The Hmong Institute: Culturally Competent Mental Health Services

Anne Pryor (American Scandinavian Foundation)

The Hmong Institute of Madison, Wisconsin is the latest iteration of Hmong community leaders ensuring that culturally and linguistically competent mental health services are available to the Southeast Asian diaspora at no cost to them. Clients include Hmong, Lao, Tibetan, Nepalese, and Khmer elders, veterans, and widows. This paper will examine the shape and scope of those services in response to the specific needs of the community. This paper is presented from the perspective of a board director of this nonprofit agency who became involved with Hmong culture and community through work as a public folklorist.

Part of 04-04 Folklore and Mental Health, Friday, November 03, 8:30 am–10:00 am