Health Sciences Professor Among Connecticut Magazine’s 2020 Class of Influential Up-and-Comers

Alvin Tran, Sc.D., MPH was in a coffee shop in Seattle over winter break when he received an email stating he’d been recognized by Connecticut Magazine. At first, he thought it was a joke or a spam email, but after rereading, he realized it was the real thing.

“I was ecstatic and overjoyed,” said Tran, 32, an assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences’ Health Administration and Policy Department. “I never thought I would ever make it on such a list. It’s an honor to be recognized for my work around eating disorders prevention and health advocacy.”

Recently awarded a President’s Discretionary Grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation, an independent and private foundation dedicated to improving health equity in the state, Tran is using the funding to launch a new student-centered fellowship training program. He is the first faculty member at the University to receive a grant from the foundation.

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