MCW-Central Wisconsin Physician Shares Hmong Culture with Wausau Community Members
As part of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s - Central Wisconsin’s (MCW-CW) Physician in the Community Pathways course, Dr. Corrie Norrbom, MD and Dr. Amy Prunuske, PhD, Pathways course directors at MCW-Central Wisconsin shared the Hmong culture with a group of community members. On July 20, 2017, they visited the Hmong exhibit at the Wausau Center Hmong Museum and then the Hmong community gardens, sharing a meal with the garden director, the gardeners and their families. Medical students learned about the Hmong culture, common Hmong health practices and beliefs, typical medical concerns and traditional treatments in the Hmong community. They also learned about the benefits of the community gardening program to the Hmong community in the area and sampled some traditional Hmong foods.
The MCW-CW Physician in the Community Pathways course links education with community needs and assets to prepare students to effectively care for their patients, promote community health and reduce health disparities. According to census estimates, Wausau’s Marathon County alone is home to nearly 7,500 Asian residents, the vast majority being Hmong Americans.