Jennifer Kue

In Funded Scholars
Jennifer Kue



Assistant Professor – Director of the Office of Global Innovations
The Ohio State University

Professional Bio

Dr. Jennifer Kue has 20 years of experience working with refugees and immigrants, and medically underserved minority populations. Her expertise is in community health promotion and achieving health equity in underserved ethnic minorities, community-engaged research, and refugee and immigrant health. Dr. Kue’s research applies the principles of community-engaged research to understanding and addressing cancer health disparities, including breast and cervical cancer prevention, cancer screening, and survivorship. Dr. Kue’s research examines the influence of culture, historical and refugee trauma, and intergenerational communication on cancer screening and health behavior. Her research interests are also focused on global health issues, in particular vaccine preventable cancers in low-resource countries. She received her PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University and Master’s degree in Anthropology from San Diego State University.

Project Description

This project will describe and critically assess the literature on intervention strategies to increase breast and cervical cancer screening uptake among Southeast Asian American women (AIM 1). In addition, a comparative case study analysis of two or more effective interventions to increase breast and cervical cancer screening uptake among Southeast Asian American women will be conducted (AIM 2).

Why did you apply to New Connections

I applied for the New Connections award to seek out the career development opportunities that RWJF can provide its scholars. I am excited to learn from RWJF scholars and mentors as I work towards enhancing my research capacity.

Research Interests

My research centers on reducing health disparities among refugee and immigrant populations, and specifically, in cancer prevention and control. My primary research focus is in cancer screening disparities in Asian refugees and immigrants, which leads to late-stage diagnosis of treatable cancers such as breast and cervical cancers, resulting in higher morbidity and mortality. I also practice and value a community-engaged approach in my research to examine the influence of culture, race, historical and refugee trauma, and intergenerational communication on cancer screening and health behavior.

My long-term research career goals are to become an outstanding, highly competitive independent researcher; to develop a robust research program in cancer health disparities that extends beyond the efficacy stage to dissemination; and continue to be of service to minority, poor, and underserved communities. My overall goal is to develop interventions in cancer screening that make a substantive impact on decreasing late-stage diagnosis of cancer in underserved individuals, especially refugee and immigrant populations.


Kue, J., Hanegan, H., & Tan, A. (in press). Cervical cancer screening perceptions, barriers to screening, and behavior among Bhutanese-Nepali refugee women in the U.S. Journal of Community Health. doi: 10.1007/s10900-017-0355-2

Kue, J., Szalacha, L.A., Happ, M.B., Crisp, A.L., & Menon, U. (2017). Culturally relevant human subjects protection training: A case study in community-engaged research in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 28239756

Kue, J., Thorburn, S., & Szalacha, L. (2016). Perceptions of risk for hepatitis B infection among the Hmong. Hmong Studies Journal, 17, 1-24. PMID: 28154502

Kue, J., Pyakurel, S., & Yotebieng, K. (2016). Building community-engaged research partnerships with Bhutanese-Nepali refugees: lessons learned from a community health needs assessment project. Practicing Anthropology, 38(4), 37-40.

Szalacha, L., Kue, J., & Menon, U. (2016). Knowledge and beliefs regarding breast and cervical cancer screening among Mexican-Heritage Latinas. Cancer Nursing. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 27472190

Klemanski, D., Browning, K., & Kue, J. (2016). Survivorship care plan preferences of cancer survivors and health care providers: A systematic review and quality appraisal of the evidence. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10(1), 71-86. PMID: 25911150

Kue, J., Thorburn, S., & Levy Keon, K. (2015). Research challenges and lessons learned from conducting community-based research with the Hmong community. Health Promotion Practice, 16(3), 411-418. PMID: 25445983

Kue, J., Zukoski, A., Levy Keon, K., & Thorburn, S. (2014). Breast and cervical cancer screening: Exploring perceptions and barriers with Hmong women and men in Oregon. Ethnicity and Health, 19(3), 311-327. PMID: 23477387

Kue, J., & Thorburn, S. (2013). Hepatitis B knowledge, screening, and vaccination among Hmong Americans. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24(2), 566-578. PMID: 23728029

Thorburn, S., Kue, J., Levy Keon, K., & Zukoski, A. (2013). “We don’t talk about it” and other interpersonal influences on Hmong women’s breast and cervical cancer screening decisions. Health Education Research, 28(5), 760-771. PMID: 23221592

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2017
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Creating Healthier, More Equitable Communities
  • Project Name: Breast and cervical cancer screening interventions among Southeast Asian American women: A systematic review

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