Hmong health discussed at UC Merced

About 60 people gathered Thursday at UC Merced to discuss a topic that has been ignored for too long -- health problems in the Hmong population.

Sponsored by the Hmong Health Collaborative and UC Merced, the group included doctors, teachers, researchers and others looking at the disparity in health care among Hmong.

"The statistics are horrible," said Dr. Peter Kunstadter, program director of the University of California's Asian Health Program. He said he did research on PubMed, an online medical resource.

"There have been no comprehensive studies on diabetes in the Hmong at all."

Merced County is home to about 8,000 Hmong. The Fresno area has a Hmong population of about 25,000 -- the second-largest in the nation.