Evaon C. Wong-Kim, MSW, MPH, LCSW, PhD

Chair and Professor
Department of Social Work
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA, 94542, USA


Dr. Wong-Kim is Professor and Chair at the Department of Social Work, California State University at East Bay. Dr. Wong-Kim has been a well recognized advocate and researcher for minority and low-income breast cancer patients, especially the Asian immigrant and Pacific Islander population. Her research interest is on cancer survivorship and quality of life issues confronting Chinese immigrant breast cancer patients. She published and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences relating to breast cancer and psychosocial issues. Dr. Wong-Kim also conducted training in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Guam and Hawaii on providing effective social work intervention to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Wong-Kim is appointed as Assessment Panel Member of the Social Workers Registration Board in Hong Kong. She is a founding board member of the Intercultural Cancer Council, a national advocacy organization for improving the cancer mortality rate of the underserved populations. Dr. Wong-Kim was the President of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate. She was the first Chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander National Advisory Council for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Dr. Wong-Kim was a member of the Minority Womens Health Panel of Experts, Office of Womens Health, DHHS. She was also the Community Director of the Asian American Network for CancerAwareness, Research and Training project in Hawaii and served as board member of the American Cancer Society in Hawaii.

Research Interest

Her research interest include: Quality of life, Breast cancer, Asian and Pacific Island health issues.

Scientific Activities


• Co-Chair, Intercultural Cancer Council Regional Symposia on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer, San Francisco, (July 1, 2010)
• American Cancer Society, Redwood Region Regional Board Member, (October 2004-July 2007)
• Intercultural Cancer Council Founding Board Member, (April 1995-present)
• Executive Committee Member, (September 2005-present)
• Intercultural Cancer Council Caucus Founding Board Member, (January 1999-present)
• Office on Womens Health, DHHS, Minority Womens Health Panel of Experts Co-Chair, Service Committee, (June 2002-June 2005)
• Member, (June 2002-August 2007)
• Susan G. Komen for the Cure (San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate) President, (April 1, 2007-present)
• Susan G. Komen for the Cure (National) Chair, Asian Pacific Islander National Advisory Council, (April 2003-March 2007)
• Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (Hawaii Affiliate) President-Elect, (January 2003-August 2003)
• Member, March, (2000-August 2003)
• University and Community Activities Member, Search Committee for the Associate Vice President, Research and Professional Development, CSU East Bay, (2011-2012)
• Reviewer, Tenure and Promotional Departmental Committee, Department of Human Development and Womens Studies, CSU East Bay, (2011-2012)
• Reviewer, Tenure and Promotional Departmental Committee, Sociology, CSU East Bay, (2011-2014)
• Chair, Tenure and Promotional Departmental Committee, Department of Human Development, CSU East Bay, (2010-2011)
• Member, University Sabbatical and Leaves Committee, CSU East Bay, (2010-2011)
• Member, Review Committee for the VP, Administration and Finance and CFO, (2009- 2010)
• American Cancer Society, Hawaii Pacific Inc., Board Member, (March 2000-July 2003)
• Chair, Quality of Life Committee, (March 2000-July 2003)
• California Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCEDP) API Advisory Committee Member, (January 1995-May 1999)
• Chinese Health Educational Council Council Member, (February 1995-December 1999)
• Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Hawaii Inc. Board Member and Treasurer, (November 2001-August 2003)
• Hong Kong Business Association Disc Jockey for Health Radio Program, (April 2003-August 2003)


• CSU Regional Conferences on Community-Based Research: Transforming Scholarship, Transforming All Our Lives Advisory Council Member (2010-present)
• American Public Health Association Member, (1998-present)
• NASW-API chapter Member, (March 1997-present)
• Society of Social Work Research Member, (January 2000-2004)
• University Coordinating Council – Center of Disability Studies Member, (May 2001-May 2003)
• University of Hawaii Committee on Human Studies, Social Science and Behavioral IRB Member, (January 2003-July 2003)
• University of Hawaii Area Health Education Center State Advisory Committee Member, (August 2001-May 2003)



1. Wong-Kim E, Chilton JA, Goh SS, Gines V. Breast Health Issues of Undocumented Women in California and Texas. Journal of Cancer Education. 2009; 24(S2): S64-S67. doi: 10.1080/08858190903404601
2. Chilton JA, Wong-Kim E, Guidry JJ, Gor BJ, Jones L. The Utility of a Connecting Framework to Facilitate Understanding of and Reduce the Disparities in Hospice Care Experienced by Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Primary Psychiatry. 2008; 15(10): 38-44.
3. Wong-Kim E, Sormanti M, Tang KL, Ngai S. Talking Cancer, Saving Lives: Breast Cancer Awareness Training for Health Professionals in Hong Kong. International Quarterly of Community Health Education. 2008; 28(4): 305-318. doi: 10.2190/IQ.28.4.d
4. Wong-Kim E, Merighi J. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Pain Management in U.S.- and Foreign-Born Chinese Women with Breast Cancer. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2007; 18: 127-138. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2007.0123
5. Sun A, Zhang J, Tsoh J, Wong-Kim E, Chow E. The Effectiveness in Utilizing Chinese Media to Promote Breast Health among Chinese Women. Journal of Health Communications. 2007; 12: 157-171.
6. Wong-Kim E. The use of complementary and alternative medicine among Chinese women with breast cancer. Chinese America: History and Perspectives, Conference Proceedings, Special 20th Anniversary Issue. 2007; 65-69.
7. Wong-Kim E. A Joint US-HK Breast Cancer Training Workshop: Process, Outcomes, and Evaluation, Conference Proceedings for 5th International Conference on Social Work. Health and Mental Health, Hong Kong. 2006.
8. Wong-Kim E, Wang C. Breast self-examination among Chinese immigrant Women. Health Education and Behavior. 2006; 33(5): 580-590.
9. Wong-Kim E, Bloom J. Depression experienced by young women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology. 2005; 14(7): 564-573.doi: 10.1002/pon.873
10. Wong-Kim E, Sun A, Merighi J, Chow E. Understanding quality-of-life issues in Chinese women with breast cancer. A qualitative investigation. Cancer Control: Cancer Culture and Literacy Supplement. 2005; 6-12.
11. Duncombe E, Komorosky D, Wong-Kim E, Turner W. Free inside: A program to help inmates cope with life in prison at Maui community correctional center. Californian Journal of Health Promotion. 2005; 3(4): 48-58.
12. Sun A, Wong-Kim E, Stearman S, Chow E. Quality of life in Chinese patients with breast cancer. Cancer. 2005; 104(12): 2952-2954.
13. Langworthy C, Wong-Kim E. Asian Americans with disabilities: Influence of the Disability Rights Movement on culturally competent social work practice. The Review of Disability Studies. 2004; 1(2): 80-87.
14. Wong-Kim E, Sun A, DeMattos MC. Assessing Cancer Attitude in a Chinese Immigrant Community. Cancer Control. 2003; 10(5), 22-28.
15. Adler SR, Fosket J, Kagawa-Singer M, et al. Conceptualizing menopause and midlife. Chinese American and Chinese women in the US Maturitas. 2000; 35(1): 17-29. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0378-5122(00)00090-6
16. Wong-Kim E. The consumers perspectives on American health care system. Asian American and Pacific Islander Journal of Health. 1996; 4(1-3): 223-226.