Melissa Luong is an Associate at Innovation Network and contributes to projects with nonprofit and foundation partners such as the Kansas Health Foundation and the Missouri Foundation for Health on evaluation, strategy, and facilitation initiatives. She has extensive knowledge in utilizing Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methodologies to advance health equity. Melissa believes in incorporating participatory research and evaluation processes to complement human perspectives and address the ways in which social, historical, and structural factors affect aspects of well-being.
Prior to joining Innovation Network, Melissa worked on public health program evaluations. These projects include an evaluation of the expansion of a city-wide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) incentive program administered by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to address food insecurity and a mixed-methods evaluation of geriatric trauma patient protocols and processes in North Carolina trauma centers for the North Carolina State Trauma Advisory Council. She also interned at the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health.
In addition, Melissa has worked on designing and implementing biopsychosocial-based programming for adults, seniors, and children at a local community health and education nonprofit in rural Alabama. Melissa received her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and a BA in English and in Biology from Binghamton University. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys walking through museums, trying new recipes in the kitchen, and tending to her houseplants.