Jenny Masculine is a population epidemiologist at Clackamas County Public Health Division. She was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended the University of North Florida where she studied health science and earned her Master’s in Public Health from Kansas State University in 2022. She lived in Kansas City before moving to Portland with her husband and daughter in 2022.
In this interview, Masculine begins by describing her family history and experiences growing up in Florida. She details the educational path that led her to study public health and move to Oregon before sharing her experiences of Portland, including her first impressions of the city and her family’s favorite places to visit. She compares the Vietnamese communities in Jacksonville, Kansas City, and Portland and reflects on what different generations of Vietnamese Americans can learn from one another. She also discusses current public health issues in Clackamas County and highlights the role that being Vietnamese American plays in her life.