College of Nursing

Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong

Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong

Assistant Professor, Vancouver
FACULTY
NAME:
Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong
TITLE:
Assistant Professor, Vancouver
OFFICE:
VAN - VLIB 210Q
EMAIL:
c.nguyen-truong@wsu.edu
PHONE:
(360) 546-9395
FAX:
(360) 546-9398
MAILING ADDRESS:
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver, WA 98686-9600

Dr. Connie Kim Yen 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.

EDUCATION

  • 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, OR

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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

METHODOLOGICAL STRENGTHS

Community-based participatory research, instrument development, cross cultural translation, survey research, qualitative research

MEMBERSHIPS (SELECTED)

  • Member, Health 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/Director-at-Large, 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, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 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)

HONORS AND AWARDS (SELECTED)

  • Emerging Nurse Researcher Award Nomination. Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. (under review). Nominated by Dr. Renee Hoeksel, PhD, RN, Executive Associate Dean and Professor, at Washington State University College of Nursing, in recognition of a nurse researcher from North America global region whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves. 
  • 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, Educational 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

FUNDED RESEARCH

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

Vietnamese Women’s Breast and Cervical Health Project

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS (SELECTED)

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Tang, J., & Hsiao, C. (in press). Community interactive research workshop series — Community members engaged as team teachers to conduct research. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (2016). Oregon women in action - Vietnamese women’s health project (p.54). In Count her in: A report on women and girls in Oregon, Women’s Foundation of Oregon. Retrieved from https://womensfoundationoforegon.org/count-her-in
*The Women's Foundation of Oregon released the Count Her In Report on equality and equity issues as a call to action to advise the state of Oregon at the State Capitol in Salem on September 21, 2016.

Nguyen-Truong, C.K. Y., Hsiao, C., Le, T. V., Tang, J., & Cheang, S. (May 14, 2016). Unfolding Stories on the Spiral Model of Learning and the Empowerment Process in the Vietnamese Women’s Health Project. Creative Arts & Storytelling Symposium Presentation. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 14th International Conference: Journey to Justice: Creating Change Through Partnerships. New Orleans, LA.

Nguyen-Truong, C., Hsiao, C., & Tang, J. (April 29, 2016). Community Interactive Research Workshop Series – Community Members Engaged as Team Teachers to Conduct Research. Podium Presentation. Oncology Nursing Society 41st Annual Congress. San Antonio, TX.

Nguyen-Truong, C., Lee-Lin, F., Hassouneh, D., Hsiao, C., Le, T. V., & Tang, J. (April 28, 2016). Delayed or Not to be Screened for Cervical Cancer Among Vietnamese Women – Provider and Client Communication Interaction Approach. Electronic Poster Presentation. Oncology Nursing Society 41st Annual Congress. San Antonio, TX.

Nguyen-Truong, C.K. Y., Davis, A., Jankowiak, C., Rasmor, M., & Dekker, L. (February 19, 2016). Promoting Reflective Practice and Equity in Empowered Learning: Participatory Panel Journey of Aesthetic Expression. Symposium. 12th Annual International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference. Airway Heights, WA.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (May 18, 2016). We – The Collective We. Keynote Address. Golden Minds Asian and Pacific Islander Student Awards. Portland Public Schools, Office of School-Family Partnerships, Portland, OR.

Nguyen-Truong, C.K. Y., Hsiao, C., & Tang, J. (April 9, 2016). Community Members Engaged as Team Teachers to Conduct Research. Poster Presentation. 49th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference of the Western Institute of Nursing. Anaheim, CA.

