Mai Do

Assistant Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University

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Do’s areas of interest are evaluation research in issues related to the provision of reproductive health and family planning services in developing countries and its impact at the provider and population levels. A significant part of her interest is access to health care and cultural barriers, including stigma, to accessing health care among the Vietnamese immigrants.


"Perceptions of Mental Illness and Stigma among Vietnamese Populations: Findings from a Mixed Method Study" (with Nhu-Ngoc Pham, Stacy Wallick, and Bonnie Nastasi). Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 16, no. 6 (2014): 1294-1298.
Discusses how mental illness is perceived and the prevalence of stigma while making comparisons between Vietnamese immigrants in New Orleans and Vietnamese nationals who never left the country.
"Predictors of Cervical Cancer Screening among Vietnamese American Women" Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 17, no. 3 (2013): 756-794.
Describes what makes Vietnamese American women more or less likely to obtain cervical cancer screening and proposes strategies to promote preventive health care among this population.
"Relationships between Maternal Health Care and Post-partum Modern Contraceptive Use: Evidence from Population Surveys in Kenya and Zambia" (with David Hotchkiss). BMC Health Services Research 13, no. 1 (2013): 6.
Highlights the importance of family planning counseling during maternal health care, particularly antenatal care, to promote modern contraceptive use among mothers in developing countries.
"Women's Empowerment and Choice of Contraceptive Methods in Selected African Countries" (with Nami Kurimoto). International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 38, no. 1 (2012): 23-33.
Argues that intervention programs aimed at increasing contraceptive use may need to involve different approaches, including promoting couples’ discussion of fertility preferences and family planning, improving women’s self-efficacy in negotiating sexual activity and increasing their economic independence.
"Evacuation and Return of Vietnamese New Orleanians Affected by Hurricane Katrina" (with Lung Vu, Mark J. VanLandingham, Carl L. Bankston, and III). Organization and Environment 22, no. 4 (2009): 422-436.
Argues that returnees were more likely than those yet to return to have been employed before the storm, to have worked in the skilled sector of the economy, to have been married, and to have owned a home.
"Disparities in Health Care among Vietnamese New Orleanians and the Impacts of Hurricane Katrina" (with Paul Hutchinson, Kathryn Mai, and Mark VanLandingham). Research in the Sociology of Health Care 27 (2009): 301-319.
Examines the use of routine health care and disparities by socio-economic status among Vietnamese New Orleanians. Assesses how these differences may have changed as the result of Hurricane Katrina. Argues that the reduction in disparities was not due to improved health care services or improved health care practice, but likely due to the influx of free health care services.