Meifang Chen Ph.D., M.P.H., CHES

Meifang Chen
Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
Public Health
Office Location: ST 301
Phone: 323-3434745 Email: mchen62@calstatela.edu

EDUCATION

2013-2017         University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham AL

                          Doctor of Philosophy, Health Education and Promotion                                            

Dissertation: title Associations of food environment, Mediterranean diet adherence and obesity in United States: A Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis”

2010-2012          University of South Carolina, Columbia SC

Master of Public Health, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior

Internship: Program Assistant, Junior Doctor of Health program, Medical University of South Carolina

2004-2008          Peking Union Medical College, Tsinghua University, Beijing China

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Internship: Nurse, Peking Union Medical College Hospital

 

CERTIFICATIONS

2013-present      Professional Medical Interpreter Certificate, the Cross Culture Health Care Program, Seattle, WA

2012-present     Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

2009-2014          Registered Nurse License, Beijing Municipal Health Bureau of Public Health

 

PROFESSIONAL AND RELATED WORKING EXPERIENCE

2017-present      Assistant Professor, California State University-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2016-2016          Principle Investigator, Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center, Birmingham AL

2013-2016          Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Health Behavior, UAB, Birmingham AL

2014-2015          Graduate Research Assistant, UAB Hospital Lung Health Center, Birmingham AL

2013-2013          Health Educator II, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Charleston SC

2013-2013          Chinese/English Interpreter, Interpreter Service Department, Lexington Medical Center, Lexington SC

2012-2012          Program evaluator, South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Columbia SC

2012-2012          Program Assistant (Internship), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC

2011-2013          Graduate Assistant & staff, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC

2011-2013          Graduate Assistant, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia SC

2008-2010          Registered Nurse, International Department, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing China

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017-present     PH4320: International Health course, Dept. of Public Health, California State university, Los Angeles, CA

2017-present     PH4340: Health Promotion course, Dept. of Public Health, California State university, Los Angeles, CA

2014-2014          Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Health Behavior, UAB, Birmingham AL

2013-2014          Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Health Behavior, UAB, Birmingham AL

2011-2012          Adjunct Instructor, Confucius Institute, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC 

 

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL HONORS

2017-2017          5th Annual Epidemiology Poster Award Winner, Epidemiology & Population Health poster section, Obesity Society Conference 2017, Washington DC

2016-2016          Research grant award, the Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research, UAB

2016-2016          Tuition scholarship, the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), UAB

2015-2015          Student travel stipends, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2015-2015          Public Health Scholarship, South Carolina Public Health Association

2014-2016          Graduate Research Assistant Fellowship/Tuition Scholarship, Department of Health Behavior, UAB

2013-2014          Graduate Trainee Fellowship, Department of Health Behavior, UAB

2005-2008          First Class Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduates, Peking Union Medical College, Tsinghua University, Beijing China

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2018                    Social & Behavioral Research course, CITI, Lake Success, NY

2018                    Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course, CITI, Lake Success, NY

2018                    Conflicts of Interest Faculty, Staff, Students (COI) course, CITI, Lake Success, NY

2018                    Biomedical Data or Specimens Only Research course, CITI, Lake Success, NY

2017                    CSU Data Security & Privacy course, California State University, awarded by EVERFI

2017                    Continuing education credits, The Obesity Society & The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Annual Meeting 2017, Washington DC

2017                    The Teaching Project, Center for Effective Teaching & Learning, CSULA

2017                    Technology Enhanced Certificate Holder program, Center for Effective Teaching & Learning, CSULA

 

GRANTS

Principal Investigator                                                                                                               Aug 2017 – July 2018

Start-up research funding                                                                                                                       

Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services

Principal Investigator                                                                                                                           Jan – Jul 2016

Principal Investigator: Meifang Chen, University of Alabama at Birmingham                                   

The Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research (U54MD008176)

Associations of food environment, Mediterranean diet adherence and obesity in United States: A Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis

This project is a secondary data analysis using GIS methods and models to identify the drivers of eating a Mediterranean diet, and using path analysis to test if eating a Mediterranean diet can modify the effects of life-course food environment exposure on obesity outcomes among the Reasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study cohort. The findings will provide wealthy knowledge and information for future obesity-modifying dietary promotion programs and policies.

