By Carlos Gallego
AAP staff writer
ST. PAUL (May 15, 2012) — Mai Moua, Ph.D., Acting Chief Operating Officer for Hmong American Partnership, and CEO of Leadership Paradigms, was recently appointed to a leadership post for the Midwest Region of the Intercultural Cancer Council.
The ICC is based in Houston, with Pamela Jackson serving as Executive Director. It was Jackson who said she was particularly impressed with Moua’s leadership in the development of the Learn and Live program at Hmong American Partnership.
Under program supervisor Lee Yang, Learn to Live focuses on educating the community with accurate information around the causes of breast cancer, risk factors as well as diagnosis and treatment options. The program was recently awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health to expand and include cervical cancer as well as a youth leadership component.
Moua has lost two uncles and three cousins from cancer in the past seven years. Since then she has taken an interest in learning about cancer facts and understanding the importance of providing education and programming to the Hmong community.
“Talking about health is such a personal issue for all cultures and communities, and I think that in our community conversations between men and women, our elder and youth around cancer issues and health disparities can be a challenge,” Moua said. “There’s a lot of fear and myths about cancer and there’s a lot of education and information sharing that needs to happen to help people feel comfortable to discuss this problem.”
Moua’s reputation as a staunch supporter of women’s health and equal rights make her an ideal candidate to be a voice to help address the issues and needs in the area of cancer within the Hmong community.
Moua received her Doctorate from Gonzaga University in Leadership Studies and is considered one of the top female leaders in the Hmong community. She is also recognized for her work in the diversity arena nationally.
According to Moua, Hmong American Partnership is currently the only Hmong-based organization that provides education, training, and navigation services in Minnesota.
The Intercultural Cancer Council promotes policies, programs, partnerships, and research to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the United States and its associated territories. It will celebrate its 25th Anniversary of the Symposium Series in 2012.
In 1987, the Biennial Symposium on Minorities and Cancer was launched in Houston to coincide with the launching of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. In 1995, with the launching of the Intercultural Cancer Council, the Symposium Series moved to Washington, D.C.
In 2012, the Symposium Series has returned to Houston, its city of origin. Since cancer is only one of many health disparities faced by minority and underserved individuals, the 2012 meeting will not limit its discussion to only cancer issues.
The 12th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity will be held June 27 – July 1, 2012 at Hilton Americas in Houston. It will be hosted by the Center for Health Equity & Evaluation Research (a joint venture of the University of Houston and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center) and the Intercultural Cancer Council. For information on attending the conference: 1-855-878-0919 (toll-free) or E-mail: [email protected], http://iccnetwork.org