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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.       

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

Eric Nguyen

External Vice President
Nathan Luu

Internal Vice President
Vienna Nguyen

Kathleen Dang

Ryan Lin

Public Relations Leader
Raymond Nguyen

Public Relations Leader
Anderson Dang

Public Relations Leader
Toan Tran

Research and Education Leader
Sofia Lin

Research and Education Leader
Thuy-Linh Tran

Clinical Manager
Nina Le

Clinical Manager
Don Nguyen

Clinical Manager
Kevin Le

Clinical Manager
Angela Trandang

Leann Le

Our Interns

Research and Education Interns

Team Leader:
My-Linh Vo

Team Leader:
Carolyn La

Team Leader:
Natalie Phan

Adonia Thai

Cassandra Nguyen

Celine Tran

Jenna Kwong

Janine Nguyen

Jennifer Do

Jessica Chao

Jonathan Hui

Kelly Chau

Ramya Chandrekaran

Stephanie Ha

Sydney Le

Trinh Ho

Vicky Vong

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

Cam Dang

Chau Tran

Emily Nguyen

Hang Le

Jessica Nhan

Jonathan Tran

Kathy Le

Khoi Nguyen

Linh Le

Natalie Nguyen

Ngoc Trinh

Nguyen Dang

Nhan Ha

Nhi Bui

Nhi Ly

Tam Dong

Thanh Huynh

Timothea Tram

Tyanna Hoang

Uyen Trinh

Vivian Mai

Hybrid Interns

Bryant Law

Catherine Tran

David Wei

Qiyuan Zhao