Than T. Nguyen, MSW, CDP
B.S.W, Eastern Washington University, 2001
M.S.W., Eastern Washington University, 2002
Chemical Dependency Professional CDP, 2005
Certified Social Services Interpreter – Vietnamese, 2006
Why I work at Neighborcare Health:
I grew up in the High Point community of West Seattle and was a patient at High Point Medical Clinic. I have always had great respect for Neighborcare Health, the mission and staff members. I really like Neighborcare’s strength-based approach to health care, I like the sense of community and I especially like working for an organization that cares for the underserved. I believe that everyone deserves to have medical care, regardless of their financial situation.
Before joining Neighborcare Health, Than worked for many years doing advocacy work at the Children’s Alliance, then as an addiction counselor for treatment centers and recovery transitional housing. She has also worked at Harborview Medical Center emergency room as an addiction therapist and managed the job-training program at FareStart.
Than came from Vietnam and her family was among the first set of “boat people” refugee immigrants who came to the United States in the 1980’s after the Vietnam War. Her escape trip from Vietnam and into America included danger, turbulence, challenges and triumphs, including capture by Thailand Sea Pirates. In her spare time, Than describes herself as a “homebody” and enjoys staying home, relaxing, cooking and being around family.