Growing up a first-generation Vietnamese-American child of Vietnamese refugees, Kevin Nguyen interacted with the complexities of the U.S. health care system from a young age. From as early as middle school, he assisted his family with scheduling doctor’s appointments, corresponding with insurance companies and more.
“I realized that a lot of the issues I dealt with while assisting my grandparents could be helped through better delivery systems or different health policies,” Kevin says.
Now a second-year doctoral student in Brown’s School of Public Health, Kevin is advancing a career in which he aspires to influence health care access and quality through his research.
This year, those aspirations got a significant boost as he was named one of 41 Health Policy Research Scholars selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The national program provides funding and leadership opportunities for graduate students from underrepresented groups who bring unique and diverse perspectives to research aimed at building healthier and more equitable communities.