Thu Quach, PhD has been working in public health and health care for 25+ years. Her research, service, and advocacy work have been grounded in her own lived experience as a refugee from Vietnam, and the struggles her family faced in the health care system. Trained as an epidemiologist, she has conducted community-based research, focusing on Asian Americans and immigrant populations, including examining occupational exposures and health impacts among Vietnamese nail salon workers.  This work was inspired by her own mother, who passed from cancer at the age of 58, after working in hair and nail care services for decades. These research findings have contributed to the seminal work of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative that has shaped policy changes and advocated for worker rights and safety. Dr. Quach’s work was recently featured in an HBO Max Original entitled “Not So Pretty” (Nail episode).


Dr. Quach is the President at Asian Health Services, a federally qualified health center in Oakland serving 50,000 patients in English and 12 Asian languages. She is involved in research and policy efforts to promote health equity, including emphasizing the importance of language justice and data disaggregation. In recent years, Dr. Quach has been leading the organization in addressing racial disparities in COVID-19, including starting up culturally and linguistically competent community testing sites, contact tracing targeting Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), and vaccination efforts. Her recent work has focused on responding to anti-Asian violence and addressing mental health gaps for this population.


Dr. Quach received her Bachelors of Art at UC. Berkeley, her Masters in Public Health at U.C.L.A. and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at U.C. Berkeley. She has also co-founded and co-led other non-profit organizations that promote equity and justice, including the PIVOT (Progressive Vietnamese American Organization).