Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health

The Consortium works with the Milwaukee Hmong community for positive change regarding women's cancer health and wellness. This web site provides information on our partners and projects as well as cancer health resources.


For current project information and activities, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mkehmonghealth.



To engage the Hmong community of Milwaukee for positive change regarding women's cancer health and wellness.


To advance strategies for reducing the burden of women's cancers in the Milwaukee Hmong community.


  • Provide communication, education, and outreach on cancer issues
    • Develop, adapt, and implement educational programming to increase knowledge about cancer, Western medicine, and annual exams and screenings for women's cancers
    • Develop public service announcements and scripted dialogues on cancer, Western medicine, and annual exams and cancer screenings for use on Hmong radio programs
    • Educate providers about barriers to cancer screening for Hmong women, the importance of family members in medical decision-making, and the need to educate Hmong patients about the importance of preventive medicine and screenings
  • Build capacity to address cancer issues
    • Develop logo, brochure, and website for the Consortium
    • Coordinate existing offerings around Hmong health and women's cancer such as a list of resources of free and sliding scale clinics and a calendar of events
    • Encourage clan leaders to see health as an important issue and incorporate health discussions into clan events
    • Acquire funding to hire a coordinator for the Consortium
  • Address barriers to and encourage cancer screening and follow-up with women and physicians
    • Develop, adapt, and implement programs and interventions that increase access and uptake to screenings for women's cancers
    • Train women to talk to their families about cancer
    • Facilitate provision of English as a Second Language classes and increase availability and accessibility of interpreters; for example, provide a quick reference card on how to bill for interpreter services

Partner Agencies

Project Funder

Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP), University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Agencies' Members

The Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health has members from these following agencies


The Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health is always looking for ways to expand our efforts to improve the health of the Hmong community.

If you would like to get involved in any way, please contact us at MkeHmongHealth@gmail.com.


Examples of collaboration:

  • Joining the Consortium
  • Working together on grant applications
  • Donating resources or supplies
  • Volunteering with the Consortium
  • Acting as a Consortium advocate
  • Hosting Consortium representatives at health fairs, conferences, and other events
  • Building partnerships between your organization and the Consortium!

Volunteer Opportunities

Various activities throughout the year.
Please contact Mayhoua Moua at 414-800-4043.

About Us

Sarah Esmond
Ms. Esmond, Academic Partner, served as an academic partner and collaborator to the House of Peace team between 2006-2009. She has contributed to the development of the Consortium, its membership and has led several grant writing efforts to support the Consortium's work as well as the capacity of the Consortium members. Ms. Esmond serves as the Administrative Director of the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity, located in Madison, Wisconsin.
Katarina Grande
Katarina Grande, MPH, was a Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellow placed at the City of Milwaukee Health Department and the Center for Urban Population Health. She was an active part of the Consortium from October 2010 to 2012. She served as a project advocate, researcher, and curriculum co-developer. In addition to the Consortium, her Fellowship work has focused on qualitative evaluation, promoting methods to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections in Milwaukee, and analyzing a structural intervention to prevent HIV in Malawi. She is passionate about tackling health inequities both locally and abroad.
Mayhoua Moua
Mayhoua Moua is the current Project Manager. She was the Lay Health Educator Coordinator/Trainer from 2009-2013. She founded Moua Consulting Group, LLC, in which she uses her twenty years experiences in the not-for profit social services to close cultural gaps and language barrier. Ms. Moua has served on many boards of directors locally and nationally. She has been recognized and received awards for her work in the Wisconsin Woman Magazine twice, Wisconsin Historical Society, Portraits of Hmong Women, Milwaukee Business Journal, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Hmong Woman of the Year 2010, The Vatican II Award by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and the Catholic Herald.
Beth Peterman
Beth Peterman, Program Manager, is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the UW-Milwaukee. Beth Peterman was the Program Manager from 2006 to 2013. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the UW-Milwaukee (UWM) College of Nursing and the Nursing Center Director for the UWM House of Peace Community Nursing Center. She is also a clinical instructor for the College of Nursing. Beth has a Master's Degree in both Nursing and Business Management and has worked in community health, the hospital setting, as well as in the private sector as a clinical consultant. Her passion in nursing is focused on community, social justice and health inequity issues in both health and health care delivery.
Lisa Phillips
Lisa Phillips, Community Resource Advisor, has worked for the City of Milwaukee Health Department since December 1999 and has been the Wisconsin Well Woman Program manager since January 2008. Lisa has been involved with the Consortium for Hmong Health for the past several years in many capacities. Lisa has been involved in public health her entire working career and is compassionate about providing excellent breast and cervical cancer screening to women who are underinsured or uninsured. Lisa's goal is to ensure that all women who are eligible have access to the Wisconsin Well Woman program and that barriers to receiving these services are non-existent.
Shannon Sparks
Shannon Sparks, Academic Partner, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the UW School of Human Ecology. She holds a joint appointment with the American Indian Studies Program and is also an Affiliate of the Collaborative Center for Health Equity in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Sparks was trained as a cultural and medical anthropologist at the University of Arizona, where she received her doctorate in 2007. She is an applied, qualitative researcher whose work examines social determinants of health and health disparities as well as health care decision making and barriers to care. Dr. Sparks has been a member of the Consortium since 2009, and is the academic partner for the Consortium's "Healthy Hmong Women" project
Pang Vang
Pang C. Vang was the Project Coordinator/Lay Health Educator Trainer from 2006 to 2014. She currently serves as the Project's Health Education Consultant. She is a registered nurse and a certified health educator specialist with a master's degree in health education. She has expertise with health education program planning, assessment, implementation, and evaluation. Pang has been a key member with the Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health since its inception in 2006. Her passion is engaging communities to achieve maximal health and well-being.


