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Hmong and Health Care

NOVEMBER 21, 2006

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Hoppe Auditorium
St. Cloud Hospital
1406 6th Avenue N
St Cloud, MN 56303

Direction/Map to the St. Cloud Hospital

Direction to Hoppe Auditorium
Park in the north parking lot (the main visitor parking lot on the north end of the hospital). Enter Entrance E and follow the main corridor to Lobby D and the D Elevator. Take the D Elevator down one level to Level A. Turn left out of the elevator bay and Hoppe Auditorium is directly in front of you.

Dr. Kang Xiaaj, M.D., family practice physician at
West Side Community Health Services, St. Paul, MN;
Dr. Yang Lo, M.D.

Kathy Vang
Nou Khang

Mr. Seng Thao and troupe, students,
St. Cloud State University


Each education offering has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for four (4.0) contact hours. It is the personal responsibility of each participant to determine whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education by the licensing organization.

Registration fee
$30 per session (pre-registration)
$35 per session (at the door)

50% discount for full time students. Please include photocopy of student ID with registration when mailing check

Continental breakfast included.

Registration form can be downloaded at:


Coming soon





8:00 – 8:30 am
Salient history, geography, of country of origin; demographics of Hmong in Minnesota and how they got here
Presenter: Dr. Kang Xiaaj

8:30 – 8:40 am
What is my experience being a Hmong in St. Cloud? What brought me here?
Presenter: Kathy Vang

8:40 – 8:50 am
Questions and Answers
Xiaaj and Vang

8:50 – 9:00 am

9:00 – 9:30 am
Salient religious and cultural characteristics of Hmong in Minnesota
Presenter: Dr. Kang Xiaaj

9:30 – 9:40 am
What aspects of my culture are vitally important to me? What aspects of my religion are vitally important in my thinking and practice?
Presenter: Kathy Vang

9:40 – 9:50 am
Questions and Answers
Xiaaj and Vang

9:50 – 10:00 am

10:00 – 10:30 am
What health care related concerns of Hmong do health care professionals need to be aware of?
Presenter: Dr. Kang Xiaaj

10:30 – 10:40 am
Role play: Simulating an actual situation of a Hmong patient in a health care facility; a volunteer from the audience comes up to deal with the situation; patient & volunteer give feedback to each other at the end
Presenter: Kathy Vang

10:40 – 10:50 am
Questions and Answers
Xiaaj, Vang, and Dr. Yang Lo

10:50 – 11:00 am

11:00 – 11:10 am
Cultural performance
Seng Thao and troupe: dance demonstration with Hmong cultural instrument qeej

11:10 – 11:40 am
Video on recent Hmong arrivals in Minnesota
MaoHeu Thao’s video

11:40 am – 12:00 pm
Questions and Answers
Xiaaj, Vang, Lo, and cultural performers



Series Planning Phase
Phase A
Cultural Healing Festival


All files are in pdf format




Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
CentraCare Health Foundation
St. Cloud Hospital



Dia Cha
Hmong Cultural Resource Center, Inc
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota
Sally Griffin
Jean Gunderson
Dan McKanan
Frank Lee
Jocelyn Ancheta
Kathy Twohy
David Zander
Angie Wilson
Carol Virnig
Bruce Corrie
Cindy Eskandary
Mary Beth Nehl
Peggy LaDue
Gwen Dahlhoff
Joan Wilcox
Hani Mohamed
Julie Collins
Shivanthi Sathanandan
Bette Schnettler
Diane Tuff
Hedy Tripp
Adela Gross
Don Ottenhoff
Robert C. Johnson
Paul Knutson
Tom Pendergast
Sandra Robin





Kang Xiaaj, M.D.

A Hmong family practice physician, Dr. Xiaaj graduated from Hamline University with a bachelor's degree in Biology and completed her MD at the University of Minnesota - Medical School. She did her residency through Ramsey Family and Community Residency Program with training through Region's Hospital. Her continuity clinic was with West Side Community Health Services which serves a population which is approx. 80% Hmong....She found the fit worked well and hence stayed on from 2001 as a doctor at that public housing satellite clinic.

The clinic also serves a large Latino/a population, in addition to the underserved, uninsured population in the surrounding area. Dr. Xiaaj is also staff at Region's Hospital but at this time only doing labor and delivery aspects of hospital work.

Secret information: Kang is expecting her fourth baby mid-October. She will be at home on leave from then through December.

Despite her impossibly tight schedule, Dr. Xiaaj has done many presentations on Hmong culture and life in the United States. One has to schedule her long in advance. If we have succeeded in having her commit to our 11/21 date at Hoppe Auditorium, without a doubt we owe it to the fourth visit of the stork to her home.

Dr. Yang Lo, M.D.

Born in Laos. Arrived 1977 in Pepin, WI, as a refugee. His family moved to St. Paul, MN, in 1979. He grew up on the East Side of St. Paul where he studied at Johnson Senior High. From there, he went to Carleton College in Northfield, MN.

He joined medical school in 1991. There, he met his wife. She is a dermatologist, now practicing in St. Cloud with CentraCare Dermatology.

After medical school, Dr. Lo went into residency at Fairview Riverside, a.k.a. Smiley's Clinic, and graduated in 1998. He worked on the East Side of St. Paul with the Health East Medical Group on Rice Street.

Since his wife is from Alexandria, they moved up there in 2000 and have been there since. They recently moved into St. Cloud to be closer to the Cities.

Dr. Yang Lo is in Family Medicine. He has practiced full spectrum medicine from delivery to geriatric care.

Kathy Vang

Kathy Vang was born and raised in Minnesota. She is a senior at St. Cloud State University with a Sociology major and Human Relations minor. She enjoys entertaining, dancing, singing, and talking to people. Kathy's goals are to pursue a master's in Social Responsibility and to work with the Hmong community.

Nou Khang

Nou Khang was born and raised in Minnesota and is currently a senior at Saint Cloud State University. She is 24 years old and pursuing a career in Nursing. She is the oldest of 6 children. She enjoys acting, meeting new people, spending time with family and friends, and working hard to reach her goals.