Term: December 2020 to January 2024
Ma Xiong joins the Council as an analyst with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, where she leads the evaluation of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) responsible for delivering integrated mental health and substance abuse care.
A St. Paul native, and the daughter of refugees, Ms. Xiong holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in epidemiology. While engaged in research at the U of M, Mayo Clinic, and Hennepin County Medical Center, she witnessed first-hand the importance of disaggregating data, and how data can be used to represent or misrepresent a community. She is an enthusiastic networker, and encourages members of state government and the community to reach out to her.
In her spare time, Ms. Xiong loves to travel to gain new perspectives on the world. She’s also an experienced cross-stitcher, having gained an appreciation for Hmong arts and crafts from her mother.
About the Hmong Minnesotan community:
The Twin Cities metropolitan area is home to the largest concentration
of Hmong in the United States. With a state population of more than 66,000, the first Hmong arrived in the state in 1975 after the fall of Saigon signaling the end of the Vietnam War. The Hmong are an ethnic group that defy geographic boundaries—communities have historically existed
in southwest China, Laos, Thailand, and other neighboring countries.