Michelle Nakphong, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address550 16th Street, #3162
San Francisco CA 94158
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-2632-8007 Additional info
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    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDBA05/2003Public Health, Natural Sciences
    Population Reference Bureau, Washington D.C.Policy Fellowship06/2022Policy Communication
    UCLA, Los AngelesPhD09/2022Community Health Sciences
    UCSF, San FranciscoPostdoctoral ScholarcurrentDivision of Prevention Sciences
    Inclusive Research Mentor Training, UCSF06/2023
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    UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and MolinaCares2022Health Equity Challenge Award
    UCLA Community Health Sciences2022Best Research Project
    UCLA Fielding School of Public Health2021Juneal Marie Smith Fellowship
    UCLA Community Health Sciences2020Best Paper
    Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health2023Inductee

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    I am a social epidemiologist and my research focuses on how social exclusion and inclusive policies impact the health of marginalized populations. Currently, my work focuses on guaranteed income as an inclusive policy as well as immigrant policies, housing, and sexual and reproductive health care. Building on over 2 decades of community-based policy advocacy work, I strive to amplify voices from low-income and minoritized communities.

    My research addresses the core question: Can fostering social inclusion reduce health inequities? I build from a social exclusion framework conceived by Naila Kabeer (2000) and take a structural and policy approach to examining people's lived experiences. I use quantitative and qualitative methods to illuminate the complex mechanisms that underlie health disparities. Ultimately, I aim to influence inclusive policymaking and programs to promote health equity.

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    Evaluating Guaranteed Income as a policy solution for housing instability among low-income Black emerging adults
    UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations Jul 1, 2023 - Jun 30, 2024
    Role: PI
    Increasing financial and health equity among low income black youth and young adults
    NIH U01OD033266Sep 23, 2021 - Aug 31, 2026
    Role: Postdoctoral Scholar
    NICHD 5T32HD007545Oct 1, 2020 - Sep 30, 2021
    Role: Pre-doctoral Trainee

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    1. The "disproportionate costs" of immigrant policy on the health of Latinx and Asian immigrants. Soc Sci Med. 2024 Jun 14; 353:117034. Young MT, Sudhinaraset M, Tafolla S, Nakphong M, Yan Y, Kietzman K. PMID: 38905924.
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    2. Integrating support persons into maternity care and associations with quality of care: a postpartum survey of mothers and support persons in Kenya. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2024 Jun 13; 24(1):425. Nakphong MK, Afulani PA, Beltrán-Sánchez H, Opot J, Sudhinaraset M. PMID: 38872129; PMCID: PMC11170830.
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    3. Person-centered abortion care scale: Validation for medication abortion in the United States. Contraception. 2024 May 14; 110485. Sudhinaraset M, Gipson JD, Nakphong MK, Soun B, Afulani P, Upadhyay U, Patil R. PMID: 38754758.
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    4. The legacy of immigration policies and employment exclusion: Assessing the relationship between employment exclusions and immigrant health. SSM Popul Health. 2024 Jun; 26:101676. Lee KF, Nakphong MK, Young MT. PMID: 38711566; PMCID: PMC11070755.
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    5. Can a quality improvement intervention improve person-centred maternity care in Kenya? Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2023 Dec; 31(1):2175448. Sudhinaraset M, Giessler KM, Nakphong MK, Munson MM, Golub GM, Diamond-Smith NG, Opot J, Green CE. PMID: 36857118; PMCID: PMC9980034.
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    6. A guaranteed income intervention to improve the health and financial well-being of low-income black emerging adults: study protocol for the Black Economic Equity Movement randomized controlled crossover trial. Front Public Health. 2023; 11:1271194. Lippman SA, Libby MK, Nakphong MK, Arons A, Balanoff M, Mocello AR, Arnold EA, Shade SB, Qurashi F, Downing A, Moore A, Dow WH, Lightfoot MA. PMID: 38026401; PMCID: PMC10658785.
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    7. Access to support during childbirth?: women's preferences and experiences of support person integration in a cross-sectional facility-based survey. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2023 Sep 16; 23(1):665. Nakphong MK, Afulani PA, Opot J, Sudhinaraset M. PMID: 37716939; PMCID: PMC10504704.
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    8. Person-centred sexual and reproductive health: A call for standardized measurement. Health Expect. 2023 Aug; 26(4):1384-1390. Afulani PA, Nakphong MK, Sudhinaraset M. PMID: 37232021; PMCID: PMC10349248.
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    9. Maternity Care at the Intersections of Language, Ethnicity, and Immigration Status: A Qualitative Study. Womens Health Issues. 2023 Nov-Dec; 33(6):618-625. Sudhinaraset M, Kolodner RA, Nakphong MK. PMID: 37244759; PMCID: PMC10843860.
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    10. Contemporary Marriage in Cambodia. Journal of Family Issues. 2023. Heuveline, Patrick and Nakphong, Michelle. View Publication.
    11. Contraceptive use and consistency and the role of deferred action for childhood arrivals: A cross-sectional survey of undocumented young adults. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2022 Jun; 32:100725. Sudhinaraset M, Choi HY, Nakphong MK, Woofter R, Brindis CD. PMID: 35533466.
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    12. Social exclusion at the intersections of immigration, employment, and healthcare policy: A qualitative study of Mexican and Chinese immigrants in California. Soc Sci Med. 2022 04; 298:114833. Nakphong MK, De Trinidad Young ME, Morales B, Guzman-Ruiz IY, Chen L, Kietzman KG. PMID: 35247783; PMCID: PMC10949949.
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    13. Can changes to improve person-centred maternity care be spread across public health facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India? Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2021 Dec; 29(1):1-15. Sudhinaraset M, Giessler K, Nakphong MK, Roy KP, Sahu AB, Sharma K, Montagu D, Green C. PMID: 33704027; PMCID: PMC8011686.
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    14. Association between newborn separation, maternal consent and health outcomes: findings from a longitudinal survey in Kenya. BMJ Open. 2021 09 28; 11(9):e045907. Nakphong MK, Sacks E, Opot J, Sudhinaraset M. PMID: 34588231; PMCID: PMC8479975.
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    15. The association between social ties and depression among Asian and Pacific Islander undocumented young adults. BMC Public Health. 2021 05 27; 21(1):994. Ro A, Nakphong MK, Choi HY, Nguyen A, Sudhinaraset M. PMID: 34039334; PMCID: PMC8157637.
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    16. Socio-economic status and the double burden of malnutrition in Cambodia between 2000 and 2014: overweight mothers and stunted children. Public Health Nutr. 2021 05; 24(7):1806-1817. Nakphong MK, Beltrán-Sánchez H. PMID: 33632364; PMCID: PMC8094435.
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    17. Results of a person-centered maternal health quality improvement intervention in Uttar Pradesh, India. PLoS One. 2020; 15(12):e0242909. Montagu D, Giessler K, Nakphong MK, Roy KP, Sahu AB, Sharma K, Green C, Sudhinaraset M. PMID: 33306689; PMCID: PMC7732121.
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    18. A comparison of intensive vs. light-touch quality improvement interventions for maternal health in Uttar Pradesh, India. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Dec 04; 20(1):1121. Montagu D, Giessler K, Nakphong MK, Green C, Roy KP, Sahu AB, Sharma K, Sudhinarset M. PMID: 33276773; PMCID: PMC7716449.
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    19. Intimate partner violence and childhood illnesses in Cambodia: a cross-sectional study. Arch Dis Child. 2020 03; 105(3):223-228. Nakphong MK, von Ehrenstein OS. PMID: 31949033; PMCID: PMC7466953.
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