Interpreter Trainer within California’s Healthcare Organizations
A. A. – Liberal Studies
Merced Community College
In collaboration with Claudia Angelelli, Ph. D., from the San Diego State University, she served as the principal interpreter and translator of a comprehensive health glossary for Hmong interpreters, and assisted in the development of other Hmong medical and mental health curriculum resources used to formally train Hmong interpreters throughout Central Valley.
WHAT I DO AT WORK
Today, I am a recognized interpreter trainer within California’s healthcare organizations. I’ve served as the principal translator to a comprehensive health glossary for Hmong interpreters, and assisted in the development of other Hmong medical and mental health curriculum resources used to formally train Hmong interpreters throughout Central Valley. I co-founded the Partners in Healing Program that recognize Hmong shamans as an important and vital role in the spiritual healing process. Through our efforts, Hmong shaman were allowed to perform traditional ceremonies in Merced hospitals without Hospital staff supervision.
I continue to lead shaman orientation classes and support them in their continuing educational to fulfill requirements to meet the needs of the hospital. I served as a board member at Southeast Asian American Professional Association (SEA-APA). I currently serve as the Director of Southeast Asian Services at Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Health Equity Project, where I advocate for local policy changes to meet the health needs of the diverse community. I work for Merced County Human Services Agency as Coordinator for Hmong Women’s Initiative Special Project.
I was born in Xieng Khouang Province, Laos in 1955 as a granddaughter to Lo Kaitong Blia Yao. I was one of the few fortunate Hmong girls to receive an education through the Lao-French school system in Vientiane, Laos in the early 1970’s. I came to the United States in my early 20’s with my husband and three children. We first settled in Richmond, Virginia in 1976 but ultimately settled down in Merced County in 1977.There,I enrolled in Merced College to hone my communication skills that I then used to help the local clinic and WIC programs. It was here that I began my lifelong calling in healthcare advocacy and professional interpretation services for Hmong families, especially for Hmong women in family planning and prenatal care.