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Jennifer Huong

I was born in Kampong Cham, and raised in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After Khmer Rouge, I escaped to Thailand refugee camps in 1981, where I spent about two years in several camps. In 1983 after spending 8 months in a Philippines refugee camp, I resettled in Salem, Oregon in mid-July 1983. I went to McKay High School and graduated in 1987. I moved to Seattle and went to Seattle Central Community College for two years, getting my AA degree. I started work at Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle, Washington in 1990 as a bilingual advocate for domestic violence. In 1994, I started work at Harborview Medical Center with the Community House Calls program founded by two medical directors. My role was and continues to be as a Cultural Mediator/Caseworker and Medical Interpreter. The program just had its 26th anniversary on April 18th, 2020. I was one of the first staff with this program, along with five colleagues from East Africa. The program now has ten caseworkers/ cultural mediators in the program, and we provide a bridge with patient/family/community and healthcare teams to provide culturally sensitive care In 2015, I completed my BA of Applied Behavior Science in Social and Human Services at Seattle Central Community College. Three years ago I was very fortunate to work with my colleagues from Public Health to start the Khmer Health Board (KHB). I am very proud and excited to see KHB established and moving forward with many generations that had passion and commitment to help our community.

Cambodians—Do you know what happens to unprocessed trauma? (Jennifer Huong, S1, Ep 11)

Jan. 9, 2023

This is Part II of our conversation on the Cambodian community with Jennifer Huong, a DSHS-certified Khmer interpreter and one of the founders of the Khmer Health Board Member. She was born in Kampong Cham, raised in Phnom P…