Distinguished School of Public Health alumni tackle health care disparities


Lieutenant Commander Christopher Mendoza-Truong is an active duty pharmacist with the United States Public Health Service, which is one of eight uniformed services in the United States. Currently seconded and assigned to the Department of Homeland Security, he is currently the Deputy Administrator of Health Services in Tacoma, Washington.

He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Sciences and a minor in Analytical Organic Chemistry, Doctor of Pharmacy from Touro College of Pharmacy in New York in 2016, completed a post- Fellowship in Pharmacy from Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico, and Joint Professional Military Education from the United States Naval War College in 2020.

He has dedicated his career to addressing health care disparities in underserved communities and to promoting, protecting and advancing our nation’s health care as a uniformed officer. Lieutenant Commander Mendoza-Truong has been selected as the recipient of the University of Nevada’s 2022 Reno Outstanding Achievement Award for his public health work in the Southwestern Navajo and Zuni Nations.

On Thursday, October 20, 2022, Lieutenant Commander Mendoza-Truong will join us for a conference titled “Addressing Healthcare Disparities in Indian Country”, where he will discuss his work to address health inequalities within Native American nations. Navajo and Southwestern Zuni. . The event will take place in the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) building, room 111 from 2-3 p.m.

For more information on participating in this free event, we encourage you to visit the university events page.


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