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Janet Chu

I graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology.  I am currently between my third and fourth years of medical school at UCSF, and I am pursuing a MPH at UC Berkeley.  My research interests include disparities in health care access and outcomes, especially among the Vietnamese population. In the future, I hope to practice medicine with an awareness of the social determinants of health in order to improve the health of underserved and underrepresented communities. 

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Fiona Ng

In 2013, I graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior (NPB). Growing up in San Francisco as a first generation Chinese American and serving as a patient advocate/interpreter at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic (UC Davis) helped shape my passion in advocating for & addressing health disparities among Asian American communities. Currently, I am a first year medical student at UCSF. I am also a student with PRIME-US, a program tailored to medical students who are interested in working with underserved communities in urban settings. Being a part of APAMSA and the Asian Health Caucus at UCSF have helped me stay connected with others who are also interested in AAPI advocacy. Through working with ARCH, I hope to gain a better understanding of health disparities facing Asian Americans. Moreover, I am really interested in how I can use research to highlight and address some of these issues as a future health provider.

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Isabel Nguyen

I am about to enter my second year as an undergraduate at UCI. Currently, I am volunteering for the Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project at UCSF. When I am not typing away on my PC, I like to read, draw, daydream, and take long walks at night.

Former Interns:

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Emiliy Chan

I graduated from UCLA with a degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology in 2015. During my time there, I volunteered in underserved Asian American populations and learned about the different health disparities affecting these communities. I am interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and I hope to use my past experiences to practice culturally competent medicine and tackle barriers that prevent Asian Americans and other minorities from seeking quality healthcare.  

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Duc Giao

I am currently an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley pursuing a BA degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I aim to help underserved communities, particularly Asian American populations, through community outreach, interventions, and promoting health awareness. My research interests include studying Hepatitis B & C, various cancers, and tobacco cessation. In the future, I hope to practice medicine and focus on bridging the health disparity for underprivileged communities that are unable to afford medical treatment.

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ViVan Nguyen

I am currently a senior at Notre Dame High School in San Jose. I have worked as an intern for the Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH)  for the past three years. Throughout that time, I have contributed to building the ARCH website and assisted in additional projects in the department. My experience as an intern has played a fundamental role in developing my knowledge of the workforce.

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Hallen Pham

I graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Human Biology, and I am currently a first year medical student at UCSF. Previously, I have had the opportunity to work with the Vietnamese population in healthcare. These experiences include free health clinics in Orange County and a primary care physician office in San Jose. I hope to gain new insights on health disparities among Asian Americans, as I would like to apply what I learn into serving this population in the future.

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Mimi Tran

I graduated from UCLA and will be applying for medical school next year. I am interested gaining research experience and learning more about health disparities within Asian American communities. I hope to utilize the knowledge I gain from this experience to give back to underserved communities.

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Filmer Yu

I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a B.S. in Immunology. I am currently in a Masters in Public Health program at SF State. My interests in public health lay in health education and community health, specifically Chinese American health. I am currently working with Dr. Tung Nguyen on various lay health worker projects as a part of the Minority Training in Cancer Control Research program.

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Matthew Jeong

I graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Biochemistry. I've previously worked on basic research studying pancreatic and breast cancer, but have always been interested in issues like community health. I am now focused on learning more about health issues affecting Asian American communities, and further prepare myself for a career in medicine.

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Vivian Le-Tran

I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a B.A. in Integrative Biology and Public Health. I first developed my interest in Asian American health disparities while working with Hep B Project, a student group at UC Berkeley that provides free hepatitis B services, such as screenings, vaccinations, and education to Alameda county. I am currently working in San Francisco and volunteering as an intern for the Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project. I hope to pursue a career in Medicine and excited to learn more about Asian American health here as an intern.

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Irene Ly

I graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with degrees in psychology and cultural anthropology. I am interested in studying the implementation and evaluation of community-based health promotion. Ultimately, I hope to apply this knowledge to a future in public health and primary care.  

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Minh Nguyen

I am a senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. I have worked as an intern for the Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH) for three summers. My tasks include data entry and analysis, managing and updating the ARCH website, and assisting in various other projects conducted by ARCH. I have previously worked as an intern for the California Academy of Sciences.

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Michael Thanh Sharp

I graduated from UC Berkeley graduate (class of 2015) with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health. Growing up in a Southeast Asian community and a Vietnamese family that immigrated to California in 1982 after the war, I saw many members in the community struggle with health issues and face serious barriers to accessing quality care. Through community and clinical based research, I hope to help find solutions to improve health care quality and access to immigrant and other underserved communities and reduce health disparities. I also hope to find effective prevention, screening and intervention methods for various forms of cancer and hepatitis. Through gaining more experience in the community and in research I hope to better prepare myself for a career in medicine and one day become a physician for the community.

Kristine Phung

I graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology. Currently, I am applying to Medical School and working as a research intern for the Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project. My research focuses on the association between physical activity engagement and the intention to quit smoking among Vietnamese male smokers.

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