Jeanine Yonshiro, a graduate of USC in Biological Sciences and Gerontology, Jeanine Yonashiro-Cho returned to USC to begin her doctoral studies in Fall 2013. Her research interests focus on improving and preserving the health and well-being of older adults with a particular focus on reducing health disparities and protecting vulnerable elders.

Before returning to California, Jeanine served as the State of Hawaii’s Planner for Aging Services where she worked to strengthen Hawaii’s aging services infrastructure and development of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs for older adults. Through this assignment, she became interested in researching the ways health and social service networks can be used to inform public policy, pilot interventions, and disseminate evidence-based services and supports.

Jeanine is currently studying the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center, an evidence-based interdisciplinary intervention that has been demonstrated to improve victim outcomes and build system capacity for further collaboration and intervention.