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 Chair and Professor of 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 cancer patients, especially the Asian immigrant and Pacific Islander population. She published research papers on issues relating to survivorship, community attitude towards cancer and quality of life confronting immigrant Chinese cancer patients. She also presented numerous papers at national and international conferences relating to cancer and psychosocial issues. Dr. Wong-Kim is a founding board member of the Intercultural Cancer Council, a national advocacy organization for improving the cancer mortality rate of the underserved populations. She served as a member of the Minority Women’s Health Panel of Experts, Office of Women’s Health. She was the President of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate and served as the first Chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander National Advisory Council for the National Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She was also named Community Director of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training project in Hawaii and served as board member of the American Cancer Society in Hawaii. Dr. Wong-Kim is appointed as Assessment Panel Member of the Social Workers Registration Board in Hong Kong.

Research Interest

Her research interest includes: Cancer survivorship and quality of life issues confronting Chinese immigrant cancer patients.

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 – June, 2013
Executive Committee Member, September 2005 – June, 2013
• Intercultural Cancer Council Caucus Founding Board Member, January 1999 -June, 2013
• 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 – January, 2009
• 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

• Board Member, Alumni Association, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley 7/2011- Present
• 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, 2011-2012
• 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


Refereed Journal Articles

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.
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 K. L, and 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. and Merighi J. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Pain Management in US and Foreign-Born Chinese Women with Breast Cancer. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2007; 18: 127-138.
5. Sun A, Zhang J, Tsoh J, Wong-Kim E. and 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 and Wang C. Breast self-examination among Chinese immigrant Women. Health Education and Behavior. 2006; 33(5): 580-590. doi: 10.1177/1090198106290800
7. Wong-Kim E. and Bloom J. Depression experienced by young women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology. 2005; 14(7): 564-573. doi: 10.1002/pon.873
8. Wong-Kim E, Sun A, Merighi J, and 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.
9. 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.
10. Sun A, Wong-Kim E, Stearman S, Chow E. Quality of life in Chinese patients with breast cancer. Cancer. 2005; 104 (12 Suppl): 2952-2954.
11. Langworthy C. and 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.
12. Wong-Kim E, Sun A, and DeMattos MC. Assessing Cancer Attitude in a Chinese Immigrant Community. Cancer Control. 2003; 10(5): 22-28.
13. 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. doi: 10.1016/S0378-5122(00)00090-6
14. 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.