News and Event

First Inaugural UTD Health Policy Speaker Series with Dr. Edward Yelin from USCF

November 2017

The first inaugural UTD speaker series is held at 4-5pm on November 30th, 2017. Dr. Edward H. Yelin, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the University of California at San Francisco. His health services research program focuses on the impact of changes in the health care system for persons with severe chronic diseases and in the sources of health disparities in access to care and long-term outcomes of disease. He is currently completing research from a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator in Health Policy Award on the causes of how poverty translates into poorer health outcomes. He presents the findings from the research with a title of "Why the poor are sicker? Moving from description to policy" in McDermott Library Auditorium (MC 2.410).

GHRG team members presented their research projects at APHA

November 2017

Three GHRG team members presented their research findings at the 2017 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference in November 4-8, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Dohyeong Kim presented a poster titled “Evaluating urban safety via metabolism: a case of South Korea” Ms. Soojin Min presented a poster titled “Spatial analysis of fatalities and injuries by urban residential fire incidents,” and Ms. HyoungAh Kim presented a poster titled “Allocating NPIR (Negative Pressure Isolation Rooms) hospitals for infectious diseases.” All the presentations received great attention.

Dr. Kim reaches out to the Korean community

September 2017

Since 2015, Dr. Kim has been invited as a regular expert panelist of a current affair radio show (“Si-Sa Plus”) at the Dallas Korean Radio (KKDA AM 730 DKNET; It is the only one Korean-American radio station in the South-Central region of US, covering the listeners living in Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton and North Austin. At the current affair show, Dr. Kim and other panelist discuss various issues in US and Korea, including the recent North Korea missile crisis.

Two GHRG associates got Ph.D and started a new job

August 2017

Dr. Priyanka Vyas and Anh Pham successfully defended their doctoral dissertations during the summer 2017 and started their new journey as a fresh Ph.D. Dr. Priyanka joins the University of California at San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education as a postdoctoral scholar and Dr. Anh Pham is hired as an assistant professor at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Consultation with scholars from South Korea on public safety programs

April - June 2017

Dr. Kim assisted several scholars from South Korea who would like to learn about the U.S. urban safety programs and policies. Dr. Kim arranged the meetings and site visits with several health and safety organizations for them including the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition, Frisco Safety Town, and Cobb County Safety Village. These activities appeared in the media:

Keynote speeches at the International Symposium on Food and Drug Safety

September 2016

In two years in a row, Dr. Kim was invited as a keynote speaker at the International Symposium on Food and Drug Safety Emergency Response, hosted by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in Korea. His 2015 and 2016 presentation titles were “Food and drugs risk management policy trends” and “Events, accidents and crisis management trends of medicine and medical products,” respectively.

Summer statistical trainings at KOSSDA

July 2016

In four years in a row, Dr. Kim was invited to teach a week-long summer methodology workshop on spatial statistical analysis at the Seoul National University and the Korean Social Science Data Archive (KOSSDA). The details are found at:

Summer fieldwork interviewing medical students and professionals in Vietnam

July 2016

During the summer 2016, Anh Pham started her fieldwork in four cities in Vietnam including Hanoi, Haiphong, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for the research funded by Haiphong University of Medicine and Pharmacy titled "Exploring Determinants for Recruitment and Retention of Family Doctors for Rural Practice in Vietnam: Lessons from a Discrete Choice Experiment.” Dr. Kim visited the fieldwork sites and supervised the enumerator trainings and choice experiment questionnaire development.

Presentation at the 2016 Annual Congress of the EAACI

June 2016

Dr. Kim gave a panel presentation at the 2016 Annual Congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) in June 2016 in Vienna, Austria. He shared the major findings from the recent research project funded by the National Research Foundation from Korea titled “Smart prevention for allergic diseases: GIS-based risk index and IT-based mobile monitoring.”

