Hmoob Lub Neej Project

The Hmong are Wisconsin’s largest Asian American group. Having arrived as refugees, they maintain a strong sense of community and culture as they integrate into American society. They have shown remarkable resilience in the face of many challenges. To date, limited research has examined their health and well-being.

Hmoob Lub Neej (Hmong People’s Lives) is a collaboration between researchers at UW-Madison and a Hmong community partner, the Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Associations (WUCMAA). It is supported by funding from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and the National Institute on Aging.

The goal of the project is to increase the representation of Wisconsin’s Hmong community in health research and to produce data about the Hmong community while centering Hmong voices. Hmoob Lub Neej researchers connect with Hmong older adults (over the age of 50) to gather data on their life experiences and health concerns. The project is developing linguistically and culturally appropriate survey questions for Hmong participants and aims to administer a survey to assess health and well-being in the Hmong community in 2024-2025.

Hmoob yog ib haiv neeg Asian coob tshaj nyob rau lub xeev Wisconsin, thiab yog haiv neeg mob siab los khaws lawv tej kab li kev cai thiab keeb kwm tseg tsis hais nyob rau qhov twg.

Vim li no, cov kws tshawb fawb nyob rau lub UW-Madison, thiab lub koos haum Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Associations (WUCMAA) thiaj tau los koom tes los tshawb txog haiv neeg Hmoob lub neej. Cov txhawb nqa thiab pab tshwm nyiaj rau zaum no yog University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, thiab National Institute on Aging.

Hmoob Lub Neej project cov kws tshawb fawb thiab cov tub ntxhais Hmoob kawm ntawv qib siab, nyob rau lub UW-Madison, lub hom phiaj yog los koom tes nrog cov niam txiv Hmoob muaj 50 xyoo rau sauv, sau khaws cia thiab kaw cov lus tham txog lawv lub neej tsiv teb tsaws chaw tuaj nyob rau teb chaws MesKas no, thiab txoj kev txhawj xeeb txog kev mob nkeeg. Qhov kev tshawb fawb no yuav pab qhia rau kws kho mob thiab cov neeg ua hauj lwm nrog Hmoob kom paub thiab nkag siab txog Hmoob lub neej, Hmoob txoj kev xav, thiab kev txhawj xeeb.

Please contact the Hmoob Lub Neej research team at +1 (608) 263-8616 or

Hmoob Lub Neej Team

Michal Engelman

Credentials: MisQhos IvNkausMeem

Position title: Principal Investigator

Maichou Lor

Credentials: Maiv Tsu Lauj

Position title: Principal Investigator

Lisa Vang

Credentials: Liv Xam Vaj

Position title: Research Specialist

Mai Zoua Xiong

Credentials: Maiv Zuag Xyooj

Position title: Research Specialist

Pa Zong Chang

Credentials: Paj Zoo Tsab

Position title: Interviewer

Tom Chang

Credentials: Thoos Tsab

Position title: Data Analyst

Areeya Her

Credentials: As Lis Yas Hawj

Position title: Interviewer

Suchart Her

Credentials: Xuv Tshaj Hawj

Position title: Interviewer

Sydney Thao

Credentials: Xis Nyiam Thoj

Position title: Data Analyst

Anthony Xiong

Credentials: As Tas Nis Xyooj

Position title: Translator & Transcriber

Mai Lee Xiong

Credentials: Maiv Lis Xyooj

Position title: Interviewer

Funding Acknowledgement

This project is supported by the National Institute on Aging (R24 AG077012) and an award titled “Diversity, Inclusion, and Aging in the Midwest: Opportunities for New Directions (DIAMOND) with Wisconsin’s Hmong Communities” from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
Ua tsaug rau cov txhawb nqa thiab cov pab tshwm nyiaj raws li ntawm no, National Institute on Aging (R24 AG077012), University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, thiab Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.