Program Description: 

The Hmong suffer an invisible high prevalence rate of type 2 diabetes, a rate of 11.9% compared to 7.5% non-Hispanic whites. Research on type 2 diabetes in the Hmong community has mainly examined Hmong cultural perceptions, religion, and practices despite strong scientific data that have illustrated associations between SDOH and glycemic levels (Walker et al, 2014; Walker et al, 2015). This study is the first of its kind to examine SDOH in the Hmong community through a community-based participatory action research method. 

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Target audience: 
  • Physicians
  • Allied Health Care Professionals
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Students
Learning objectives: 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1) Learn community-based participatory action research methods and its impact in conducting research with the Hmong community

2) Learn about the SDOH that impacts the Hmong communities of Wisconsin

3) Learn about the limitations of doing CBPR during the COVID pandemic

Faculty & credentials: 

Program Director:  Linda Meurer, MD

Presenter(s):  Francis Tongpalad, M4, Andrew Nguyen, M4, and Keng Moua, M3

Francis Tongpalad is a fourth-year medical student and Milwaukee native, the son of immigrants from Thailand and Puerto Rico. While working with THRIVE he has enjoyed learning about community-based participatory research and how it helps create community-driven interventions that help address health inequity. He is passionate about destigmatizing mental health in the Asian-American and Latinx community and is interested in becoming a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Andrew Nguyen is currently a fourth-year medical student who completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego. His interest in working with the underserved communities led to his involvement with organizations like Schools on Wheel in California, to volunteering with the Friedens Food Pantry as well as his participation in this community-based participatory research project with Dr. Thao and Dr. Lor.

Keng Moua is currently a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin.




Carletta Rhodes
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 955-8291
Session date: 
10/11/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT

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