Jen Huong was born in Kampong Cham, raised in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After Khmer Rouge, she escaped to Thailand refugee camps in 1981 where she spent 2 years in several camps. In 1983, after spending 8 months in Philippines refugee camp, she resettled to Salem, Oregon. She went to McKay High School and graduated in 1987. She moved to Seattle and went to Seattle Central Community College for 2 years obtained her associates degree. Since 1990, she began her work as an advocate at the Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle Washington as a bilingual advocate for domestic violence. In 1994, she began her work at Harborview Medical Center with the Community House Calls Program that founded by two medical directors. Her role was and continues to be as a Cultural Mediator, Caseworker, and Medical Interpreter. The program recently had its 26 years 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 and cultural mediators in the program.
Jen and her colleagues provides a bridge with patient/family/community and healthcare teams to provide culturally sensitive care. In 2015, Jen completed her BA of Applied Behavior Science in Social and Human Services at Seattle Central Community College. Three years ago, she was very fortunate to work with colleagues from Public Health - Seattle & King County to start the Khmer Health Board (KHB). She is proud of and excited to see KHB become more established and move forward with many generations that share a similar passion and commitment to help the community.