Thanh Nguyen

Short bio : 

Growing up in a city riddled with violence, homelessness, and poverty, it seemed normal to be on food stamps and buy food from one of the many local liquor stores. In college, I realized that the “normal” community I grew up in strongly resembled the underserved community I learned about in my public health course. It took a college education for me to become cognizant of the injustices in my own backyard, but what about other vulnerable individuals living in underserved and disadvantaged communities who may perceive their daily obstacles as “normal”? I became determined to weave these underserved individuals’ stories, similar to my own LGBTQ and immigrant experiences, into all my service, outreach and research efforts. To address barriers such as language and physician implicit biases, I extended my work beyond the walls of medical facilities and formed relationships with patients, primary care physicians, community leaders and researchers. I strive to uplift the voices of vulnerable individuals in order to better address the social factors that disproportionately impact their health outcomes. My experiences introduced me to the practice of building a community through service and outreach, sparking my desire to practice medicine as a community-based primary care physician in underserved communities of Seattle and its surrounding regions throughout the Pacific Northwest. I aim to engage with underserved individuals and empower resilience, so they too, can recognize that their daily obstacles are not “normal,” but injustices that they can change through our powerful partnership.

 

Thanh Nguyen, UW Bioethics Wylie Burke Diversity Scholar

Thanh Nguyen