PhD student Mai Xiong Selected for National Leadership Program

Headshot of Mai standing in front on a concrete wall.
Mai Xiong

PhD student Mai Xiong has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs. These programs connect change-makers across the country to work on creating more just and thriving communities.

Mai was selected for the Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) program. Designed for doctoral students from historically marginalized backgrounds and populations underrepresented in specific disciplines, Health Policy Research Scholars helps students from all fields apply their work to policies that advance equity and health while building a diverse network of leaders who reflect our changing national demographics.

The focus of Mai’s work is on health disparities and health equity amongst historically underrepresented and underserved communities in America. Specifically, Mai is interested in an emerging field, HMong mental health. Her work aims to examine and inquire about HMong mental health needs and accessibility, along with a vision to assess mental health practice and policies and cultural accountability.

To learn more about Health Policy Research Scholars and RWJF’s other leadership programs, and to meet other participants, visit