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Viet-CARE's Body-Mind Approach to Empower and Combat Mental

Joseph Trinh is the primary organizer for Viet-CARE's Mind-Body Outreach Program. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Neuroscience in 2016.  Since then, he has gained extensive health and fitness experience as an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher, and California College of Ayurveda certified yoga nidra instructor. Aside from his passion for health and fitness, Joseph is also involved in clinical research, and has experience as a clinical research coordinator and ophthalmic technician. His current works as a clinical quality assurance specialist.

Ashley Chu graduated as a double major in Political Science and Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 2017. She is currently an intake coordinator at the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)’s Prevention and Early Intervention mental health program, and dedicates her time on a weekly basis to assisting those in crisis as a suicide hotline counselor. Ashley enjoys the art of event planning and has coordinated two mental health awareness events this past year.  She is thoroughly inspired by her professional experiences, and is currently applying for a Master of Social Work (MSW) program.  Ashley hopes to share the importance of mental health and to enhance accessibility to services within the API community.

Kelvin Nguyen holds a B.A. in Psychological Sciences as well as a B.A. in Educational Sciences. Kelvin grew up in Orange County and is proud to be a product of his community. Having worked in both community-based organizations and school-based settings, Kelvin aims to use the knowledge gleaned from these experiences to advocate for mental health awareness among youth. Conducting research to provide representation for the underrepresented is a passion of Kelvin’s, and he hopes to one day continue his education at his alma mater, UCI. Per Kevin: “As a member of our API community, I strive to provide inclusive and holistic care to break the stigma of mental illness in providing services for the community by the community.”

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