H2N – Hmong and Hispanic Communication Network

Bridging the communication gap to provide health information to at-risk communities

The Hmong and Hispanic Communication Network (H2N) collaborates with public health organizations, health systems, resource agencies, and community organizations to provide Hmong and Hispanic communities with resources and tools to better withstand the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since May of 2020, H2N clinics and outreach efforts have provided over 1,000 people with COVID-19 vaccines, over 500 people with flu vaccines, and thousands with COVID-19 resources in their own language. Community members are also encouraged to share their concerns and ideas, which allows H2N to better understand and serve these communities.

H2N utilizes Community Coordinators (CC) and a network of Community Health Workers (CHW) to deliver messaging about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to reinforce the risks and long-term effects associated with COVID-19 infections, to educate about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, to build routineness around being immunized, and to help community members access COVID-19 vaccine.

Contact H2N

General Email:  h2n.chw@gmail.comHmong Team Phone: 715-680-9563Hmong coordinators: Hmongshee KhangHispanic Team Phone: 715-903-6427
Hispanic coordinators: Tony Gonzalez, Olga Meza, Norma Castro

Back in March when COVID started, there was a realization that everybody needs to be reached with public health information, health system information, resources, and not all populations were being reached the same.

Dr. Corina Norrbom
WIPPS Health Policy Fellow in an interview with WSAW-TV

H2N representatives act as a reliable source of information and resources for community members. Community coordinators and community health workers stay up to date on new information, resources, protocols, regulations and guidelines concerning COVID-19 and vaccinations. These resources are then provided to community members in their own language.

Community members are reached in several ways including visits to farms, community events, Hispanic and Hmong grocery stores, churches, and food distribution events.

In addition to COVID-19 resources and information, H2N has been able to provide individuals with resources for food/rental assistance, mental health services, domestic abuse, legal rights, and more. The relationships and connections made by H2N Community Health Workers can provide future support and aid to underserved populations. Programs like H2N are a potent tool to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities.

Collaborating Organizations

• Hmong American Center
• Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin
• Marathon County Health Department
• Aspirus
• Asociación Hispana-Americana
• Marshfield Clinic Health System
• E.A.G. Interpreters Hispanic Outreach
• Hmong WI Chamber of Commerce
• Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc.
• Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin
• Wood County Health Department
• Portage County Health Department
• AMI
• LENA Start Marathon County
• Wausau Free Clinic
• United Way of Marathon County
• Bridge Community Clinic
• Abby Area Collaborative Team
• Wisconsin DHS
• Covering Wisconsin
• Mexican Consulate Mobile Outreach partners

Learn more about H2N’s History and Background

H2N’s positive impact goes just beyond the individuals and communities they serve. By working as a Community Coordinator or Community Health Worker, those passionate about helping others, young people, and students get hands on experience in public health work, serving the needs of communities, as well as mentorship from doctors and other health professionals.

Meet the Team

H2N in the News

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