Connie Nguyen-Truong
Assistant Professor, Vancouver 360-546-9395 VLIB 210Q 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave 

Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong is a community-based participatory research methodologist with a decade of extensive engagement with the Asian immigrant minority population, immigrants, refugees, and communities-at-large. She has nearly two decades of intermediate and progressive care clinical nursing and population health nursing. She has been a nurse educator since 2003. Being an Asian American, Vietnamese bilingual, and bicultural, nurse scientist, she is committed to excellence in the approach to conducting research with community partners to reduce health disparities and to improve health equity for Asian Americans, immigrants, minorities, and communities-at-large. She holds expertise in community-engaged research, community-based participatory research, cross cultural translation, instrument development, survey research, and qualitative research. Dr. Nguyen-Truong developed 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. She has examined cervical cancer and breast cancer screening practices, predictive factors, cultural beliefs and perceptions on cervical cancer, breast cancer, screening, and cancer prevention vaccines among Vietnamese women. She has conducted a successful pilot intervention that improved mammography screening among immigrant Vietnamese women. She has examined health care providers’ perspectives on the challenges and facilitators to providing cervical cancer screening among Vietnamese women. She has also analyzed a community organizing model for influencing policy change in Oregon state for disaggregated data collection. She continues to collaborate with community partners to dismantle power structures that constrain opportunities for community involvement. Their co-developed innovative education and training curricula, which incorporated using music and arts, based on principles of popular education, has been used at the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Asian Family Center and the Multnomah County Health Department in Oregon. Dr. Nguyen-Truong also has an emerging research scholarly line of inquiry in discovering the influence of culture on smart health-assistive homes in older Asian immigrants.

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.

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, influence of culture on smart homes for health assistance

METHODOLOGICAL STRENGTHS

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

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Manuscript peer reviewer, Journal of Transcultural Nursing (2018), Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, Action (2017), Ethnicity and Health (2016), Journal of Women and Health (2012), Research in Nursing & Health (2012), Women & Health (2011), European Journal of Oncology Nursing (2011)
  • Rotating Chair since 2018, Elected Member, Graduate Curriculum Committee, Washington State University College of Nursing 2016 – Present
  • Elected Member, Board of Directors, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization, 2016 – Present
  • Member, Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association, 2015 – Present
  • Appointed Senior Advisor, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute Steering Committee, 2013 – Present
  • Elected Co-Board Chair (2015-Present), Elected Member, 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 (previous)
  • Grant Peer Reviewer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate (previous)
  • Vietnamese Community Reviewer, “The Asian & Pacific Islander Communities in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile”, Coalition of Communities of Color & Portland State University (previous)
  • 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. Beta Psi Chapter, 2009 – Present. Xi Mu Chapter (1999-2015): 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)

  • Nominee Honor, Emerging Nurse Researcher. Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. 2017. Recognition of a nurse researcher from North America global region whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.
  • The Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Success Story Honor. 2017. Also invited featured story by the Executive Director, Lee Po Cha, MBA. For amazing leadership, professional accomplishments, and contributions in the immigrant and refugee community, linkages to IRCO’s services and history in Portland, Oregon, and elected leadership roles on IRCO’s Board of Directors and Asian Family Center Advisory Board.
  • Certificate of Appreciation. Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Board of Directors. For dedicated service as a member on the IRCO Board of Directors and the immigrant and refugee communities of Portland, Oregon. 2017.
  • Progressive Care Certified Nurse – Ten Year Anniversary. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. 2016. In recognition of ten years of certification as a PCCN for dedication to continued competence and excellence in progressive care nursing.
  • 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
  • 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
  • “Influence of Culture on Adoption of Smart Home Monitoring for Health Assistance by Asian American Adults and Older Adults”, PI Connie K. Y. Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, PCCN, and Co-PI Roschelle [Shelly] Fritz, PhD, RN, in partnership with Asian Health & Service Center. Naomi Ballard Nursing Research Award – Beta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Research Grant, Oct 31,2017 to Nov 1, 2018. The goal of this community-engaged research is to explore the influence of culture on adoption of health-assistive smart homes and to empower the Asian immigrant communities in Oregon.
  • “Drawing on Community-Based Participatory Research and Concept Mapping Principles: Designing Population Health Courses for Affordable Learning Using Open Educational Resources, Licensed Library Products, and Public Domain Resources”, PI Connie K. Y. Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, PCCN, and PI Janessa M. Graves, PhD, MPH. Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver Open Educational Resource Planning Grant, May 16, 2017 to May 15, 2018. WSU Vancouver New Faculty Research Start-Up Grant, May 16, 2017 to Sept 30, 2017. The goal was to identify, select, and adapt open educational resources, licensed library products, and public domain resources for population health theory courses for affordable learning in higher education.
  • “Community Based Participatory Research to Understanding Symptom Perception, Preventive Care-Seeking, and their Impact on Cervical Cancer Screening Among Vietnamese American Women”, PI Connie K. Y. Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, PCCN (with Lillian M. Nail, PhD, RN, FAAN, Investigator Advisor, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing), in partnership with the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Asian Family Center. Beta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Research Grant, March 2013 – Feb 2014. Washington State University Vancouver New Faculty Research Start-Up Grant, Aug 16, 2015 to Sept 30, 2017. The goal of this community-based participatory research qualitative descriptive pilot study was to investigate health care providers’ perspectives on the challenges and facilitators in providing cervical cancer screening in Vietnamese American women.
  • “Professional Development Enhancement of an Early Care for Health Co-Principal Investigator”, Washington State University Vancouver Mentoring Program, Connie K. Y. Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, PCCN (with External Research Mentor, Frances Lee-Lin, PhD, RN, OCN, CNS, Associate Professor, at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing in partnership with Asian Health & Service Center). Office of Research and Graduate Education. Mentoring Grant, Dec 18, 2015 to Aug 31, 2016. The goal was to receive external expert mentoring from Dr. Lee-Lin as an early career nurse scientist whose program of research is focused on decreasing health disparities and to improve the health of Asian Americans, an underserved population.
  • “Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Congress Scholarship”, ONS Foundation Congress Scholar Connie K. Y. Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, PCCN. Training to inform PI roles in the Vietnamese Women’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Project, Early Care for Health – Vietnamese Women’s Breast Health Program, and in intermediate care nursing practice, at the ONS 41st Annual Congress in San Antonio, Texas. Training Grant, April 28, 2016 to May 1, 2016. Washington State University Vancouver New Faculty Research Start-Up Grant, April 2016 to May 2016.
  • “Pap Testing Practices Among Vietnamese American Immigrant Women”, PI Connie K. Y. Nguyen-Truong (with Co-Faculty Mentors, Vivian Gedaly-Duff, DNSc, RN, and Frances Lee-Lin, PhD, RN, OCN, CNS), in partnership with the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Asian Family Center. Doctoral dissertation research. American Cancer Society Doctoral Degree Scholarship in Cancer Nursing. #115468-DSCN-08-208-01. Research and Training Grant, Aug 2008 – July 2010. Beta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, June 2010 – June 2011. Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Graduate Nursing Senate, June 2010 – March 2011. OHSU Dean’s Award for Doctoral Dissertation, April 2010 – April 2011. The goals of these community-based participatory research were to (1) to examine the association between awareness, knowledge, confidentiality issues, and beliefs regarding cervical cancer and Pap testing, individual and external influencing factors, and quality of care from the health care system with Pap test receipt and Pap test adherence; (2) to describe awareness of locally available community cervical cancer screening programs or projects; and (3) to examine the psychometric properties of the instrument for reliability and validity.
  • “Adaptation and Testing the Vietnamese Immigrant Women Pap Testing Questionnaire Using a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach”, PI Connie K. Y. Nguyen-Truong, in partnership with the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Asian Family Center. A part of the larger doctoral dissertation research. Xi Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Research Grant, Nov 2009 – Nov 2010.

