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What is Research and Education?

The Research and Education Team is committed to improving the community's health by spreading awareness of prevalent health concerns. The R&E team educates the public through the use of public presentations, community events, and the development of educative resources.

Meet the Committees

Play for Thought

Play for Thought is a committee that organizes a series of educational events for children which aim to instill the idea of a healthy lifestyle through hands-on activities. We currently present at the Yolo County Library and Friends of the Davis Library.

Patient Advocate Committee

In collaboration with the Vietnamese School of Mary Help of Christians Center and Lac Hong Vietnamese School, interns will educate high school students about prevalent health issues in the Vietnamese community. Interns will also help students learn new Vietnamese words relating to the topic and provide translation practices.

Health Resource Committee

A committee focused on developing health and educational resources that are easily accessible and understandable for patients to improve their awareness of prevalent health issues and personal health. We will create online and physical resources such as infographics and brochures to distribute to families and in-clinic patients.

Vietnamese Interactive Community Educator

A subsection of the R&E internship. VICE interns and advisors are trained health educators that are also proficient in Vietnamese. These individuals provide health education and connect specifically with members of the Vietnamese community that may be affected by an inherent language barrier. Their work helps to foster pride in Vietnamese culture while providing much needed support to the community.

R&E Database

Hear from our interns and take a look at some of their work done in the field of Public Health and Health Education!

Alexia Tran

Take a look at Alexia's work here! 

What I like most about VN CARES is how everyone here is extremely supportive and encouraging. My skills in areas such as public speaking, research, and graphics making have all greatly improved since I have been here because of the people around me who are always open to helping me, giving me feedback, and training me to be the best I can be. I think VN CARES overall has taught me a lot, not just in a clinical or public health setting, but in life as well, and I am grateful for the experiences that continue to teach me so much.

The project I am most proud of is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month video. This video was the very first educational video we made for VN CARES, and I am really proud of how it turned out. The process of creating and editing the video was very difficult and I faced many challenges while making it, but I learned a lot from this project and now teach other interns how to create videos similar to this one. Overall, I am proud that I am able to combine my two interests: video editing and public health, into a project that can help others and educate the community!


Trish Tran

Take a look at Trish's work here!

VN CARES is a dynamic organization built on the principles of community and service. Through my training experience, the R&E leaders have all allowed me to self critique and constantly challenge myself to analyze deeply and efficiently. I have been able to assess scientific articles effectively, create aesthetically engaging and convincing presentations that appeal to my audience, and also create a voice that speaks and advocates passionately and respectfully. All of these skills I have acquired and want to continue to pass on, along with other skills that I have learned on my own and will learn. 

I am most proud of my newly acquired position as Patient Assistance Co- Director. My work in VN CARES has always been meaningful for my community, but I am excited to have magnified the extent of my impact through this position. I am proud to help uninsured and underinsured patients obtain the medications that they desperately need, but aren’t able to provide for themselves. This makes my work more impactful since I am bridging the gap between affordable healthcare and patients’ of disadvantaged ethnic backgrounds.


Janine Nguyen

Take a look at Janine's work here!

VN CARES has helped me connect more deeply with the Vietnamese community and expand my knowledge on medical Vietnamese; it has enriched my college experience and has encouraged me to pursue a career focused in public health law and policy making. In my involvement in the R&E internship, I have been directly involved and participated in multiple committees, including Patient Advocate Committee, Play for Thought, Health Resources Committee, Creative and Banquet Committee, and Health Fair committee, in addition to co-leading the Relay for Life team with Thuy-Linh Tran, to raise funds for cancer awareness and research in 2020. There is a demonstrated need in the state of California to provide support to marginalized, underserved communities in order to relieve health disparities. Altogether, I am humbled to have been able to serve this organization in the three to four years of my college career at UC Davis, and I hope to continue my efforts to provide aid and promote health education to narrow existing educational gaps post-graduation.

As part of Mental Health Awareness month, I was in charge of facilitating the event for Mental Health for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities; for the daytime event, resources created by SAFE and VN CARES were shared on the Mental Health Initiative’s Instagram story, which cover the intersections of mental health among AAPI communities. For the evening event, which was called the Mental Health x AAPI Communities Professional Panel, VN CARES presented on the intersections of mental health, specifically pertaining to the underserved, Vietnamese community to kickoff the evening event. I, alongside my co-VICE advisor, Thao, presented on this topic before transitioning to the panel discussion via Zoom with Dr. Tatum Phan, Dr. William Chen, and Karolyn Wong on the intersection of AAPI identity and mental health. In exploring topics such as intergenerational stigma, sociocultural values and expectations, generational gaps, and lack of mental health resources, we touched on how the rise in AAPI hate crimes and the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the AAPI community.