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Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society


   In 2001, UC Davis undergraduates and medical students established the Vietnamese Cancer Awareness, Research and Education Society (VN CARES) in response to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) report that revealed Vietnamese American women had the highest incidence rate of cervical cancer – five times greater than Caucasian women. VN CARES is a student-run organization that promotes cancer awareness and provides free cancer screenings to the underserved Vietnamese population.       

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VN CARES began working with the Sacramento Vietnamese Community to implement three goals

1. Inform the community about the prevalent types of cancer that affect the target population – namely breast, cervical, and prostate cancer.
2. Educate the community about the benefits of performing regular cancer screenings and the available cancer treatments.
3. Enroll people to receive free cancer screenings.

VN CARES' Mission Objectives:

Short Term Goals

° Recruit members who will assist VN CARES in helping the community
° Promote cancer awareness through outreaches and educational presentations.
° Recruit, enroll, and assist Vietnamese individuals into cancer preventative care and cancer treatment programs.
° Gather qualitative and quantitative data about the healthcare services provided to the Vietnamese community

Long Term Goals

° Reduce the cancer-related disparities in the Vietnamese community.
° Ensure that all Vietnamese individuals obtain skills and knowledge to maintain a cancer reducing lifestyle.
° Participate in the planning and implementation of research activities designed to identify the health care needs of the Vietnamese community. ° Network with other organizations to achieve common objectives.

VN CARES Officers

Nathan Luu

External Vice President
Raymond Nguyen

Internal Vice President
Thuy-Linh Tran

Bryant Law

Eric Nguyen

Tam Dong

Public Relations Leader
Jennifer Do

Public Relations Leader
Celine Tran

Public Relations Leader
Jessica Nhan

Clinical Manager
Khoi Nguyen

Clinical Manager
Natalie Nguyen

Clinical Manager
Christina Trinh

Research and Education Leader
Jonathan Hui

Research and Education Leader
Leann Le

Our Interns

Research and Education Interns

Team Leader:
Catherine Tran

Team Leader:
Janine Nguyen

Team Leader:
Jenna Kwong

Team Leader:
Stephanie Ha

Team Leader:
Vicky Vong

Adonia Thai

Cassandra Nguyen

Jessica Chao

Kelly Chau

My-Linh Vo

Natalie Phan

Ramya Chandrekaran

Sydney Le

Clinical Co-Directors

Eric Nguyen

Lucy Thai

Covered California
Sofia Lin

Covered California
Carolyn La

David Le

Nathan Luu

Nathan Nguyen

Angela Nguyen

Matthew Liu

Toan Tran

Thu Pham

Women's Health
Christina Trinh

Women's Health
Quynh Nhi Nguyen

Clinical Interns

Anh Diep

Chau Tran

Emily Nguyen

Hang Le

Jessica Nhan

Linh Le

Ngoc Trinh

Nguyen Dang

Nhan Ha

Nhi Ly

Thanh Huynh

Vivian Mai

Hybrid Interns

Qiyuan Zhao