The Hmong American Partnership (HAP) is an existing social service agency seeking to open a new community health center serving the a four-zip code area of Saint Paul, Minnesota collectively called Frogtown. The health center is named the Little Mekong Health Care Center (LMHCC) due to its central location within the “Little Mekong” business and culture district. The district’s name is derived from the Mekong River, which flows from China through Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and connects the cultures of Southeast Asia. Demographic data for LMHCC reveals a wide diversity of residents; primarily, the residents are Southeast Asian of Hmong, Karen, Bhutanese, Vietnamese and Laotian origins. 68.5% of the Asian residents are Hmong. With such a richly diverse population to service, HAP has endeavored to address the questions of how to provide the best quality of culturally competent care to the local population. It is thus that HAP has partnered with the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional (CURA) to research the best practices for implementing and practicing a cultural competent health care clinic.
Conducted on behalf of the Hmong American Partnership (HAP). Supported by the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program, a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
Little Mekong Health Care Center.
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