Nguyen-Truong, C.K. Y., Lee-Lin, F., Hassouneh, D., Hsiao, C., Le, T. V., Tang, J., Vu, M., & Truong, A. M. (April 7, 2016). Cervical Cancer Screening Among Vietnamese Women: Providers’ Perspective. Poster Presentation. 49th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference of the Western Institute of Nursing. Anaheim, CA.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (February 23, 2015). Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization’s Asian Family Center Oral History Report – Connie Nguyen-Truong (1 hour and 37 minutes). Digital Collections. Oregon Multicultural Archives ~ Collections Pertaining to Asian American People and Culture in Oregon. Portland, OR. http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/oma/asian_american_irco-afc.html

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Tang, J., & Hsiao, C. (in review). Community interactive research workshop series — Community members engaged as team teachers to conduct research. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., & Havea, F. (December 12, 2015). Power of participation, part2: Preparing for your community action projects. Community action project reflections from Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute senior fellows. Panel. Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute. Woodburn, OR.

Nguyen-Truong, C.K.Y., Leo, M., Lee-Lin, F., Gedaly-Duff, V., Nail, L., Gregg, J., Le, T. V., & Tran, T. (2014). Adaptation and testing of instruments to measure cervical cancer screening factors among Vietnamese immigrant women. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 1-10. doi: 10.1177/ 1043659614524245

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Lee-Lin, F., Hassouneh, D. M., Hsiao, C., Le, T. V., Tang, J., Vu, M., & Truong, A. M. (October 16-18, 2014). Cervical Cancer Prevention and Screening Among Vietnamese American Women — Primary Health Care Providers’ Perspectives. Poster Presentation. Nurse Practitioners of Oregon 37th Annual Education Conference. Portland, OR.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Lee-Lin, F., & Gedaly-Duff, V. (2013). Contributing factors to colorectal cancer and hepatitis B screening among Vietnamese Americans. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(3), 238-251. doi: 10.1188/13.ONF.238-251

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (May 7, 2013). Oregon State Legislature - Senate Committee on Health Care and Human Services – HB 2134 (audio starts at 44 minutes and ends at 1 hour and 13 minutes). Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong’s testimony (starts at 48 minutes and 50 seconds and ends at 53 minutes). Retrieved from http://oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=1458

*Requires Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services to adopt by rule, using advisory committee, uniform standards for collection of data on race, ethnicity, preferred languages and disability status of public assistance recipients. Provides that standards must be based on local, statewide and national best practices for data collection. Requires report to appropriate committees of Legislative Assembly on implementation of standards. Dr. Nguyen-Truong’s testimony on the study findings from the community-based participatory research work with community members and academic investigators on the Vietnamese Women’s Health Project, helped drive health policy change.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., & Demchak, V. (April 9, 2013). Data collection and health disparities with APANO. Podcast. Oregon Center for Nursing. Portland, OR. http://oregoncenterfornursing.org/podcast/data-collection-and-health-disparities-with-apano/

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Lee-Lin, F., Leo, M. C., Gedaly-Duff, V., Nail, L. M., & Wang, P. (May 3-6, 2012). Use of a community based participatory research approach to study influencing factors to Pap testing practices among Vietnamese immigrant women. Poster Presentation. Oncology Nursing Society 37th Annual Congress. New Orleans, LA.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Lee-Lin, F., Leo, M. C., Gedaly-Duff, V., Nail, L. M., Wang, P., & Tran, T. (2012). A community based participatory research approach to understanding Pap testing adherence among Vietnamese American immigrants. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 41, E26-E40. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01414.x

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (2011). Translation team approach: Psychometrics of a Vietnamese Pap testing survey. The Carol A. Lindeman Award for a New Researcher Paper, Proceedings of the 44th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference of the Western Institute of Nursing, 44, 71-78.

Gregg, J., Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Wang, P., & Kobus, A. (2011). Prioritizing prevention: Culture, context, and cervical cancer screening among Vietnamese American women. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, 13, 1084-1089. doi: 10.1007/s10903-011-9493-2.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Leo, M., Lee-Lin, F., Gedaly-Duff, V., Nail, L., Le, T. V., Tran, T., & Tu, Z. (April 15, 2011). Translation team approach: Psychometrics of a Vietnamese Pap testing survey. Podium Presentation. 44th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference of the Western Institute of Nursing. Las Vegas, NV.

 

updated 1/30/17

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