March 27th, 2015 – MINNEAPOLIS – The Family Partnership’s Diversity Social Work Advancement Program (DSWAP) interns are wrapping up another season working with KPNP 1600 AM’s “Hmong Radio Show.” The project was launched in 2013 by DSWAP Clinical Supervisor, True J. Thao, as a way to provide psycho-education to the Hmong community on mental health issues.
Bao Herr, Amanda Moua, Mai Ku Moua, and Francois Vang, current DSWAP students, took the lead on the project in September 2014 in an effort to expand their professional growth and fulfill their learning agreement with The Family Partnership.
Participating DSWAP interns are on the air live twice a month. Their goal is to bring awareness on health disparities, and discuss topics, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), civil commitment, domestic violence, depression, and other issues related to the well-being of Hmong families and individuals.
Through these bi-monthly radio sessions, the Hmong community has gained knowledge from a variety of guest professionals, including academic professors and practitioners.
The “Hmong Radio Show” will run until mid-May 2015, with previous sessions available to the public at KPNP1600.com. Look for the dated “The Family Partnership” links on the bottom right side of the page.
The University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University have both shown interest in the “Hmong Radio Show,” and strongly believe in the program’s mission, “To recruit racially and ethnically diverse second-year Masters of Social Work students for internships so that they can complete graduate school.” Vang is scheduled to speak at both universities on his experiences with The Family Partnership, the DSWAP program, and the “Hmong Radio Show.”