Trina Van is a VIH alumna from Temple University’s 2016 cohort. During her experience abroad in Mérida, México and La Havana, Cuba, she studied Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán. Currently, Trina is a second-year medical student at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) and has the unique opportunity to treat uninsured and/or undocumented patients at the student-run Cooper Rowan Clinic. As a daughter of Vietnamese refugees, this experience is extremely special to her.
Trina is also a COVID-19 Case Investigator/Contact Tracer for the state of New Jersey, where she supports people through the challenges of self-isolation and self-quarantine. Moreover, this summer has given her an opportunity to explore her passion for advocacy and support the Black Lives Matter Movement. She was recently elected as Co-President of CMSRU’s Diversity Council and plans to help her university adopt an anti-racist curriculum. Finally, this time of quarantine has given her time to do yoga, to bullet journal, to experience virtual game nights, and to bake cookies from scratch for the first time!