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Dr. Connie Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, PCCN

Assistant Professor

Washington State University College of Nursing – Vancouver

Department: Nursing
ROOM: 210Q
PHONE: (360) 546-9395
Dr. Connie Nguyen-Truong is a community-based participatory research methodologist. Being an Asian American, Vietnamese bilingual, and bicultural, she is committed to excellence in the approach to conducting research with community partners to reduce health disparities and to improve the health of Asian Americans. She has specific training and expertise in community-based participatory research, cross cultural translation, instrument development, survey research, and qualitative research. Dr. Nguyen-Truong’s dissertation research was on a rigorous combined translation team and community-based participatory research approaches, and a five-stage instrument development, to measure cervical cancer screening factors among Vietnamese women. In addition, she has examined potential influencing factors with Pap testing practices. Dr. Nguyen-Truong’s postdoctoral research sought to understand the extent of symptom perception and preventive care-seeking among Vietnamese women and their impact on cervical cancer screening from the perspectives of  health care providers.  She collaborated with community members to dismantle power structures that constrained opportunities for community involvement by co-developing an innovative education and training curricula, which incorporated using music and arts, based on principles of popular education, where all developed their learning goals and activities to inform their study roles.  She has demonstrated prolonged engagement with the Vietnamese community since 2006 as a volunteer nurse clinician and a collaborator at several health outreach events and leadership advisory roles at community-based organizations. Her involvement with the Vietnamese community helped her to gain trust, to understand health priorities, and to continue to find ways to access hard to reach areas.
  • Postdoctoral, Community Leadership, Statewide Collective Movement on Equity, Empowerment, and Public Advocacy to Respond to Pervasive Racial/Ethnic Inequities, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Asian Family Center in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Postdoctoral, Research in Individual and Family Symptom Management, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, Portland, OR
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing Research in Cancer Health Disparities, and a Minor in Education, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, Portland, OR
  • Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing, Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing, Portland, ORo

Asian Americans, Vietnamese, immigrants, refugees, communities of color, women’s health, cancer control and reducing cancer screening health disparities, health promotion and disease prevention, empowered community-based organization health partnerships, cultural diversity and inclusivity


Population focused, public/community health, cultural, intermediate care, medical-surgical acute care, health disparities, health promotion, community-based participatory research, instrument development, cross cultural translation, survey research, qualitative research, social justice and collective empowerment

  • Member, healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington, 2016 – Present
  • Manuscript Peer Reviewer, Ethnicity and Health, 2016
  • Member, Faculty Search Committee, Washington State University College of Nursing, 2016 – Present
  • Member, Graduate Curriculum Committee, Washington State University College of Nursing 2016 – Present
  • Member, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, 2016 – Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization, 2016 – Present
  • Member, Student Success Collaborative Initiative Workgroup, Registered Nurse to BSN Program, Washington State University College of Nursing, 2015 – Present
  • Member, Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association, 2015 – Present
  • Steering Committee Member, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute, 2013 – Present
  • Co-Chair (2015-Present), Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization/Asian Family Center Advisory Board, 2012 – Present
  • Member, Oncology Nursing Society, 2012 – Present
  • Nursing Research in Health Disparities Representative, Oregon Data Equity Coalition on House Bill 2134, improved data collection on race, ethnicity, language, and disability status in health and human services; passed into law on May 2013, 2012-2013
  • Grant Peer Reviewer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate, 2012
  • Manuscript Peer Reviewer, Journal of Women and Health, 2012
  • Manuscript Peer Reviewer, Research in Nursing & Health, rating ‘excellent, thorough’, 2012
  • Manuscript Peer Reviewer, Women & Health journal 2011
  • Manuscript Peer Reviewer, European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2011
  • Vietnamese Community Reviewer, “The Asian & Pacific Islander Communities in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile”, Coalition of Communities of Color & Portland State University, 2011
  • Member, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, 2009 – Present
  • Member, Western Institute of Nursing, 2009 – Present. Poster Judge (2010-2011)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 1999 – Present.  Mentor (2007-2009); Vice President (2004-2007); Programs Committee Chair (2004-2007); Heritage Committee Chair (2002-2007); Nomination and Membership Committee Chair (2001-2002)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Board of Directors, 2016
  • Care Champion Honor, 110% Extraordinary compassionate nursing care. Legacy Health, 2016
  • Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Congress Scholarship, Training Grant, 2016
  • Washington State University Vancouver Mentee. External Mentoring Program. Office of Research and Graduate Education, 2015
  • Billi Odegaard Public Health Genius Award for Exceptional Group: Oregon Health Equity Alliance. Oregon Public Health Institute. Recognized as most successful legislative session to advance the goals of reducing health disparities in Oregon, 2013
  • Safety Net Champion Award. Coalition of Community Health Clinics. Oregon Health Equity Alliance recognized for health equity advocacy and broad community engagement work, 2013
  • Oregon Health & Science University President’s Diversity & Inclusion Award for Outstanding Alumna, 2013
  • Outstanding Post Doctoral Scholar Award. Oregon Health & Science University, Research Employee Appreciation Awards, 2013
  • DAISY Nurse Nomination Award, extraordinary nurse. Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, 2013
  • Recognition of Appreciation for Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center ‘Catch a Star’, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013
  • The Community Service Award. Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing, 2011
  • First Place Oral Research Presentation, Oregon Health & Science University, Student Research Forum, 2011
  • Carol A. Lindeman Award for a New Researcher, paper entitled, “Translation Team Approach: Psychometrics of a Vietnamese Pap Testing Survey”. Western Institute of Nursing, 2011
  • Legacy Health Nursing Excellence Award. Exemplified clinical excellence, 2010, 2011
  • Educator Award Certificate of Recognition. Oregon Health & Science University, 2009
  • Community Outreach & Clinical Service Award Certificate of Recognition. Oregon Health & Science University, 2008, 2009
  • First Place Oral Research Presentation, Oregon Health & Science University, Student Research Forum, 2009
  • Oregon Public Health Association Conference Outstanding Poster Award, 2008
  • Educator Award. Oregon Health & Science University, 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation. Volunteerism, Oregon Vietnamese Community Health Education & Prevention Forum, Cancer Screening. Oregon Health & Science University, Center for Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, 2007
  • Key Feature Vice President of Sigma Theta Tau Xi Mu Chapter Member Recognition, 2006
  • Sigma Theta Tau Xi Mu Chapter Travel Award to attend 17th Research Congress in Canada, 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Raising Significant Monetary Contributions, Rose Haven, a community and intervention center for women. Sigma Theta Tau Xi Mu Chapter, 2005
  • Invited and Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 1999

Community and Public Health

Early Care for Health: Vietnamese Women’s Breast Health Program

Vietnamese Women’s Breast and Cervical Health Project