Graduate Research Assistant                                                                                                            Jan – Aug 2016

Principal investigator: Gareth R Dutton, University of Alabama at Birmingham                                

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) (1R01DK103863-01A1)

CARE Trial: Comparing Different Levels of Calorie Reduction for Weight Loss (Fixed Versus Variable Energy Reduction during Behavioral Obesity Treatment), 2015-2019

This is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) comparing lifestyle interventions with differing levels and schedules of energy reduction for weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

Graduate Research Assistant                                                                                                 Sept 2014 – Jul, 2015

Principal investigator: Kathy F. Harrington, University of Alabama at Birmingham                         

National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (NIDA 1u01da031515)

Web-based Smoking Cessation Intervention: Transition from Inpatient to Outpatient                  2011-2015

This project tests a web-based intervention to support smoking cessation post-hospitalization among patients in an urban tertiary care hospital

Program Evaluator                                                                                                                               Jun- Sept 2012

South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Columbia SC                                                              

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Title V Incentive Grants for Local Delinquency Prevention Program

This grant program is to facilitate local efforts to reduce risk factors for juvenile delinquency, to enhance protective factors to prevent youth at risk of becoming delinquent from entering the juvenile justice system, and to intervene with first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system.

Program Assistant (Internship)                                                                                                        Jan – May 2012

Principal Investigator: Scotty M. Buff, MUSC, Charleston SC                                                     

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Junior Doctors of Health

This program is to prevent childhood obesity in underserved populations by creating “Junior Doctors of Health”, in which youth are empowered to take control of their own health and educate their families, friends, and communities about healthy eating and exercise. 

Graduate Assistant & temporary staff                                                                                    Jul 2011- May 2013

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and USC, Columbia SC                       

Family & Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

State Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

This federal grant program is to fund state agencies to educate young people on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.

Graduate Assistant                                                                                                                               Apr – Jul 2011                                       

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and USC, Columbia SC                    

Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Program

This federal program is to provide a foundation for ensuring the health of the Nation’s mothers, women, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families. 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed Publication

  1. Harrington, K. F., Kim, Y. I., Chen, M.F., Ramachandran, R., Pisu, M., Sadasivam, R. S., Huston, T.K., & Bailey, W. C. (2016). Web-based intervention for transitioning smokers from inpatient to outpatient care: an RCT. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 51(4), 620-629.
  2. Qin, Y., Chen, M.F., & Wang, Q. (2012). Accompany Nursing Staff's Hand Hygiene Condition in Mother-infant Ward. Chinese Journal of Nosocomiology, 22(6), 1222-1223
  3. Zhao, L.Y., Chen, M.F., & Qin, Y. (2009). Reminder Cards Application in Comprehensive Obstetrics and Gynecology Ward in International Department. Chinese Journal of Modern Nursing, 15(31), 3297.
  4. Chen, M.F., Gan, D.Z., Zhang, H., & Zhang, Y. (2009). Investigation on Occupational Exposure among Staff in Disinfected Supply Rooms from 11 Third Grade Class A Hospitals and Their Professional Prevention Conditions. Chinese Journal of Modern Nursing, 15(7), 366-8

Other Publication

  1. Fact Sheet, “At a Glance: Late Preterm in South Carolina”, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 2011

Manuscript under review

  1. Chen, M.F., Creger, T., Judd, S.E., Howard, V.J., Harrington, K.F., & Fontaine, K.R. (2018). Association of Community Food Environment and Obesity among U.S. Adults: A Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysis. Obesity  
  2. Chen, M.F., Fontaine, K.R., & Dhurandhar, E.J. (2018). Childhood Food Insecurity Predicts Body Weight in Later Life: A Systematic Literature Review.

Manuscripts in progress

  1. Chen, M.F., Creger, T., Judd, S.E., Howard, V.J., Harrington, K.F., & Fontaine, K.R. Geospatial Analysis of Mediterranean Diet Adherence in the U.S. 
  2. Chen, M.F., Creger, T., Judd, S.E., Howard, V.J., Harrington, K.F., & Fontaine, K.R.  Association of Community Food Environment and Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet among U.S. Adults: an example of Geographically Weighted Regression Application in Public Health Issues
  3. Chen, M.F., Creger, T., Judd, S.E., Howard, V.J., Harrington, K.F., & Fontaine, K.R.  If Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet Mediates the Association Between Food Environment and Obesity among U.S. Adults?
  4. Chen, M.F., Judd S.E., & Fontaine, K.R. Effects of Mediterranean Diet on body weight among the U.S. population: A systematic literature review.
  5. Chen, M.F., & Weissglass, D.E. Health reconstruction in the U.S. society.
  6. Weissglass, D.E., & Chen, M.F. Health as Virtue: Self-Cultivation and Self-Care.

