The Trong D. Nguyen Memorial Award was established to recognize the significant leadership contribution of a student in public health or a related field. The award, officially established in April 2007 by the APHA Student Assembly leadership in memory of Trong D. Nguyen, will be presented annually by the APHA Student Assembly.
Trong D. Nguyen, MHA, joined the government of Canada in 1991 and spent much of his public service career at Health Canada and in the Public Health Agency of Canada where he was devoted to policy issues related to environmental health, product safety, quarantine and migrant, health security, bioterrorism, emergency preparedness and response, public health system renewal, Canada-U.S. relations, and was a manager of strategic policy and planning.
Trong’s career was left unfinished as he and his daughter were killed in a tragic automobile crash in February 2006. Trong had studied health administration at the University of Ottawa, where he received the Robert Wood Johnson Award for the student most likely to contribute valuable service to the health administration discipline. While a doctoral student in health policy at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Trong was a founding member of the Public Health Student Caucus, the organization that later became the APHA Student Assembly. He was an active member of the APHA until the time of his death in 2006, and a member of the Ottawa Hospital Research Ethics Board and served as director and webmaster for the National Capital Region Chapter of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. Trong was a quiet but determined leader with a great sense of humor and a fantastic appetite for life.
Under the terms established for the Nguyen Award, the Student Assembly will recognize one student who has made a significant leadership contribution in the field of public health. This can be at any school or at any organization at the national, state, or local level. Neither academic credentials nor grades will be a factor in selecting the awardees. Nominees will be judged by a committee of reviewers based on a personal essay about their public health leadership accomplishment and at least one letter of recommendation. Nominees must be enrolled full time in an academic program in public health or a related field, and be a student member of APHA at nomination due date.
The award consists of a plaque, one-year APHA membership, Annual Meeting registration, and a $250 stipend for travel and lodging to attend the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition.