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Emily Hallgren

PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Chapter Fellow, Chicagoland SSN

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Hallgren's research focuses on the intersections of health, gender, work and space/place. Overarching themes in Hallgren's writings include how illness intersects with work, social class, gender, and race, and how health outcomes and health-related work and financial outcomes vary by degree of urbanization. Hallgren serves as a Chapter Fellow for the Scholars Strategy Network.


"Racial Disparities in Eligibility for Low-Dose Computed Tomography Lung Cancer Screening among Older Adults with a History of Smoking" (with Chien-Ching Li, Alicia K. Matthews, Mantle M. Rywant, and Raj C. Shah). Cancer Causes and Control 30, no. 3 (March 2019): 235-240.

ExamineS whether current lung cancer screening guidelines may disproportionately exclude African American smokers who are at higher overall risk for lung cancer.

"The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: A Study to Evaluate Compliance With Inclusion and Assessment of Women and Minorities in Randomized Controlled Trials" (with Stacie E. Geller, Abigail R. Koch, Pamela Roesch, Amarette Filut, and Molly Carnes). Academic Medicine 93, no. 4 (April 2018): 630-635.

Notes the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Revitalization Act of 1993 requires NIH-funded clinical trials to include women and minorities as participants and assess outcomes by sex and race or ethnicity. Investigates current levels of compliance with these guidelines for inclusion, analysis, and reporting in NIH-funded randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and compare the results with those from 2009 and 2004.

"Health Beliefs of Marshallese Regarding Type 2 Diabetes" (with Pearl Anna McElfish, L. Jean Henry, Mandy Ritok, Jellesen Rubon-Chutaro, and Peter Kohler). American Journal of Health Behavior 40, no. 2 (March 2016): 248-257.

Notes the Marshallese population suffers from disproportionate rates of type 2 diabetes. Identifies the underlying beliefs and perceptions that affect diabetes self-management behavior in the US Marshallese population living in Arkansas.

"Effect of US Health Policies on Health Care Access for Marshallese Migrants" (with Pearl Anna McElfish and Seiji Yamada). American Journal of Public Health 105, no. 4 (April 2015): 637-643.

Presents an overview of health policies limiting health care access for Marshallese persons living in the United States. Discusses the historical and current relationship between the United States and the Marshallese people living in both the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the United States. Offers policy recommendations to improve health care access and reduce health inequalities for Marshallese persons living in the United States.

"Barriers and Opportunities: A Community-Based Participatory Research Study of Health Beliefs Related to Diabetes in a US Marshallese Community" (with Pearl Anna McElfish and Jelleson Rubon-Chutaro). The Diabetes Educator 41, no. 1 (Feburary 2015): 86-94.

Investigates the beliefs and perceptions related to type 2 diabetes that influence diabetes self-management behaviors for Marshallese in the United States. Uses the health belief model as a theoretical framework. Seeks to better understand the underlying beliefs that motivate or impede diabetes self-management behaviors.