T, McIntosh S, Sy A, Dye T. Evaluating the implementation of cervical cancer screening programs in low-resource settings globally: a systematized review. Cancer Causes Control. 2020 May; 31(5):417-429.
2. Tofaeono V, Ka''opua LSI, Sy A, Terada T, Taliloa-Vai Purcell R, Aoelua-Fanene S, Tong K, Tofaeono V, Unutoa-Mageo T, Scanlan L, Cassel K, Rosario A. Research Capacity Strengthening in American Samoa: Fa''avaeina le Fa''atelega o le Tomai Sa''ili''ili i Amerika Samoa. Br J Soc Work. 2020 Mar; 50(2):525-547.
3. Ofili EO, Tchounwou PB, Fernandez-Repollet E, Yanagihara R, Akintobi TH, Lee JE, Malouhi M, Garner ST, Hayes TT, Baker AR, Dent AL, Abdelrahim M, Rollins L, Chang SP, Sy A, Hernandez BY, Bullard PL, Noel RJ, Shiramizu B, Hedges JR, Berry MJ, Bond VC, Lima MF, Mokuau N, Kirken RA, Cruz-Correa M, Sarpong DF, Vadgama J, Yates C, Kahn SA, Soliman KF, Perry G, Pezzano M, Luciano CA, Barnett ME, Oyekan A, Kumar D, Norris KC. The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network: Building and Sustaining Capacity for Multi-Site Basic Biomedical, Clinical and Behavioral Research. Ethn Dis. 2019; 29(Suppl 1):135-144.
4. Lee-Jayaram JJ, Berg BW, Sy A, Hara KM. Emergent Themes for Instructional Design: Alpha and Beta Testing During a Faculty Development Course. Simul Healthc. 2019 Feb; 14(1):43-50.
5. Rollins L, Sy A, Crowell N, Rivers D, Miller A, Cooper P, Teague D, Jackson C, Henry Akintobi T, Ofili E. Learning and Action in Community Health: Using the Health Belief Model to Assess and Educate African American Community Residents about Participation in Clinical Research. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 08 28; 15(9).
6. Hernandez BY, Tareg AC, Reichhardt M, Agapito A, Zhu X, Sy A, Yuji A, Killeen J, Chan O, Buenconsejo-Lum LE. Randomized controlled trial evaluating the utility of urine HPV DNA for cervical cancer screening in a Pacific Island population. J Glob Health Rep. 2018; 2.
7. Tran MT, Jeong MB, Nguyen VV, Sharp MT, Yu EP, Yu F, Tong EK, Kagawa-Singer M, Cuaresma CF, Sy AU, Tsoh JY, Gildengorin GL, Stewart SL, Nguyen TT. Colorectal cancer beliefs, knowledge, and screening among Filipino, Hmong, and Korean Americans. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1552-1559.
8. Sy AU, Lim E, Ka''opua LS, Kataoka-Yahiro M, Kinoshita Y, Stewart SL. Colorectal cancer screening prevalence and predictors among Asian American subgroups using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey National Data. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1543-1551.
9. Cuaresma CF, Sy AU, Nguyen TT, Ho RCS, Gildengorin GL, Tsoh JY, Jo AM, Tong EK, Kagawa-Singer M, Stewart SL. Results of a lay health education intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening among Filipino Americans: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1535-1542.
10. Tsoh JY, Tong EK, Sy AU, Stewart SL, Gildengorin GL, Nguyen TT. Knowledge of colorectal cancer screening guidelines and intention to obtain screening among nonadherent Filipino, Hmong, and Korean Americans. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1560-1567.
11. Sy AU, Hernandez BY, Tareg A, Reichhardt M, Buenconsejo-Lum L. Acceptability and feasibility of a community based participatory research project comparing cytology and urine HPV DNA testing for cervical cancer screening in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. Cancer Epidemiol. 2017 10; 50(Pt B):283-288.
12. Jo AM, Nguyen TT, Stewart S, Sung MJ, Gildengorin G, Tsoh JY, Tong EK, Lo P, Cuaresma C, Sy A, Lam H, Wong C, Jeong M, Chen MS, Kagawa-Singer M. Lay health educators and print materials for the promotion of colorectal cancer screening among Korean Americans: A randomized comparative effectiveness study. Cancer. 2017 Jul 15; 123(14):2705-2715.
13. Tong EK, Nguyen TT, Lo P, Stewart SL, Gildengorin GL, Tsoh JY, Jo AM, Kagawa-Singer ML, Sy AU, Cuaresma C, Lam HT, Wong C, Tran MT, Chen MS. Lay health educators increase colorectal cancer screening among Hmong Americans: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2017 Jan 01; 123(1):98-106.
14. Kataoka-Yahiro MR, McFarlane S, Kealoha M, Sy A. Asian and native Hawaiian family caregiver satisfaction with palliative care services in nursing homes. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2016 Mar; 22(3):141-9.
15. Antonio AM, Fagan P, Hamamura FD, Lagua IJ, Liu J, Park DJ, Pokhrel P, Herzog TA, Pagano I, Cassel K, Sy A, Jorgensen D, Lynch T, Kawamoto C, Boushey CJ, Franke A, Clanton MS, Moolchan ET, Alexander LA. Menthol cigarette smoking and obesity in young adult daily smokers in Hawaii. Prev Med Rep. 2015; 2:946-52.
16. Demment MM, Peters K, Dykens JA, Dozier A, Nawaz H, McIntosh S, Smith JS, Sy A, Irwin T, Fogg TT, Khaliq M, Blumenfeld R, Massoudi M, De Ver Dye T. Developing the Evidence Base to Inform Best Practice: A Scoping Study of Breast and Cervical Cancer Reviews in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. PLoS One. 2015; 10(9):e0134618.
17. Nitta M, Tanner C, Narvarte K, Luces P, Silverio A, Zabala R, Navasca D, Sy A, Palafox NA. Policy, System, and Environment Strategies to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Food Sources to Address Guam''s Disparate Non-Communicable Disease Burden. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015 May; 26(2 Suppl):96-103.
18. Fagan P, Moolchan ET, Pokhrel P, Herzog T, Cassel KD, Pagano I, Franke AA, Kaholokula JK, Sy A, Alexander LA, Trinidad DR, Sakuma KL, Johnson CA, Antonio A, Jorgensen D, Lynch T, Kawamoto C, Clanton MS. Biomarkers of tobacco smoke exposure in racial/ethnic groups at high risk for lung cancer. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jun; 105(6):1237-45.
19. Cardazone G, U Sy A, Chik I, Corlew LK. Mapping one strong ''Ohana: using network analysis and GIS to enhance the effectiveness of a statewide coalition to prevent child abuse and neglect. Am J Community Psychol. 2014 Jun; 53(3-4):346-56.
20. Nigg CR, Qureshi K, Inouye J, Sy A, Sullivan K, Boland MG. Evaluation of an Emerging Research Center: Lessons Learned. Int J Res Nurs. 2012 Feb 02; 3(1):1-7.
21. Sy A, Greaney M, Nigg C, Hirose-Wong SM. Developing a measure to evaluate a positive youth development program for Native Hawaiians: the Hui Malama o ke Kai rubrics of Hawaiian values. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2015 Mar; 27(2):NP1517-28.
22. Sy AU, Heckert KA, Buenconsejo-Lum L, Hedson J, Tamang S, Palafox N. An assessment of the Pacific Regional Cancer Coalition: outcomes and implications of a regional coalition internal and external assessment. Hawaii Med J. 2011 Nov; 70(11 Suppl 2):47-53.
23. Sy A, Glanz K. Factors influencing teachers'' implementation of an innovative tobacco prevention curriculum for multiethnic youth: Project SPLASH. J Sch Health. 2008 May; 78(5):264-73.

