Young-Rock Hong is an assistant professor in the Health Services Research, Management and Policy program in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. Young-Rock is a health services researcher and medical sociologist, studying the social contexts of medical practice and interactions of care providers and patients across the continuum of collaborative care. His work focuses on reducing healthcare disparities and inequalities while maintaining a standardized quality of care. To achieve this goal, he aims to understand the social and cultural factors in an effective patient-provider relationship and their trust-building; to examine health consequences of interactions in care delivery, and to develop and evaluate patient-centered care interventions.
Areas of Expertise (9)
Scoial Determinants of Health
Preventive Care Services
Population Health Assessment
The Association of Subjective Social Status with Adverse Childhood Experiences and Socioeconomic Status Among Hispanic AdolescentsJournal of Adolescent Health
Arjun Deven, et al.
Subjective Social Status (SSS), or one’s self-perceived rank on the social ladder, is a strong contributor to adolescent health and psychosocial wellbeing. Among adolescents, low SSS has been associated with increased risk for obesity, depression, and future substance use. SSS is often assessed in the context of one’s community or society, and is paired with traditional measures of socioeconomic status (SES) to capture objective status and subjective perceptions regarding one’s trajectory and opportunities in life. However, little is known about the determinants of SSS, particularly the influence of childhood adversity. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have lasting effects on physical and mental health in youth, and include experiences of abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. This study examines the association of society/community SSS with ACEs and SES measures of household income, parental education, and food insecurity.
Health Insurance Literacy in Head and Neck Cancer PatientsInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology
K. Patel, et al.
Cancer is the second most costly medical condition in the U.S., putting many patients at risk for financial hardship. Cancer patients spend more on healthcare, have greater productivity losses, and are more likely to declare bankruptcy than people without cancer. Financial hardship has devastating consequences for cancer patients including lower quality of life, treatment delay or discontinuation, and increased mortality. Understanding what types of services are covered and how to select an insurance plan may be beneficial for cancer patients and help reduce financial hardship. The purpose of this study was to assess health insurance literacy in patients with head and neck cancer.
De-implementing low-value care in cancer care delivery: a systematic reviewImplementation Science
Amir Alishahi Tabriz, et al.
Accumulating evidence suggests that interventions to de-implement low-value services are urgently needed. While medical societies and educational campaigns such as Choosing Wisely have developed several guidelines and recommendations pertaining to low-value care, little is known about interventions that exist to de-implement low-value care in oncology settings.