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Dr. Connie Nguyen-Truong's Research Site

Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, Alumnus PCCN

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing in Vancouver
Faculty Affiliate Assistant Professor in Research, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
OFFICE PHONE: 360-546-9395 (forwards to cell phone)
BUILDING: VLIB 210Q
LOCATION: 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686 
BIO
Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, (Alumnus PCCN), is an Assistant Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing. She maintains an active clinical practice in Intermediate Care at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center and community and population health nursing through her research partnerships with culturally diverse social services and health center. She is a Senior Fellow of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI) of the Coalition of Communities of Color Leaders BRIDGE. Dr. Nguyen-Truong is serving as an elected Board member on the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Board of Directors and is the Immediate Past Board Chair of IRCO’s Asian Family Center Advisory Board. Dr. Nguyen-Truong’s research program is focused on advancing the understanding of: 1) health promotion across the lifespan, including cancer control and prevention, and the intersection of health and learning systems, including prenatal/perinatal healthcare and early learning, and 2) diversity and inclusion in health-assistive and technology research including adoption in communities of color, including immigrant and marginalized populations. Dr. Nguyen-Truong led her research team and contributions in science helped to drive health policy change for data equity (House Bill 2134) that became law. She led the development and implemented culturally safe and linguistically appropriate research engagement and educational curriculums and models, culturally sensitive artistic teaching modalities, and the Culturally Safe Didactic Dialogue Circles program. She is an invited speaker and also invited for her mentoring in community participatory research in nursing and across disciplines including academia and community-based organizations.
EDUCATION
  • 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, OR
ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Senior Fellow, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Asian Family Center in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Portland, OR. Statewide Collective Movement on Equity, Empowerment, and Public Advocacy to Respond to Pervasive Racial/Ethnic Inequities.

National Center for Biotechnology Information: My Bibliography
NATURE OF RESEARCH

Dr. Connie Nguyen-Truong’s program of culturally diverse/ transcultural and multidisciplinary/ transdisciplinary research regards academic and community-engaged research justice through utilizing a health equity lens.

  • The over-arching goal is to improve the health of communities of color, including immigrant and marginalized communities and sustainability of the cross-sector work. Dr. Nguyen-Truong conducts research with cultural community leaders and researchers in academia as partners because this is an excellent approach to addressing community health problems of significance and community identified needs for greater impact.
  • An additional goal includes building team capacity and enhancing learning experiences of graduate and undergraduate students with Dr. Nguyen-Truong and cultural community leaders by providing diverse and inclusive research and scholarship collaboration opportunities nested in academic-cultural community spaces.
  • Another goal is facilitating a culturally safe and brave space for engagement and sustainability that considers historical trauma such as diaspora–having to leave the homeland and struggles faced by communities. Another goal is action-oriented where my research influences legislative directions and policies. Dr. Nguyen-Truong’s work draws on tenets of community-based participatory/ community-engaged research and funded as a part of my multiple grants.