The COVID-19 pandemic is heightening awareness of health care disparities, with the virus affecting minority populations disproportionately. Racially-motivated attacks related to the pandemic add additional stress for Asian American communities, including Hmong communities.
Providing mental health services in the present and future conditions will require a new consideration for cultural elements and linguistic tools when serving culturally diverse communities. Dr. Pang Foua Yang Rhodes will discuss how cultural values, historical trauma, and acculturation may influence how Hmong individuals and communities respond to large scale crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
1) Identify relevant Hmong-specific factors influencing crisis response at the individual, interpersonal, community, and societal levels
2) Understand the challenges Hmong may experience during COVID-19 from a trauma-informed lens
3) Explain culturally relevant communications approaches and mental health services