Awarded the 2007 Nobuo Maeda International Research Award of the American Public Health Association, Emily has published more than 200 international peer-reviewed academic/technical/conference articles and seven of these appeared in The Lancet and Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Her community public health resilience and disaster-health related papers have been used as policy references within the WHO and the Health Emergency Response Office of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission.
Emily has been involved in professional technical public health specialist training programmes of the Hong Kong SAR Government (2011-present), Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) (2013-2015) and the Health Emergency Response Office of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (2013-2015). In addition, through the CCOUC China Ethnic Minority Health Project (EMHP) she established in 2009, her team has outreached almost 6,600 households in 23 remote, disaster-prone, resource-deficit rural settings in China and trained nearly 400 students and scholars from CUHK, HKU, Oxford University and Harvard University. Emily has also established research and training projects in Bhutan and Nepal. Moreover, the international online course “Public Health Principles in Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response” developed by her team to examine the application of public health principles in planning and responding to disaster and humanitarian crises has more than 4,000 students enrolled from six continents since its launch in May 2014.
Emily has extensive experience in serving as frontline emergency relief practitioner in the mid-1990s that spans across 20 countries. She was recognised as Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (Junior Chamber International, 2005), Caring Physicians of the World (World Medical Association, Geneva, 2005), Leader of the Year 2015 (Community Service/Public Affairs/Environment and Conservation; Sing Tao News Corporation, 2016), and National Geographic Chinese Explorer (National Geographic Magazine, since 2016).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Climate change and health
Global and planetary health
Violence and injury epidemiology
Remote and rural health
Implementation and translational science
Health needs and programme impact evaluation
Evidence-based medical and public health interventions in resource deficit settings
Travelling for both work and leisure purposes