Deputy Project Director of the Health Advocacy Project, North Carolina Justice Center
Hyun Namkoong is the Deputy Project Director of the Health Advocacy Project. Prior to joining HAP in July 2018, Hyun worked on reducing harms from mass incarceration, injection drug use, and opioid overdoses through direct service provision, media, and policy advocacy and coordinating key stakeholders. Hyun has worked on several policy initiatives including promoting second chances at employment for formerly incarcerated people, expanding legal protections to encourage people to call 911 during an opioid overdose, and legalizing access to sterile syringes to prevent infectious diseases.
Hyun worked as a health journalist for N.C. Health News and believes in the importance of meaningful storytelling through multimedia platforms to reach diverse audiences. Hyun holds advanced degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm in Public Health and Global Health.