13th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference

Comprehensive Approaches to Healthier Communities

Thuan Tran

Thuan M. Tran has spent the last 20 years working in non-profit and advocacy for marginalized communities, focusing on communities of color that are disproportionately affected by poverty and lacking access to health care. Eighteen of those years were specific to HIV prevention and care services programs. Along with the knowledge he has gained from direct community involvement, he brings with him a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Riverside and coursework in the Master of Arts in Asian American Studies with an emphasis on Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also received his Masters in Public and Non-Profit Administration from MetroState University. Some of the highlights from his twenty years of experience working with and within communities of color around HIV related work include: starting the first HIV prevention program culturally specific to Asian and Pacific Islanders in Orange County, California; collaborate with community leaders, gain funding, and provided technical assistance to an African American Community Mobilization Project in Orange County, California; designed and implemented an English as a Second Language curriculum that incorporated HIV prevention and aimed at newly arrived immigrant men who have sex with men; received an Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) Award for Outstanding Men's Health Program in 2001. In addition, Thuan spoke at the first and second Banyan Tree Project: a national API HIV/AIDS Awareness event in both Orange County, California and Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was also involved in script development, implementation, and was interviewed for Twin Cities Public Television's ECHO Broadcast on HIV/AIDS in the Asian Pacific American Community (in both Vietnamese and English). He also played a pivotal role in the MDH 2008 Prevention Process and getting high risk heterosexual Asian Pacific Islanders prioritized and funded for HIV prevention in MN. His commitment to learning from and working with communities of color to reduce barriers to accessing services as well as HIV transmission is reflected in his extensive and growing experience in grassroots and advocacy work.