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Tufts Public Health

Kimberly Dong Breen

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Associate Director, Online MPH Program
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Kimberly Dong Breen

Kimberly Dong Breen

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Associate Director, Online MPH Program
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Phone 617-636-3659
Campus: Boston

Biography

My research focuses on healthcare access, food insecurity, and dietary quality as determinants of health, particularly with people living with HIV and individuals involved with the criminal legal system. Current projects explore health disparities, causes and consequences of food insecurity, and healthcare access among adults under probation supervision and evaluating the transition of healthcare from jail to community for people with HIV. Additional areas of interest include addressing systems to improve healthcare and food access and nutritional consequences of substance and alcohol use, both domestically and globally.

Education

  • ​DrPH, Tufts University School of Medicine, Public Health and Professional Degree Programs
  • MS, Nutrition, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • RD, Registered Dietitian, Frances Stern Nutrition Center, Tufts Medical Center
  • BS, Nutritional Science, University of California, Berkeley

Research synopsis

Nutrition, healthcare access, HIV, criminal justice

Publications

K Dong, A Must, A Tang, T Stopka, C Beckwith. Food Insecurity, Morbidities, and Substance Use in Adults on Probation in Rhode Island. J Urban Health. 2018 Aug;95(4):564-75. doi: 10.1007/s11524-018-0290-2. PMCID: PMC6095760.

K Dong, A Tang, T Stopka, C Beckwith, A Must. Food acquisition methods and correlates of food insecurity in adults on probation in Rhode Island. PLoS ONE. 2018 June 8;13(6):e0198598. PMCID: PMC5993252

K Dong, A Must, C Beckwith, A Tang, T Stopka. Competing Priorities that Rival Health in Adults on Probation in Rhode Island: Substance Use Recovery, Employment, Housing, and Food Intake. BMC Public Health, 2018:18(1):289. PMCID: PMC5828298

E Smit, C Wanke, K Dong, A Grotheer, S Hansen, S Skinner, A Tang. Frailty, food insecurity, and nutritional status in people living with HIV. J Frailty & Aging, 2015;4(4):191-7. PMID: 26689809

A Tang, H Sheehan, M Jordan, D Duong, K Dong, T Lien, N Trung, C Wanke, N Hien. Predictors of weight change in HIV-positive injection drug users initiating antiretroviral therapy in Hanoi, Vietnam. AIDS Research and Treatment, 2011; PMID: 21776380

A Tang, T Bhatnagar, R Ramachandran, K Dong, S Skinner, MS Kumar, C Wanke. Malnutrition in a population of HIV-positive and HIV-negative drug users living in Chennai, South India. Drug Alcohol Depend 2011;118(1):73-7. PMID: 21420798

M Woods, C Wanke, P Ling, K Hendricks, A Tang, T Knox, C Andersson, K Dong, S Skinner, B Bistrian. Effect of a dietary intervention and n-3 fatty acid supplementation on measures of serum lipid and insulin sensitivity in persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Am J Clin Nutr 2009; 90(6):1566-78. PMID: 19846544; PMCID: PMC2777468.

K Dong, C Wanke, B Ding, A Tang, K Hendricks. Dietary glycemic index of HIV-positive men with and without fat deposition. J Amer Diet Assoc 2006; 106:728-32. PMID: 16647332

K Dong and K Hendricks. The role of nutrition in fat deposition and fat atrophy in patients with HIV. Nutr Clin Care 2005; 8(1): 31-6. PMID: 15850232