Chelsea Gao

Ms Chelsea Hui Juan Gao

Graduate Researcher
Institution: University of British Columbia
Current Insitution Location: Canada

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Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
I became interested in migration health research and practice through both personal and relevant research experiences. As part of my master’s program in population and public health at UBC, I carried out a research project looking at multi-level determinants influencing oral health care practices of children from Chinese immigrant families living in Vancouver and Richmond (British Columbia, Canada). I interviewed local health and community service providers and immigrant parents to learn about immigration as a determining process influencing many aspects of families’ lives and well-being, oral health included, and became interested in exploring further in the field of migration health research and practice.

I came to know MHADRI through the first World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health (MERH) and was excited to join this global network of like-minded researchers and practitioners aspiring to improve health and well-being for people influenced by migration. As an early career researcher, I hope to be a part of the effort to bring together more early career professionals interested in migration health to contribute to the realization of visions and values of MHADRI in bettering health and well-being of people whose lives are shaped in some ways through global migration.

My specific research interests include but are not limited to: migration and child health; migration as a social determinant of health; settlement and integration in host country following migration; international comparisons in health outcomes of migrants.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
International/Cross-Border Migration
International students (Children, Adolescents, Adults)
Resident visa holders (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Adolescent health
Community participation in health
Evidence-based reviews
Health care financing
Health communication
Health diplomacy/ international relations
Health economics
Health metrics
Health policy
Health promotion/ Health education
Health systems research
Human resources for health
Maternal and child health
Non-communicable diseases (NCD)
Public Health
Research ethics

Relevant Projects

Title Year Published Region/Country Role in the Project Main Outcome Link to Study Reports and publications
Factors Influencing the Oral Health Practices of Chinese Immigrant Parents for Their Young Children (ages 0-6) in Vancouver and Richmond, BC: Parents’ and Community Service Providers’ Perspectives 2015 Asia and the PacificChina
Central and North America and the CaribbeanCanada
Co-Investigator Identification of key multi-level factors influencing oral health practices adopted by immigrant families for young children & recommendations for further support needed from all levels of governments to facilitate existing effort by various community/health service agencies and providers to help families achieve optimal oral health outcomes for young children

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
Social determinants in dental health of young Chinese immigrant children in British Columbia, Canada Gao, H.J., Poon, B., Harrison, R., Mathu-Muju, K. 2017
Immigration and dental health care-lessons learned from new Chinese immigrant families with young children (ages 0-6) in British Columbia, Canada Gao, H.J., Poon, B., Harrison, R., Mathu-Muju, K. 2018
Differences in maternal smoking across successive pregnancies - dose-dependent relation to BMI z-score in the offspring: an individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis Albers, L., von Kries, R., Sobotzki, C., Gao, H.J., Buka, S.L., Clifton, V.L., Grzeskowiak, L.E., Oken, E., Paus, T., Pausova, Z., Rifas-Shiman, S.L., Sharma, A.J., Gilman, S.E. 2018