KHMER HEALTH BOARD

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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTOR

The Khmer Health Board is made up of Khmer American Professionals in health care, public, health, and social services that serve King County of Washington. The KHB understands the unique needs of the Khmer community living within the King County region through shared and lived experiences, and our members’ community work.
SAMANTHA YEUN
Board Co-Chair
JAMES HENG
Board Co-Chair
JEN HUONG
Board Co-Founder
SINANG LEE
Board Co-Founder
THYDA ROS
Community Ambassador
VEDA TING
Board Treasurer
PHANITH TOUCH
Board Member
CARA THAN
Board Member
Ryan Seng
Board Member

OUR PURPOSE

Advocate on behalf of the community on health issues and other priority needs affecting daily living. We act as an advisory group to collect the voices of our community and offer recommendations to advance health equity through changes in policies, systems, and community conditions. We work on capturing health disparity data to inform our advocacy work, funders, and agency decision-makers.

Be a hub to connect providers and agency resources to the Khmer community. We build partnerships and facilitate mutual learning to enhance the knowledge and skills among the community to access resources and navigate the health and social services systems.

WHY?

The Khmer people are among the most heavily traumatized groups of people in the county. A great number of Khmer refugees settled in the county following the Khmer Rouge genocide (1975-1979), which grew out of US led military destabilization and bombing of Cambodia. Four decades after resettlement, the Khmer diaspora continue to suffer in comparison to other refugee groups. The Khmer diaspora has persevered for decades, but the aftermaths of historic, violent, and inherited trauma remains unrelenting as demonstrated by limited access to reliable information in the Khmer language, understudied and under-recognized negative health outcomes, and a community voice fragmented by apathy, geography, and intergeneration disconnect.

We hope that our work will empower and build trust in the community.
HELP US ACHIEVE OUR VISION. TOGETHER WE CAN MOVE OUR COMMUNITY TOWARDS BETTER HEALTH.
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