Dr. Sy’s research and scholarly work focuses on addressing health disparities among underrepresented Asian and Pacific Islander communities. She serves as the Research Director of the NIH National Cancer Institute funded Asian American Network of Cancer Awareness, Research and Training-Hawaii randomized clinical trial to promote colorectal cancer screening among Filipinos. Dr. Sy is the Community Engagement Core Coordinator of the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities funded Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network. The RCMI Translational Research Network is a national consortium of basic, behavioral, clinical and translational researchers in the 18 RCMI Centers, working in collaboration with investigators from other academic health centers, community health providers, and the public to focus their collective efforts on addressing health disparities.
Dr. Sy evaluates health promotion interventions with a focus on programs to promote positive health outcomes for youth and adolescents including the Hawai`i Children’s Trust Fund One Strong `Ohana statewide campaign to prevent child abuse and neglect in Hawai`i. She also serves as the Principal Investigator of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawai`i REAL program to prevent smoking among youth in Hawai`i through anti-tobacco advocacy.
Dr. Sy teaches public health courses-- Qualitative Research Methods, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Introduction to Epidemiology and has also taught Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation, and Community Based Participatory Research. She serves on masters student and doctoral dissertation committees. Dr. Sy serves as a faculty research mentor with the UH McNair Scholar’s program to increase the representation of underrepresented minorities in the biomedical science research.
Dr. Sy is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Public Health Association, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus and is the past Vice President of the Hawai`i Public Health Association.
B.S. Santa Clara University; Santa Clara, California, Major area: Combined Sciences, Minor: Sociology
M.P.H. University of Hawai`i at Manoa; Honolulu, Hawai`i, Major area: Public Health - Health Services Administration and Planning
Dr.P.H. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Major area: Public Health - Health Behavior and Health Education
Community based participatory research, health disparities, youth health promotion, cancer prevention among Filipinos and other Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, translational research, program evaluation
Sy, A, Cuaresma, C, Braun, KL, Duquez, E, Young, DM. An Academic-Community Partnership to Explore High Smoking Prevalence in Filipina Girls. California Journal of Health Promotion 2013;11(1):1-14
Sy, A, Heckert, K, Jamison, C, Maskarinec, GG, Lim, A, Buenconsejo-Lum, L. Pacific CEED Legacy Projects and Local Projects: Culturally Tailored Promising Practices to Prevent Breast and Cervical Cancer in the US Affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions. In Caron, RM, Merrick, J (Eds) Building Community Capacity: Skills and Principles. New York: Nova Science, 2012
Sy, A, Heckert, K, Jamison, C, Maskarinec, GG, Lim, A, Buenconsejo-Lum, L. Pacific CEED Legacy Projects and Local Projects: Culturally Tailored Promising Practices to Prevent Breast and Cervical Cancer in the US Affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions. International Journal of Public Health 2013;5(3):00-00.
Sy, A, Heckert, K, Jamison, C, Maskarinec, GG, Lim, A, Buenconsejo-Lum, L. Pacific CEED Legacy Projects and Local Projects: Culturally Tailored Promising Practices to Prevent Breast and Cervical Cancer in the US Affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions. In Merrick, J (Ed) Public Health Yearbok 2013. New York: Nova Science, 2013.
Nigg, C R, Qureshi, K, Inouye, J, Sy, A, Sullivan, K, Boland, MG, Burns, JA. Evaluation of an emerging research center: Lessons learned. International Journal of Research in Nursing, 2012; 3(1), 1-7.
Sy, A, Heckert, K, Buenconsejo-Lum, L, Hedson, J, Tamang, S, Palafox, N. An Evaluation of the Pacific Regional Cancer Coalition: Outcomes and Implications of a Coalition to Address Cancer Disparities in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands. Hawaii Medical Journal 2011; 70(11): 47-53.
Sy, A, Greaney, M, Nigg C, Hirose-Wong, S. Developing a Measure of Hawaiian Cultural Values: Hui Malama o ke Kai Youth Wellness Program. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health 2011; DOI: 10.1177/1010539511427760.
Hishinuma, ES, Chang, JY, Sy, A, Greaney, MF, Morris, KA, Scronce, AC, Rehuher, D, Nishimura, ST. Hui Malam o ke Kai: A Positive Prevention Based Youth Development Program Based on Native Hawaiian Values and Activities. Journal of Community Psychology 2009; 37(8): 987-1007.
Sy, A., Glanz, K. Factors Influencing Teachers' Implementation of an Innovative Tobacco Prevention Curriculum for Multiethnic Youth: Project SPLASH. Journal of School Health 2008; 78(5): 264-273.
Cardozone, G, Sy, A, Chik, I, Corley, LK. Mapping One Strong ‘Ohana: Using network analysis and GIS to enhance the effectiveness of a statewide coalition to prevent child abuse and neglect. American Journal of Community Psychology In press.