Fighting Diabetes Chair
Melinda Nguyen is a fourth year PharmD Candidate at the California Northstate University, College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP) in Elk Grove, California. She is currently completing her rotations through the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center APPE Residency Track program in Berkeley/Oakland. This California native began her undergraduate career at the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), during which time she was a Kaiser Pharmacy Volunteer and served as the Public Relations Director for the Future Pharmacists Student Organization. She then transferred and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in General Biology. While at UCSD, she developed her passion for serving the underserved as an Academic Mentor for underprivileged high school students.
With her goals of continuing to serve underserved communities as a pharmacy student, Melinda was immediately drawn towards SNPhA. As a first year pharmacy student, she served as her chapter’s P1 Co-Liaison. The following year, she was elected as the chapter’s President-Elect and then served as Chapter President during her P3 year. She is also a member of 1 of 5 Regional Finalist teams in Walmart’s 2020 Prescription for Service scholarship competition. Melinda’s favorite SNPhA events include the health fairs and clinics that give the low-income and immigrant populations in Sacramento access to free health services.
Outside of SNPhA, Melinda is also an intern for CVS Pharmacy, an active member of Phi Delta Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma, and served as one the CNUCOP Health & Wellness Committee P3 Representatives. Her passion for cardiology also led her to volunteer as a pharmacy intern for the Sacramento State Cardiovascular Wellness Program. For fun, she loves to travel, trying new experiences and foods, practices calligraphy, and is working on becoming a better cook.
Melinda is honored to continue promoting SNPhA’s mission as the 2020-2021 National Fighting Diabetes Chair. Though we are faced with new challenges this year, she is excited to work with chapters to innovate new ways to promote diabetes education and screenings while following social distancing guidelines. She looks forward to improving the lives of the underserved as Our Journey Continues.