Our research team has many years of experience in the community, with health care, research in cancer, technology, and public health. Meet our research team below:
Dr. Hee Yun Lee is a professor at the University of Alabama and has 12 years of experience in cancer screening and prevention research using mobile applications in the Hmong and Korean American community.
Dr. Kathie Culhane-Pera has worked with the Hmong community in the US and in Thailand for more than 30 years. She is a doctor and medical director of quality at West Side Community Health Services. Dr. Culhane-Pera is a founding member of the SoLaHmo Partnership for Health and Wellness, a community-based research group working with Hmong, Somali, and Latino communities.
Dr. Joe Koopmeiners is a professor in biostatistics at the University of Minnesota and is leading the study analysis.
Dr. Jay Desai is research investigator at HealthPartners Institute with 23 years of experience in public health, health care system, and health equity research.
Ms. Shannon Pergament is co-director of community based research and founding member of SoLaHmo at West Side Community Health Services. She has over 20 years of experience in health disparities research and 10 years of working with the Hmong American community to improve health equity.
Mr. Bai Vue is a community researcher with SoLaHmo. He is bilingual in Hmong and English. He has worked on several research projects in the Hmong community.
Ms. Serena Xiong is a community researcher with SoLaHmo. She is bilingual in Hmong and English. She has worked on several research projects in the Hmong community and is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Beatriz Torres is a professor at Mercyhurst University and has over 20 years of health communications expertise.
Mr. Tounhia Khang is the study project coordinator and is fluent in Hmong and English. He is currently a Masters of Public Health graduate student at the University of Minnesota.
Mr. John Behr is Director of ETI, Educational Technology Innovations, at the University of Minnesota. He led the ETI team in the creation of the Hmong HPV web application.
Serena Xiong, MPH