Current Projects

The Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health (MCHH) consists of both statewide and local stakeholders on addressing cancer disparity issues in the Milwaukee Hmong community since 2008.


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Past Projects

2011 - 2013

Healthy Hmong Women (Poj Niam Hmoob Kev Noj Qab Haus Huv): Training Lay Health Educators to Address Cancer Health Disparities

Sponsor: Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP), University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

The goal of this pilot project is to increase rates of breast and cervical cancer screening and reduce cancer morbidity and mortality among Milwaukee Hmong women through development and implementation of culturally-appropriate lay health education and peer mentoring programs.

There are two parts to this project:

March 2010

Living Your Healthiest Life: A Hmong Cervical Cancer Awareness Luncheon

Sponsor: Wisconsin Well Women Program

This luncheon was the Consortium's first community education event. Featuring Dao Moua Fang, Kashia Health Research Director for the Hmong Women's Heritage Association in Sacramento, California and local Milwaukee-based lay Hmong speakers, luncheon participants were provided with information about cervical cancer and the importance of cancer screening.

2009 - 2010

Community Teams Program

Sponsor: Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute (HWLI)

Consortium representatives were selected to participate in this training program which provides continuing education in leadership and the practical skills needed to lead community health improvement. Consortium members represented: City of Milwaukee Health Department, St. Michael's Church, Hmong American Woman's Association, UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Institute for Urban Health Partnerships.

2008 - 2009

Kev Noj Qab Haus Huv Ntawm Poj Niam Hmoob Lub Neej (Staying Healthy as a Hmong Woman: Building Capacity to Address Cancer Disparities)

Sponsor: Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP), University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

The goal of this project was to develop a locally driven Consortium of stakeholders with shared interests in addressing cancer health disparities among Hmong women, with the ultimate aim of developing a community-based plan to increase cervical cancer screening rates and follow-up care among Hmong women in Milwaukee.

The project accomplished the following two objectives:

Calendar of Events

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August 2012 - May 2013

MCHH welcomes mentor request for Hmong breast or cervical cancer survivors.
For more information, contact Pang Vang at (414) 933-1590 or e-mail at pangvang@uwm.edu.
Or go to the Mentor Consent Form to fill out the online request form.

June 2012

MCHH starts Hmong breast and cervical cancer survivors training.

May 2012

Friday May 18, 2012, from 11am to 2pm

Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health
Join us for our first semi-annual meeting at the UWM House Of Peace Community Nursing Center!
1702 W. Walnut Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205

For more information, call us at (414) 933-1590 or email us at MkeHmongHealth@gmail.com.

March 2012

Hmong breast and cervical cancer workshops beginning March 2012 to October 2012.
Requests for workshops after October 2012 will be considered on a case by case basis.
For more information, contact Ka Lovang at (414) 344-9127.


Educational Videos

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Contact Us



Primary Contact

Mayhoua Moua

Executive Director

Southeast Asian Educational Development, Inc.
Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health
2414 West Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Secondary Contact

Bao Her

Community Health Worker

2414 West Vliet Street
Milwaukee WI 53205