Cuc Tran, M.P.H. is an internationally recognized expert on School-Located Influenza Vaccination programs (SLIV), an award-winning educator, and passionate about public health. Cuc’s ultimate goal is to lead innovative public health programs at a state or national level and work at the intersection of public health practice, policy, and research.
Her current work focuses on evaluating the impact of SLIVs on decreasing influenza burden in a community, strategies for long-term sustainability of SLIVs, and identifying immunization barriers among schoolchildren. As an educator, she mentors high school, undergraduate and graduate students on program development, implementation, and evaluation, and public health research.
Earlier in her career, she played a key role in developing, implementing, and sustaining the nationally recognized Alachua County SLIV program, Control Flu. In her role as the Program Coordinator (2008-11), she oversaw 900 volunteers, 32 community organizations, and more than 30,000 flu immunizations. With the program, she has helped obtain $2 million dollars in funding and has independently obtained $218,000 in research grants. While obtaining both her Bachelor and Master Degrees at the University of Florida, she initially worked as a lab manager in a Behavioral Neuroscience research lab and then transitioned over to an Esophageal Cancer research lab at the VA. Her first introduction to public health was through an internship at the Alachua County Health Department in the Sexually Transmitted Infection Unit. And through that work, she was recognized as Mentee of the Year at the University of Florida.