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1. Sy, A, Heckert, K, Jamison, C, Maskarinec, GG, Lim, A, Buenconsejo-Lum, L. Building Community Capacity: Skills and Principles. Pacific CEED Legacy Projects and Local Projects: Culturally Tailored Promising Practices to Prevent Breast and Cervical Cancer in the US Affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions. 2013; 3(5).

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1. Sy, A, Cuaresma, C, Braun, KL, Duquez, E, Young, DM. California Journal of Health Promotion. An Academic-Community Partnership to Explore High Smoking Prevalence in Filipina Girls. 2013; 1(11):1-14.
2. Sy, A, Heckert, K, Jamison, C, Maskarinec, GG, Lim, A, Buenconsejo-Lum, L. International Journal of Public Health. Pacific CEED Legacy Projects and Local Projects: Culturally Tailored Promising Practices to Prevent Breast and Cervical Cancer in the US Affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions. 2013; 3(5).
3. Hishinuma, ES, Chang, JY, Sy, A, Greaney, MF, Morris, KA, Scronce, AC, Ruheher, D, Nishimura, ST. Journal of Community Psychology. Hui Malama o ke Kai: A Positive Prevention Based Youth Development Program Based on Native Hawaiian Values and Activities. 2009; 8(37):987-1007.

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1. Buenconsejo-Lum, LE, Saraiya, M, Sy, AU, Townsend, J. . Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease. Cervical Cancer Screening in the USAPI. 2014; 5(18):S1-S27.

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