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Linda K. Ko

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Associate Professor, Health Services
Adjunct Associate Professor, Family Medicine


PhD   University of North Carolina, 2008   (Health Education, Health Behavior)
MPH   Boston University, 2000   (Epidemiology)
MS   University of Texas, 1999   (Biological Sciences)
BS   University of Texas, 1994   (Biological Sciences)

Contact Info


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N. M3-B232
Seattle, WA 98109-1024

voice:   206-667-7182
fax:   206-667-5977


Linda K. Ko is also a researcher at the Department of Cancer Prevention at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She has a strong interest in developing linguistic and cultural adaptation of health communication interventions for disadvantaged racial/ethnic population using new technology. She has extensive experience using formative and participatory research strategies for the development of health communication interventions for Latino population.

Health communication interventions using new media; decision making in cancer screening; mediators and moderators of behavior change; cancer prevention and control; obesity prevention; health literacy and health disparity; aging and social support
  • HSERV 507
    Health Communication and Marketing for Health Promotion: Theory and Practice
  • HSERV 517
    Qualitative Research Methods: An Introduction

Leeman J, Askelson N, Ko LK, Rohweder CL, Avelis J, Best A, Friedman D, Glanz K, Seegmiller L, Stradtman L, Vanderpool RC. Understanding the processes that Federally Qualified Health Centers use to select and implement colorectal cancer screening interventions: a qualitative study. Transl Behav Med. 2019 Feb 22. pii: ibz023. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibz023. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30794725

Ko LK, Taylor VM, Mohamed FB, Do HH, Gebeyaw FA, Ibrahim A, Ali AA, Winer RL. "We brought our culture here with us": A qualitative study of perceptions of HPV vaccine and vaccine uptake among East African immigrant mothers. Papillomavirus Res. 2018 Dec 27;7:21-25. doi: 10.1016/j.pvr.2018.12.003. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30594650    PMCID: PMC6319298
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Adams SA, Rohweder CL, Leeman J, Friedman DB, Gizlice Z, Vanderpool RC, Askelson N, Best A, Flocke SA, Glanz K, Ko LK, Kegler M. Use of Evidence-Based Interventions and Implementation Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Federally Qualified Health Centers. J Community Health. 2018 May 16. doi: 10.1007/s10900-018-0520-2. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29770945    PMCID: PMC6239992
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Alber JM, Brewer NT, Melvin C, Yackle A, Smith JS, Ko LK, Crawford A, Glanz K. Reducing overuse of cervical cancer screening: A systematic review. Prev Med. 2018 Nov;116:51-59. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.027. Epub 2018 Aug 24. Review.  PMID: 30149037

Ko LK, Enzler C, Perry CK, Rodriguez E, Mariscal N, Linde S, Duggan C. Food availability and food access in rural agricultural communities: use of mixed methods. BMC Public Health. 2018 May 16;18(1):634. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5547-x.  PMID: 29769045    PMCID: PMC5956971
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Chair, thesis committee for Emily Brown
Impact of a community-wide multi-level obesity prevention intervention for children in rural communities

Chair, capstone for Noelia Flores
King County public housing: Perceptions, policies, and problems facing the Latino community

Member, thesis committee for Brendan Lo
Applying a patient-provider communication framework to assess cardiac arrest calls between 911 telecommunicators and limited English proficient (LEP) callers

Member, thesis committee for Kathleen Salisbury
Medical provider perceptions of breastfeeding women who use recreational marijuana

A Multi-Media Colorectal Cancer Intervention for Latinos

The overall goal of this study is to develop, test, and evaluate a cultural and linguistic adaptation of an existing English language colorectal cancer screening decision aid for limited English proficient Latinos.

Information Processing of Health Communication Intervention

The overall goal is to assess how health communication interventions are processed by Latinos and how information processing leads to behavior change.