Juliet Nguyen was appointed in January to serve a five-year term on the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention’s (USP) Health Literacy Expert Panel. Her term will run through 2020.

“As a member of the expert panel, I am looking forward to contributing to the creation of evidence based public health standards that are far reaching and make a difference in the lives of patients on a national level,” said Nguyen.

Nguyen is in her second year of Washington State University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program in Spokane, Washington.

The Health Literacy Expert Panel is a subgroup that provides additional expertise to the USP’s Healthcare Quality Expert Committee, which develops and revises health care quality standards related to the use of medications in the U.S. In addition, the committee maintains the USP Medicare Model Guidelines and other USP General Chapters.

WSU pharmacy’s Associate Dean Danial Baker is currently a member of the Healthcare Quality Expert Committee.

Nguyen is from Everett, Washington. She completed a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington before starting her Doctor of Pharmacy at WSU. As a pharmacist, she wants to work in a field where she can make an impact both locally and nationally, but has not chosen a specialty yet.

“I was immediately drawn to the health literacy panel,” said Nguyen. “Prior to pharmacy school, I was a project director at the UW School of Nursing where I recruited low health literacy patients to modify USP pictograms using a real-time graphic artist. With my prior experience with health literacy, clinical trials, pharmacy, and the USP, I felt I could make significant contributions to the panel.”