Bounthanh L. Phommasathit, BSW, MS

Ohio Asian American Health Coalition
Columbus, OH

Bounthanh is Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of Diversified Health Management, a family business that provides health and social services to former Southeast Asian refugees, mainstream elders, and disabled populations. She served as Program Coordinator for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health from 1996 to 2012 and Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging from 1995 to 1996. She was employed at Columbus Public Health from 1993 to 1995, and Franklin County Jobs and Family Services from 1980 to 1992. Her employment with local government entities have established her formal experiences working with refugees, immigrants, and mainstream populations in the area of health and social services. Her roles at local, state, and regional levels were centered on program development, project management, and community health planning and development with focus on building strong communities. She draws energy from the experiences of refugees, immigrants, minority groups, and other underserved populations and learning about their strengths in addressing health issues.

Bounthanh is of Southeast Asian descent, a bombing survivor, and former refugee. Her interest in public health is driven by concerns for education, health, and socioeconomic status of refugees and immigrants from Southeast Asia. Her firsthand experience as a refugee and immigrant in the United States provides her with unique insight into language, culture, system barriers, and health issues experienced by minority groups. Her passion is assuring that health and socioeconomic issues are being pragmatically developed and addressed. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and a Master of Science in Human Services Management from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Bounthanh is fluent in Lao and English.

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