Officials from the Obama administration will be in town this weekend at the Hmong National Conference, working with local officials to “increase participation in vital federal health care, education, housing and community development programs.”
The 15th annual conference is at the Marriott City Center and includes workshops, speeches and arts events.
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will have officials there for two events:
Friday, 12:30 p.m. — Housing and Urban Development Deputy Assistant Secretary Francey Lim Youngberg, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Executive Director Kiran Ahuja, and Department of Education senior counselor Donald Yu discuss Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in federal programs and services.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. — White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Executive Director Kiran Ahuja, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders member Doua Thor, Health and Human Services outreach specialist Lina Choudhry Rashid, Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger and Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum Vice President Mee Moua discuss health care programs at the federal, state and local levels.
Officials say Minnesota’s Asian American and Pacific Islander population is growing at record rates, with Hmong the largest ethnic group in that mix. Federal and state agencies are looking at how public services meet the population’s needs.