Nghi Dang is a Community Food Specialist at the Center for Community Health working on the Urban Food Environments team. Her work supports neighborhood markets, food pantries, urban farmers, and residents to improve food access in San Diego County.
Nghi graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Public Health. She is a first-generation college graduate and is extremely passionate about health equity, social justice, and health education. Throughout her time at UC San Diego, Nghi pursued opportunities that allowed her to work with and give back to various communities. She served on the Board for the Health and Medical Professions Preparation Program (HMP3) where she was the Chair of two programs that aided underrepresented pre-health students towards their prospective careers in medicine. In addition, Nghi founded the Health Outreach Program (HOP) at UC San Diego which aims to counsel underrepresented minority, first-generation, and/or financially disadvantaged high school students at the Preuss School on careers in healthcare. She also volunteered as an event coordinator and data manager for a public health directed group study where she supervised a health screening for low-income populations in San Diego.
Prior to joining the Center, Nghi had several years of experience as a lab assistant at the UC San Diego Department of Pharmacology where she studied the effects of nicotine on brain and cardiovascular cells.