Giang Pham awarded grants to strengthen speech-language services for Vietnamese communities

February 27, 2013

Giang Pham, Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders, was recently awarded two grants to strengthen communication needs and services to Vietnamese communities regionally and abroad.

The UMass International Studies Council and International Programs Office awarded Dr. Pham an Internationalization Grant to conduct an exploratory trip to Vietnam during the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Pham will be investigating ways to incorporate an international perspective on speech and language disorders into the curriculum and to establish connections with universities in Vietnam for potential student and clinical exchanges.

“This is an important first step to establishing mutually beneficial partnerships with Vietnam that could enrich teaching, learning, and research experiences for students in Communication Disorders and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences,” notes Dr. Pham.

Dr. Pham also received, in conjunction with the Springfield Vietnamese American Civic Association (SVACA), a collaborative projects grant from the Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center. She will work with the SVACA to identify gaps in the communication needs and available services for children who speak Vietnamese as a home language.

“The combination of these two opportunities enables me to ‘work locally, think globally,’ added Dr. Pham. “I am very excited to work with the Vietnamese American community here in Western Massachusetts. This project is the first step to building a long lasting relationship between the community and university that will hopefully lead to intervention studies to promote first and second language development, an issue that affects many refugee and immigrant populations whether the home language is Vietnamese, Spanish, Urdu, or Somali.”

This project will be the first collaboration between UMass Amherst and the Vietnamese American community in Western Massachusetts.

Updated April 24, 2013:

Giang Pham's work with Project CANVAS, Community-based Needs Assessment for Vietnamese Americans in Springfield, is featured in a story in The Republican. The project assesses the language skills of young Vietnamese Americans and seeks to help them strengthen their skills and preserve ties to families and culture. Read more about Project CANVAS and Pham's work here.