Meet the HWN: Pa Nhia Her

23456196_1521147214618443_5303382927916045857_oPa Nhia Her was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters in Dental Public Health from A. T. Still University and aspires to work as a dentist in the near future. In the realm of oral health, she is fascinated in dental public health and dental policy. She completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at St. Catherine University. There, she is a member of Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society, and she served as the Co-President of SHE Pab: Voices of Hmong Women.

Aside from being a full-time student, she works as the Program Coordinator of the Minnesota Cavity Free Kids Program at Community Dental Care. Through her work, she served as an advisor to the Minnesota Department of Health’s Early Dental Disease Prevention Initiative or the Healthy Teeth, Healthy Baby Initiative. Additionally, Pa Nhia is researching with Dr. Vacharee Peterson in identifying barriers to caries prevention in high-risk communities.

23433259_1643312639023237_50254802_o-e1512355016179.jpgPa Nhia is also a member of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Outside of work, Pa Nhia is a member of the Hmong Health Care Professionals Coalition and served as their Co-Chair for the second annual Hmong Health Conference. Earlier this year, Pa Nhia was the commencement speaker for the 916 Northeast Metro graduation and award ceremony. Moreover, she is the founder of Cavity-Free Hmong Baby and seeks to increase the oral health literacy of the Hmong community. 

For the youth, Pa Nhia hopes to inspire them to stay faithful in their career paths. She wants to encourage the youth to pursue higher education and to learn more about their Hmong culture and language so that they can appreciate and value their Hmong identity. She also believes that the youth should engage in community activism. Additionally, Pa Nhia wishes to use her leadership experiences in combination with her education to empower young girls to become leaders in their community.

Follow Pa Nhia’s campaign in educating our community on prevention and care for child dental health on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cavityfreehmongbaby/

Contact Pa Nhia at: panhiak.her@hotmail.com

Watch our interview with Pa Nhia below:

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