PUBLICATIONS (SELECTED)

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Nguyen, K. Q. V, Nguyen, T. H., Le, T. V., Truong, A. M., Rodela, K., & Allan, R. (2017). Vietnamese American Women’s beliefs and perceptions on cervical cancer, cervical cancer screening, and cancer prevention vaccines: A community-based participatory study. Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal, Online Special Issue: Global Health, 2(4), 133-142. doi: https://doi.org/10.9741/23736658.1067
Retrieved from https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/apin/vol2/iss4/

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Hassouneh, D., Lee-Lin, F., Hsiao, C., Le, T. V., Tang, J., Vu, M., & Truong, A. M. (2017). Health care providers’ perspectives on challenges and facilitators to cervical cancer screening in Vietnamese American women. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, OnlineFirst December 3, 2017, 1-8. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1043659617745135. PMID: 29308717

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Davis, A., Spencer, C., Rasmor, M., & Dekker, L. (in press, accepted Sep 21, 2017). Techniques to promote reflective practice and empowered learning. Journal of Nursing Education. Forthcoming.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (in press, invited Sep 26, 2017). Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Success Story: Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong. In 2017 Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Annual Report. Forthcoming.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (in press, oral history on Dec 19, 2017). Dr. Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong’s oral history of the Vietnamese community in Oregon. Digital Collections. Watzek Library of Lewis and Clark College Special Collections and College Archives. Portland, OR. Forthcoming.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Pedhiwala, N., Nguyen, V., Le, C., Le, T. V., Lau, C., Lee, J., & Lee-Lin, F. (2017). Feasibility of a multi-component breast health education intervention for Vietnamese American immigrant women. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44(5), 615-625. doi: 10.1188/17.ONF.615-625. PMID: 28820521

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Tang, J., & Hsiao, C. (2017). Community interactive research workshop series – Community members engaged as team teachers to conduct research. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 11(2), 215-221. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2017.0026. PMID: 28736414

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/uploads/CountHerInreport.pdf

Nguyen-Truong, C.K.Y., Leo, M., Lee-Lin, F., Gedaly-Duff, V., Nail, L., Gregg, J., Le, T. V., & Tran, T. (2015). Adaptation and testing of instruments to measure cervical cancer screening factors among Vietnamese immigrant women. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 26(3), 244-253. doi: 10.1177/ 1043659614524245. PMID: 24692341

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (2015). Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization’s Asian Family Center Oral History Report – Connie Nguyen-Truong (interview 1 hour and 37 minutes and transcript). 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 Transcript.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (May 7, 2013). Oregon State Legislature – Senate Committee on Health Care and Human Services – HB 2134. 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 Transcript.

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

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. PMID: 23615137

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(6), E26-E40. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01414.x. PMID: 23030739

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (2011). The Carol A. Lindeman Award for a New Researcher Paper – Translation team approach: Psychometrics of a Vietnamese Pap testing survey. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference of the Western Institute of Nursing, 44, 73-80. PMID: 27254888

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(6), 1084-1089. doi: 10.1007/s10903-011-9493-2. PMID: 21681408

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (2009, Spring). Legacy nurse partners with Vietnamese women’s health project. Nursing Matters, 3.

Nguyen-Truong, C., & Le, T. V. (2008, Winter). Cervical cancer and the Vietnamese women’s health project. Asian Pacific Islander Health Network Newsletter, 4(18), 3.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. (2006, Fall). Key feature member. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Xi Mu Chapter, 3.

updated 1/11/18