Jin-Young Lee, MA
Gerontology Program
San Francisco State University

Ms. Jin-Young (Jenny) Lee is an Office of Minority Health (OMH) Health Equity Fellow who successfully completed an OMH Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP) project through the auspices of the Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC IX) in collaboration with SFSU’s Gerontology Program. Her OMH YHEMOP project enabled her to assist with the planning, development, and submission of a textbook proposal on health and healthcare disparities. She helped to identify the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the region, the health and healthcare disparities that may be addressed by translating scientific research into community practice, and how collaborative partnerships and joint ventures may help to close the gap on health and healthcare disparities in the community.

Ms. Lee continues her role as a research associate for the Gerontology Program at SFSU. Her current research study focuses on a public health perspective in better understanding Asian American adult children as caregivers for their aging parents, and how ethnic background may affect caregiving roles and expectations.

Ms. Lee is bilingual in English and Korean. Her passion is to help enhance the quality of life for minority elders by promoting improved health and access to social services. In addition, she has an active role as a certified shelter volunteer helping survivors of human trafficking in need of assistance.

Ms. Lee is a lead for the Center for Age Friendly Excellence, which is advancing livable communities for all generations. She accomplishes this by providing technical assistance, consultation, applied research access, and community organizing synergy to assist communities to become intentional about the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Initiative. This initiative envisions an age-friendly environment that fosters active aging by optimizing opportunities for health, participation, and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. Ms. Lee emigrated from South Korea to the United States nine years ago. She received a BA in psychology and an MA in gerontology, both from San Francisco State University.