Profile: Thu Quach

Research Scientist

Thu Quach, Ph.D. is a research scientist with the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, where she leads research studies on environmental health issues affecting disadvantaged populations, including occupational chemical exposures for Vietnamese nails salon workers. In addition, she is the the director of Community Health and Research at Asian Health Services, a federally qualified health center in Oakland, California, providing culturally competent health care to over 24,000 patients in English and 11 Asian languages. In this role, she oversees community outreach, patient engagement, and health policy advocacy efforts. In addition, she leads multiple clinic-based interventions and health care research projects. As an epidemiologist, she has focused much of her work on examining the influence of environmental and socio-cultural factors on the health of the under-served populations. She received a Masters in Public Health at U.C.L.A. and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the U.C. Berkeley.

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Health Risks: Beneath Painted Beauty in Nail Salons

The desire for beautiful nails has fueled an entire nail salon industry that’s growing rapidly, with storefronts cropping up on every major street across the nation. Yet, the recent articles from the New York Times exposed an industry that’s left workers struggling both with unlivable wages and with damaged health. Everyone who enters a nail salon can be affected, yet the workers are the ones left entirely unprotected.

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