Ms. Nguyen provides qualitative and evaluation support as an associate researcher at Spark Policy Institute, bringing her passion and experiences working with diverse communities to promote health equity.
Prior to joining Spark, Loan worked with diverse collaborations including local, state, and Tribal initiatives in carrying out evaluations and data-driven needs assessments for program planning. In her previous work, she helped to advance the certification and integration of community health workers onto primary care teams in Michigan. Loan assisted in convening a broad group of stakeholders to identify strengths and needs for Michigan’s statewide maternal child health needs assessment. She also coordinated and provided technical assistance for local communities to conduct data-driven needs assessments and strategic planning around prevention-focused evidence-based home visiting programs.
In her work with tribal communities, Loan helped complete a study of a Tribal public health system using mixed methods approaches including qualitative analysis and social network mapping. Additionally, using community-based participatory approaches, she developed evaluation tools and performance measurement data systems for a multi-community coalition working to implement policies, systems, and environmental changes. Loan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hope College and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Outside of Spark, Loan enjoys exploring Colorado’s outdoors with her dog, creating arts and crafts, and learning new hobbies.