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March 10, 2022 – Our Hmong Community: Healthcare, Power, Privilege and Inequity

Caring for Our Hmong Community

We are thrilled to welcome Pa Der Vang Ph.D., MSW, LICSW to our next MinnHNA event!

Join us online for a presentation titled Our Hmong Community: Healthcare, Power, Privilege and Inequity. We will learn about healthcare, power, privilege, and the Hmong community, including actions you can take to promote equity.

Event Details

Thursday, March 10, 2022

6:30 – 8:00 PM CST

Google Meet

Everyone is welcome.

Earn 1.5 contact hours for continuing education.

Event registration is $5 for MinnHNA members or $10 without membership.


What can I expect?

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Dr. Vang will start by describing culturally specific factors that influence health behaviors and healthcare-seeking among many Hmong Americans.

The bulk of the session will focus on analyzing the role of power and privilege on the experience of immigrants and refugees. This community includes Hmong Americans who face language, cultural, and economic barriers as they seek healthcare in the United States.

Finally, Dr. Vang will engage participants in a reflection around ways one can take action in one's own area of practice to achieve equity and cultural fluency when working with difference.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize and plan how one may act to address differences and areas of need within healthcare specific to Hmong clients.

  2. Identify culturally specific aspects within Hmong culture that influence healthcare decisions

  3. Identify the impact of power, privilege, and oppression on the healthcare experience of immigrants and refugees

  4. Be able to identify ways one can use one's role and position to empower Hmong clients and others to advocate for themselves within the healthcare setting

  5. Make plans to engage in ongoing learning to develop skills to work with different populations.


Learn about Dr. Pa Der Vang

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Dr. Vang is an associate professor of Social Work at St. Catherine University. She has her Ph.D. and Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Her research is centered on the immigrant experience of Hmong refugees.

She has published papers on the wellbeing of Hmong Americans in the midst of cultural transition. She examines mental health, cultural retention and change, socioeconomic wellbeing, health and help-seeking behaviors, and domestic violence.

She is the editor of Staring Down the Tiger: Stories of Hmong American Women published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2020. She is the co-founder of the Minnesota Hmong Social Workers Coalition, and she is the vice chair of the Minnesota Board of Social Work.


Everyone is welcome

1.5 contact hours available for attendees!

$5 for MinnHNA members or $10 without membership.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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