GHRG research appeared in local media in Bangladesh

June 2016

Dr. Kim and Ms. Vyas, along with Dr. Malabika in BRAC Univerisity in Bangladesh, published an article “Role of spatial tools in public health policymaking of Bangladesh: opportunities and challenges” at the recent issue of Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition. They identified several issues that keep Bangladesh from fully adopting the use of spatial tools, including a lack of collaboration between institutions, lack of trained personnel and lack of awareness of the use of geographic information systems in decision-making. The findings received attention from the local media: Daily Sun

1st Global Symposium on Crisis & Emergency Management with two professors from Korea

January 2016

GHRG hosted the first Global Symposium on Crisis & Emergency Management on January 15-16 with the two well-renowned professors from South Korea: Prof. Jae Eun Lee and Prof. Jang Hee Lee at Chungbuk National University. This two-day symposium is co-hosted by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Research Institute at Chungbuk National University in Korea, the Korea Policy Forum, and Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis. Prof. Jae Eun Lee gave a keynote speech titled “Crisisonomy & Disastronomy: Academic Development of Crisis and Emergency Management under the Concept of Comprehensive Security,” followed by the four presentations by Prof. Jang Hee Lee, Mr. Fabien Cottier, Ms. Hyong Ah Kim and Mr. Brett Cease. All participants in the roundtable discussion on January 16th discussed about the future directions of collaborative research on global crisis and emergency management.

Inaugural GHRG Speaker Series with Dr. Joseph Oppong from UNT

December 2015

As an inaugural event for GHRG, the first GHRG speak series was held at 11:30-12:30 on December 11th, 2015. Dr. Joseph Oppong, Professor of Geography and Associate Dean for Research at UNT, visited GHRG with his research group members and presented his research projects with a title of "Disease, Vulnerability and GIS." After his presentation, his research group and all GHRG members had a joint team meeting to exchange various ideas about potential research collaboration in the future.

Consultation for South Korea’s MERS Crisis

June 2015

Dr. Dohyeong Kim had an interview with the National Public Radio (NPR), Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and a few local media concerning the recent outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea. He emphasized the importance of transparency, professionalism and accountability in communication with the public in order to address unwarranted panic over the disease and widespread distrust of government. The details can be found at: South Korea's MERS Crisis Exposes Public Distrust Of Leaders

Internships and site visit activities for Korean students and scholars

February 2015

Dr. Dohyeong Kim, with assistance from Soojin Min, organized a 10-day internship entitled “Experience Dallas as a future city: technology, culture and governance” for ten undergraduate students from Incheon National University in Korea (February 3-12, 2015), and offered a one-week site visit program to eight scholars from the city of Sejong to support their current efforts to join the WHO's International Safe Community (March 22-28, 2015). The UTD News Center published an article on the internship: Visiting Students Experience Dallas Through Future City Program

Best student presentation prize at the 2015 Global Health Student Conference

January 2015

Anh Pham received the best student presentation prize at the 2015 Global Health Student Conference hosted by UT-Southwestern in January 2015. She presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Dohyeong Kim titled “A meta-regression analysis of the effectiveness of mosquito nets for malaria control.”

EPPS Advisory Council award 2015 in support of GHRG

December 2014

Drs. Dohyeong Kim and Yongwan Chun received $5,000 from the EPPS Advisory Council to support their efforts to develop the Geospatial Health Research Group (GHRG) during the year of 2015.

Featured poster at the 2014 APPAM Fall Conference

November 2014

Priyanka Vyas’ poster "Evaluating the Feasibility of Spatial Tools to Scale up Child Immunization Coverage in Bangladesh", coauthored with Dr. Dohyeong Kim, is featured on the APPAM 2014 (Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management) conference website. To see the poster, please click on the link:

Short course in geospatial health at ICDDR

September 2014

Drs. Dohyeong Kim and Yongwan Chun traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh in September 20-26, 2014 to hold a week-long invited short course on geospatial analysis for health care, jointly hosted by ICDDR, B (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) and James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University, and funded by USAID. During the visit, they had an opportunity to interact with many global health researchers and practitioners in Bangladesh who are eager to build a long-term partnership with GHRG, in terms of collaborative research activities, public health data sharing, fieldwork support, and student/faculty exchanges.