Katherine Yun, MD MHS

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Pediatrics

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Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19146
BA (molecular biology)
Princeton University, 2000.
Harvard Medical School, 2006.
Yale School of Medicine, 2011.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Yun received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2006 and completed her residency in pediatrics at Yale University in 2009. Between 2009-2011, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and earned her Masters in Health Sciences Research from the Yale University School of Medicine.

While at Yale, Dr. Yun was the supervising physician in the Yale-New Haven Hospital Pediatric Refugee Clinic, a co-recipient of Connecticut’s Myra M. Oliver Award for going “above the call of duty” to help refugees and immigrants. At The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, she helps to coordinate education experiences for students, residents and other trainees through the Refugee Health Program. She also serves as an attending physician at Puentes de Salud, a nonprofit organization serving uninsured families in South Philadelphia. She believes that learning to work with families from many different regions and cultures prepares health professionals to provide compassionate, high-quality care for all of their patients.

Description of Research Expertise

Katherine Yun is a faculty member at PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Dr. Yun’s primary interest is refugee and immigrant health, specifically the well-being of children in immigrant families in the United States. Her research has focused on the prevalence of chronic, non-communicable conditions and insurance coverage among refugees in the US, as well as differences in primary and dental care utilization by children in different types of immigrant families. Current projects explore access to preventive health services for refugees and other immigrants in Pennsylvania. Ultimately, she hopes that her work will lead to improvements in the provision of patient-centered and accessible care for children in immigrant families.

Selected Publications

Scott, K.C., Taylor, E.M., Mamo, B., Herr, N.D., Cronkright, P.J., Yun, K., Altshuler, M. and Shetty, S.: Hepatitis B Screening and Prevalence Among Resettled Refugees—United States, 2006–2011. MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 64(21): 570-573, 2015.

Subedi, P., Drezner, K.A., Dogbey, M.C., Newbern, E.C., Yun, K., Scott, K.C., Garland, J.M., Altshuler, M.J. and Johnson, C.C.: Evaluation of latent tuberculous infection and treatment completion for refugees in Philadelphia, PA, 2010–2012 International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 19(5): 565-569, 2015.

Yun, K., Mohamad, Z., Kiss, L., Annamalai, A. and Zimmerman, C.: History of Persecution and Health Outcomes Among U.S. Refugees. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 18(1): 263-269, 2016.

Subedi, P., Li, C., Gurung, A., Bizune, D., Dogbey, M.C., Johnson, C.C. and Yun, K.: Mental health first aid training for the Bhutanese refugee community in the United States. International journal of Mental Health Systems 9(1): 9-20, 2015.

Yun, K., Chesnokova, A., Shults, J., Pinto, A. and Rubin, D.M.: Use of Preventive Dental Care Among Medicaid-Enrolled, School-Aged US Children in Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Families: Trends in Pennsylvania From 2005 Through 2010. American Journal of Public Health 104(12): 2400-2408, 2014.

Yun, K., Chesnokova, A., Matone, M., Luan, X., Localio, A.R. and Rubin, D.M. : Effect of Maternal-child Home Visitation on Pregnancy Spacing for First-time Latina Mothers. American Journal of Public Health 104(S1): S152-158, 2014.

Rosenthal, M.S., Barash, J., Blackstock, O., Ellis-West, S., Filice, C., Furie, G., Greysen, S.R., Malone, S., Tinney, B., Yun, K. and Lucas, G.I.: Building Community Capacity: sustaining the effects of multiple, two-year community-based participatory research projects. Progress in Community Health Partnerships 8(3): 365-374, 2014.

Yun Katherine, Fuentes-Afflick Elena, Curry Leslie A, Krumholz Harlan M, Desai Mayur M: Parental immigration status is associated with children's health care utilization: findings from the 2003 new immigrant survey of US legal permanent residents. Maternal and Child Health Journal 17(10): 1913-21, 2013.

Yun Katherine, Fuentes-Afflick Elena, Desai Mayur M: Prevalence of chronic disease and insurance coverage among refugees in the United States. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health 14(6): 933-40, 2012.

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