School of Health and Human Services
Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and University of Maryland, Baltimore
M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore
M.P.P., University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Sunny Kang's research interests center on health disparities in long-term care settings among underserved populations and how federal and state legislation, regulations, policies and programs can reduce or eliminate such disparities. Another of her research areas of interest is to examine the significant role of health-care financing (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid) in health-care delivery and access.
Kang's previous works are published in journals such as The Gerontologist, Journal of Aging & Social Policy, and Medical Care Research and Review. She serves as the program chair of the Aging & Public Health Section of the American Public Health Association for its 2012 and 2013 conferences.
Areas of Research Interest:
- health policy
- health-care financing
- long-term care
- quality of care (racial and rural disparities)
Huang Q, Kang YS. 2020. An Evaluation Model of COVID-19 Spread Control and Prevention: Effectiveness Analysis Based on Immigration Population Data in China. JMIR Public Health Surveill. May 25; 6 (2): e18638. Doi: 10.2196/18638. PUBMED link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32396132
Kang, Y.,Tzeng, H.M., and Zhang, T. 2019. Rural Disparities in Hospital Patient Satisfaction: Multilevel Analysis of the Massachusetts AHA, SID, and HCAHPS Data. Journal of Patient Experience. First published online on September 23, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1177/2374373519862933
Tzeng, H.M., Barker, A, Kang, Y., & Okpalauwaekwe, U. 2019. Are older adults’ demographic characteristics social determinants of their perceived importance, desire, and ability to perform end‐of‐life self‐care actions? Nursing Forum. Oct; 54(4):565-574. Epub 2019 Jul 18. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12371.
Tzeng, H.M., Pierson, JM, Kang, Y., Barker, A, & Yin CY. 2019. Exploring the associations between patient affect, self-care actions, and emergency room use for community-dwelling adults. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Apr/Jun;34(2):175-179. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000348.
Kang, Y., Miller, N.A., Tzeng, H.M., and Zhang, T. 2018. Race and mental disorders’ impact on older patients’ nursing home admissions upon hospital discharge. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Sep - Oct;78:269-274. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2018.07.003. https://doi.org/10.1177/2374373519862933
Kang, Y., Tzeng, H.M. Miller, NA. 2016. Facility Characteristics and the Risk of Developing Pressure Ulcer in U.S. Nursing Homes. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Jan-Mar;31(1):E9-E16.
Kang, Y. & Molinari, C. 2013. Case study: paying for long-term care: A Family Affair. Online Journal of International Case Analysis: Transforming Aging. 4(2). http://ojica.fiu.edu/index.php/ojica_journal/index
Tzeng, M.H., Hsou M.H., Chang, Y.Y., Kang, Y. 2012. Effective IT Functionalities in Medical/ Surgical Units to Inform Best Practices to Reduce Injuries Fall Risks in U.S. Acute Care Hospitals. Open Journal of Nursing, 2, 104-110. OJN doi:10.4236/ojn.2012.22016. Published Online June 2012.http://www.SciRP.org/journal/ojn/.
Kang, Y., Meng, H.D., Miller, N.A. 2011. Rurality and Nursing Home Quality: Evidence from the National Nursing Home Survey. The Gerontologist. Dec;51(6):761-73. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnr065. Epub 2011 Jun 30.
Miller, N.A., Elder, K.T., Kitchener, M., Kang, Y., and Harrington, C. 2008. Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver Use and Expenditures for Persons with HIV/AIDS. Medical Care Research and Review. June, 65 (3):338-355.
Miller, N.A., Kitchener, M., Elder, K.T., Kang, Y., Rubin, A., and Harrington, C. 2005. Variation by Disability in State Predictors of Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver Use and Expenditures. The Gerontologist. 45: 764-772.