The Wausau Area Hmong Association, Northcentral Technical College, the American Red Cross Marathon County Chapter, and area health providers collaborated to present a series of Saturday health and safety workshops for the Hmong community. They were held at the Health Sciences Building of Northcentral Technical College, with Hmong interpretation provided for all English speakers. They began at 9:00 am, with blood pressure and blood sugar screening by Red Cross nurses. NTC approved the guest instructors and provided certificates of attendance. The Hmong association staff coordinated registration, transportation, childcare, interpretation, door prizes, and refreshments, lead by Blong Yang, Health Navigator and Media Specialist.
On Saturday, December 9, Jenny Legaspi, Disaster Services Coordinator for the local American Red Cross, presented Home Fire Prevention [Tiv Thaiv Vaaj Tsev Kub nyab] and Winter Weather Preparedness [Npaaj Tsua Lub Caij Ntuj No]. Ms. Legaspi, a native of the Philippines, experienced several natural disasters in her home country before coming to Wisconsin when she was 13. She also worked in New Orleans following Katrina; some of the families she worked with were Vietnamese. The curriculum is based on a three part Hmong Presenter