ABSTRACTS

  1. Chen, M.F., Creger, T., Judd, S.E., Howard, V.J., Harrington, K.F., & Fontaine, K.R. (2018). Geospatial Analysis of Mediterranean Diet Adherence in the U.S. European Congress on Obesity conference 2018, Vienna, Austria
  2. Chen, M.F., Creger, T., Judd, S.E., Howard, V.J., Harrington, K.F., & Fontaine, K.R.  (2017). Association of community food environment and obesity among the U.S. adults: a Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis. The Obesity Society & The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Annual Meeting 2017, Washington DC
  3. Chen, M.F., Judd S.E., & Fontaine, K.R. (2016). Effects of Mediterranean Diet on body weight among the U.S. population: A systematic literature review. The Obesity Society & The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Annual Meeting 2016, New Orleans, LA
  4. Chen, M.F., & Weissglass, D.E. (2016). Health reconstruction in the U.S. society. the Sixth Annual West Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference, Kalamazoo, MI
  5. Weissglass, D.E., & Chen, M.F. (2016). Health as Virtue: Self-Cultivation and Self-Care. the Sixth Annual West Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference, Kalamazoo, MI
  6. Chen, M.F., Fontaine, K.R., & Dhurandhar, E.J. (2015). Does Childhood Food Insecurity Predict Weight Status in Later Life? A Systematic Literature Review. Obesity Society ObesityWeek 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting, Los Angeles, CA
  7. Harrington, K.F., Chen, M.F., Kim, Y., Ramachandran, R., & Bailey, W.C. (2015). What Predicts Smoking Cessation and Reduction among Smokers Enrolled in a Web-based Intervention Post-hospitalization. American Thoracic Society 2015 International Conference. Denver, Colorado
  8. Chen, M.F., Davies, S.L., Snyder, S., & Lanzi, R.G. (2015). Risk Factors of Maternal Mental Health and Parenting functioning: My Sister's Keeper. 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, Chicago, IL.
  9. Chen, M.F., Harrington, K.F., Kim, Y-il, Kohler, C., & Bailey, W.C. (2015). Are there gender differences in electronic cigarette advertising exposure and use among hospitalized smokers? Annual Public Health Research and Practice Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  10. Chen, M.F. & Creger, T. (2015). Is there an association between low food access an adult obesity in Alabama? Annual Public Health Research and Practice Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  11. Chen, M.F., Harrington, K.F., Hendricks, P.S. Kohler, C., & Bailey, W.C. (2015). Changes in electronic cigarette use, regular cigarette use, and exposure to e-cigarette advertising among smokers after a hospitalization. Annual Public Health Research and Practice Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  12. Khan, M., Heboyan, V., & Chen, M.F. (2013). Determinants of Patient Satisfaction at Public Sector Health Facilities in Bangladesh. 141st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, Boston, MA.

 

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

American Public Health Association

Alabama Public Health Association

South Carolina Public Health Association

The Obesity Society

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Society of Public Health Education

 

SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

2017-present     Contact person for Global Studies, Department of Public Health, CSULA 

2018-present     Thesis committee, Graduate Studies, CSULA

2017-present     Member, College RTP taskforce, College of Health and Human Services, CSULA

2017-present     Member, Department Curriculum Committee, Department of Public Health, CSULA

2017-present     Member, Master of Public Health committee, Department of Public Health, CSULA

2016-present     Reviewer, Health Education & Behavior Journal, SAGE

2015-2017         Senator, Graduate Student Government, UAB

2014-present     Advisory Board member, Healing Species, Inc.

2014-2017         Campus Liaison, American Public Health Association-Student Assembly

2013-present     Abstract Reviewer, the 142nd-146th APHA Annual Meeting and Expo

 

TECHNICAL & SPECIALIZED SKILLS

Statistics          SPSS: Practical knowledge of correlations, linear/logistic regression, hierarchical   regression, discriminate function analysis, cluster analysis, factor analysis, path analysis.

SAS: Practical knowledge of writing and running codes to datasets management, generate descriptive statistics, correlation, linear/logistic regression, and path analysis.

JMP: Practical knowledge of descriptive statistics, correlations, and linear/logistic regression.

Other software applications

ArcGIS software, GeoDa, GWR4, EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, Word, Excel, Publisher, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Dropbox

Language         Chinese, native

            English, full professional proficiency