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Community Defined-Evidence Practices to address Mental Health among the Hmong Refugee Older Adults in Rural California

February 23 @ 11:40 am12:30 pm PST



Between the 1960s and 1970s, many Hmong residing in Laos were secretly recruited by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to fight against communism during the Secret War in Laos. As a result, many Hmong who were involved had to flee their homes after the war to refugee camps in Thailand and then resettle to other countries. As they arrived to the U.S., the Hmong not only experienced war trauma, but faced many hardships and mental health problems in their refugee transitions to American society.

This presentation describes the Community Defined-Evidence Practices (CDEP) Zoosiab “Ntoj Ncig” program at the Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County serving Hmong elders facing mental health issues and reports on the evaluation results.

Winston Tseng, PhD, is Associate Researcher in the School of Public Health Division of Community Health Sciences and Lecturer in the Department of Ethnic Studies Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He serves as Associate Director of Research at Health Research for Action Center and is affiliated faculty of the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. He is also Visiting Associate Professor at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine Division of Health Sciences and Visiting Associate Professor at National Taiwan University College of Public Health and teaches in its Global Health Graduate Program.

Dr. Tseng’s participatory action research has focused on social determinants of health. He collaborates with diverse underserved communities of color and immigrant communities (e.g., African American, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander communities) across local, state, national, and global levels to understand their assets and needs, and develop, test, and implement community-defined interventions and policies to strengthen their community infrastructure for improving their health and social conditions. His research focus areas has included community based participatory research, community health planning, racial/ethnic health disparities, healthy aging, health promotion and health education, health literacy, and policy development.

Dr. Tseng currently serves as an advisor on the Asian American & Pacific Islander Standing Committee under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion at UC Berkeley. He served as Chair (2012–2014) of the Community Health Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and served as an APHA Governing Councilor (2015-2020). The APHA Asian Pacific Islander Caucus recognized Dr. Tseng in 2012 for the Best Published Paper: “Reshaping Data and Research through the Affordable Care Act: Opportunities for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health,” and for his leading national health policy research to advance Asian American & Pacific Islanders. The APHA CHPPD Section honored Dr. Tseng in 2010 for a Section Award for Excellence in Membership Engagement, in 2015 for a Section Award for Excellence in Mentorship and in 2019 for a Section Award for Excellence in Section Service. He received his PhD in Medical Sociology from University of California, San Francisco in 2003 and his BA in Biology from Johns Hopkins University in 1992.


February 23
11:40 am – 12:30 pm PST
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Berkeley Public Health