In his role as Marketing & Communications Specialist at the National Office, Charles Truong leads the Network’s creative content design, manages the organization’s databases and systems, oversees web content, and supports the Network’s marketing strategies. He also hosts monthly webinars and serves as the technical administrator for the National Office. Charles currently consults part-time with the Hope House of St. Croix Valley, a Minnesota-based organization that provides health services to people living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ+ community. In his previous positions, Charles has spearheaded non-profit and academic outreach initiatives and produced a television-broadcasted documentary in 2017. Charles received his B.A. in English and Cinema from the University of Iowa and has received numerous awards for his leadership in advancing diversity and inclusion in Central Iowa and surrounding communities.

Articles & Resources

Structural Racism and Public Health: News Round-Up

Law & Policy InsightsCOVID-19 and Health EquityMechanisms for Advancing Health EquityRacism as a Public Health Crisis

August 25, 2021
by Charles Truong and Mosalewa Ani

Long existing health disparities in the U.S. have been further exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic. States, cities, and counties are increasingly recognizing the role that structural racism plays in perpetuating and maintaining these disparities. A sampling of recent news articles highlights both the advances that are being made, as well as some of the challenges that remain.

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Racial Residential Segregation and Health Justice: Public Health Impacts of Housing Policies in the United States

VideoHealthy and Affordable HousingNeighborhood and Built Environment

June 4, 2020
by Charles Truong

Public health, legal and housing experts -- including Dr. Sandro Galea, professor and dean at the Boston University School of Public Health – share their insights on housing inequities and the racist laws and policies that enabled segregation and steered resources away from poor neighborhoods – and how these factors contribute today to poor health outcomes for people of color. To effectively tackle health justice issues, it’s necessary to trace disparities back to their root causes, where racism serves as the epicenter.

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