Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System


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Irene Yen, PhD, MPH
Division: Internal Medicine
Research Director

Undergraduate School:

Stanford University

Graduate School:

University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health


University of California at Berkeley

Recent Publications:

Conroy SM, Shariff-Marco S, Koo J, Yang J, Keegan THM, Sangaramoorthy M, Hertz A, Nelson DO, Cockburn M, Satariano WA, Yen IH, Ponce NA, Winkleby M, John EM, Lin Gomez S. Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Impact of Neighborhood Social and Built Environment on Breast Cancer Risk: The Neighborhoods and Breast Cancer Study. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 2017 26(4): 541-552.

Fleming MD, Shim JK, Yen I, Thompson-Lastad A, Rubin S, Van Natta M, Burke NJ.  "Patient Engagement at the Margins: How Health Care Providers Assess Patient Participation in Care in the Safety-net" Social Science and Medicine, 2017; 183:11-18.

Chitewere T, Shim JK, Barker JC, Yen IH. How Neighborhoods Influence Health: Lessons to be learned from the application of political ecology" Health and Place, 2017; 45:117-123.

Napoles T, Burke NJ, Shim JK, Davis E, Moskowitz D, Yen IH. Assessing patient activation among high-need, high-cost patients in urban safety net care settings. J of Urban Health 2017; June epub..

Thompson-Lastad, A. Yen IH, Fleming M, Van Natta M, Rubin S, Shim JK, Burke NJ. Defining Trauma in Complex Care Management:  Safety-Net Providers’ Perspectives on Structural Vulnerability and Time. Soc Sci Med 2017;186: 104-112.

Van Natta M, Burke NJ, Rubin S, Fleming M, Thompson-Lastad A, Yen IH, Shim JK. Complex Care and Contradictions of Choice in the Safety Net. Sociology of Health and Illness, in press.

Thompson-Lastad, A. Yen IH, Fleming M, Van Natta M, Rubin S, Shim JK, Burke NJ. Response to Commentary, "Trauma and the structuring of complex care: Back to the settlements?" by Elizabeth Bowen. Soc Sci Med, in press.

Deierlein AL, Galvez MP, Yen IH, Pinney SM, Biro FM, Kushi LH, Teitelbaum S, Wolff MS.  Local food environments are associated with girls' energy, sugar-sweetened beverage, and snack food intakes, Public Health Nutrition, 2014 May 12:1-7.

Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, John EM, Sangaramoorthy M, Hertz A, Koo J, Nelson DO, Schupp CW, Shema SJ, Cockburn M, Satariano WA, Yen IH, Ponce NA, Winkleby M, Keegan THM, Gomez SL. Impact of neighborhood and individual socioeconomic status on survival after breast cancer varies by race/ethnicity: The Neighborhood and Breast Cancer Study. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 2014; 23(5):793-811.

Yen IH, Fandel Flood J, Thompson H, Anderson LA, Wong G. How design of places promotes or inhibits mobility of older adults: Realist synthesis of 20 years of research. J Aging and Health, 2014, in press.

Anderson LA, Slonim A, Yen IH, Jones DL, Allen P, Hunter RH, Goins RT, Leith KH, Rosenberg D, Satariano W. Developing a Framework and Priorities to Promote Mobility among Older Adults. Health Education and Behavior, 2014, in press.

Yen IH, Leung CW, Lan M, Sarrefzadeh M, Kayekjian KC, Duru OK. A pilot study using global positioning systems (GPS) devices and surveys to ascertain older adults’ travel patterns. J Applied Gerontology 2013, April.

Yen IH, Gregorich S, Cohen A, Stewart A. A Community cohort study about childhood social and economic circumstances: racial/ethnic differences and associations with adult educational attainment and health of older adults. BMJ Open, April 2013.

Kersten E, Laraia B, Kelly M, Adler N, Yen IH. Do small food stores provide access to nutritious foods? Comparing database and store visit measures of the community nutrition environment. Preventing Chronic Disease, 2012, 9:E127. [Note: 2012 Preventing Chronic Disease Student Prize Paper]