Language, Culture Barriers Persist for Hmong Patients
In a study released last week, the Hmong Health Collaborative in California found that language and cultural differences are key barriers to health care for young adult Hmong residents in the state. The survey of Hmong women and men ages 18 to 46 -- released by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at California State University-Fresno -- found that poor communication and a lack of culturally competent care were the primary reasons for Hmong adults' hesitancy to seek health care. Other barriers include a disconnect between Western and Hmong medicine and a lack of insurance.
- "Young Hmong Go to the Doctor Less Often" (Anderson, "News Blog," Fresno Bee, 11/11).