Song Nguyen

Born and raised in Vermont by an immigrant mother and refugee father, Song was grateful for the opportunity to return to home to work with the Vermont Department of Health after spending the past nine years in Washington, DC. During her most recent four years in DC, she worked with DC Public Schools managing HIV and STI prevention programming for 111 schools in the district.  During this time, Song quickly recognize that no article, textbook, or discussion can ever prepare someone for the pain and frustration evoked in the eyes of young people who live in a cycle of unmet needs. During her time working with students, parents, and staff across some of DC’s most under-resourced schools, it took an incredible measure of strength to not be completely disheartened by the injustices she witnessed daily. She met many young people along the way who possessed incredible internal strength and resiliency, but often lacked the skills, resources, and knowledge to advocate for their own, basic needs. Without the resources and voice to navigate through life’s challenges, so many are often left forgotten. Song strongly believes in the power of utilizing one’s privilege, small or large, to advocate for those left in the shadows and to empower positive decision-making to combat disparities and injustices across our communities.
Song has always had a passion to be connected to her community and has continued to develop a hunger for learning about health disparities that perpetuated across populations. This perspective has allowed her to work both domestically and internationally on public health issues including parent engagement programming for inner-city schools, minority health issues in higher education, and enhancing transportation and sexual health services in Uganda.  She received her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Vermont, and her MPH from The George Washington University.  During her spare time she enjoys rock climbing, relearning parts of VT that she never truly explored, discovering new documentaries, and volunteering on Burlington’s Restorative Justice Panels for low-crime offenders. Song also enjoys painting and recently illustrated her first children’s book, published in October 2017.