Educating the Hmong Community About COVID-19

Developing culturally appropriate COVID-19 prevention messaging for Hmong populations in Wisconsin

Full Project Name:Educating the Hmong Community About COVID-19Primary Community Organization:Hmong American Friendship Association, Inc.Award Amount:$33, 290
Award Date
April2020
Project Duration:3 months

Project Description Narrative:


As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, the need for culturally responsive and appropriate messaging is essential. Wisconsin boasts the largest Hmong population in the U.S. outside of California and Minnesota. This population has a significant need for culturally appropriate messaging. In a culture built around close family and clan ties, messages about social distancing may be confusing, while other health messages may be misunderstood or not trusted. Through this award, project partners will produce and disseminate a series of short educational videos in the Hmong language, using the Hmong tradition of oral transmission of knowledge to reach Hmong residents in Wisconsin, especially those with limited English proficiency, with critical information that can prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Additional community partners:
Nyob Zoo Milwaukee TV, Hmong American Center (Wausau), Hmong American Partnership (Appleton/Fox Valley), Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency (La Crosse), Hmong 18 Clan Council of Wisconsin

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