Thu Quach, PhD, is President of Asian Health Services, a federally qualified health center based in Oakland, Calif., that provides health, social, and advocacy services for all regardless of income, insurance status, immigration status, language, or culture.
Dr. Quach began at Asian Health Services in 1997 as a Community Health Educator, went on to earn her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at U.C. Berkeley and returned to AHS in 2011 where she currently serves as Chief Deputy of Administration.
As a young child, Dr. Quach and her family immigrated as refugees from Vietnam. Dr. Quach is a nationally renowned researcher, with a focus on community-based research on Asian Americans and immigrant populations, including examining occupational exposures and health impacts among Vietnamese nail salon workers.
Inspired by her mother who was a salon worker for decades before dying of cancer, Dr. Quach’s research findings have contributed to the seminal work of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, which has shaped policy changes and worker rights and safety.
She has anchored a number of AHS’ key initiatives, including starting up the Specialty Mental Health department, galvanizing national partners in the One Nation movement to fight anti-immigrant policies, and promoting patient engagement and empowerment. During the pandemic, Dr. Quach has been leading AHS in addressing racial disparities in COVID-19, including starting up a culturally and linguistically competent community testing site, contact tracing and vaccination program.
Dr. Quach has also been conducting groundbreaking research on COVID-19’s impact on the AAPI population, and launched efforts to collect stories of language and digital barriers faced by the community during the pandemic — asianamvoices.org.
Dr. Quach earned her Bachelors of Art from U.C. Berkeley, Masters in Public Health from U.C.L.A. and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from U.C. Berkeley.