The University of Texas at Austin and the School of Nursing are pleased to welcome renowned nurse scholar and educator Miyong Kim, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., to its ranks. Dr. Kim has been named professor of nursing and associate vice president for Community Health Engagement.
As an internationally respected translational researcher, Dr. Kim uses community-based participatory research to reduce health disparities among traditionally underserved ethnic minority populations. Her research focuses on the key areas of hypertension and diabetes control, cancer prevention and mental health and has been continuously funded for the last 23 years, primarily by the National Institutes of Health.
Prior to coming to UT Austin, Dr. Kim served as director of the Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Health of Vulnerable Populations at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing where she and her team developed several initiatives to significantly reduce cardiovascular health disparities. The local and global impact of her research and scholarship has changed the research methods of those working in the field of cardiovascular prevention science in vulnerable populations.
In addition, Dr. Kim has been appointed to the La Quinta Professorship in Nursing. The professorship was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on August 13, 1982, to benefit The University of Texas School of Nursing.
“This is such a surreal and humbling experience for me,” Dr. Kim said. “I have been keenly aware of the privileges and responsibilities that come with making my new intellectual home at UT Austin — the home of LBJ and Barbara Jordan, incredible thought leaders and people’s advocates who rose to the challenges of their generation and made America a significantly better place to live.
“I am so excited to join my colleagues at UT Austin who continue the tradition of constantly trying to find the best solutions to the most complicated human rights issue that we face in our generation: achieving health equity for all.
“I will do everything I can to assist this worthwhile effort through working with colleagues at UT and engaging community leaders and residents.”