Connie Mom-Chhing, DM, MPA

Connie Mom-Chhing, DM, MPA.
Nominated by NAMI Southwest Washington (WA)
Member, NAMI Southwest Washington (WA)
Listen to Connie's Candidate Speech

Specific Strengths and Attributes:

  • Diversity of age, race, ethnicity, language, experience and national geography
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic community and track record with donor cultivation
  • Experience with a variety of revenue models and financial oversight and management
  • Health care/medicine especially in team-based practice that provides integrated physical and mental health care
  • Criminal Justice experience, professional and/or lived, to provide insight into one of the central platforms of the NAMI 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

Job Title or Position:

  • Director, Integrated Managed Care, Community Health Plan of Washington

NAMI Programs:

  • NAMI Advocacy; NAMIWalks

Other Board Service:

  • Member, Board of Directors, Khmer Buddhist Organization of Pacific Northwest, 6 years (President, 6 years)
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Cambodian American Board, 10 years
  • Founding Member/Instructor, The Khmer Angkor Dance Troupe of Vancouver, WA, 29 years

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Family member or direct/front-line support of someone with a mental health condition.

I'm honored to be nominated as one of the candidates for NAMI Board as I strongly feel that my personal and working experiences would allow me to support NAMI's mission of advocacy, education, support, and public awareness of mental health. As a survivor of the Cambodian genocide that took place from 1975-1979, my family and I have lost many family members, experienced and re-experience from time to time the trauma of war which has significantly impacted my family members and my own childhood experiences. My family and I have been able to cope with lifelong trauma through the guiding principles of hope and compassion for those in need.

It is through my own alignment of personal values with that of NAMI that has inspired me to seek this leadership position on NAMI Board.

Furthermore, I strongly feel that my extensive knowledge of and working experience in the health care field with an emphasis on integrated care would further NAMI's work to support families of different ethnic backgrounds who are underserved and underrepresented, as well as the broader community across the nation. I would also be able to contribute to NAMI my leadership experience in starting, operating, and sustaining nonprofit organizations that have made a difference in many lives.

I have personally helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by promoting the public awareness of mental health, and supporting and participating in NAMI initiatives for the past 20 plus years.

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by my leadership in helping to spearhead the planning and implementation of behavioral health and primary care integration throughout WA state.

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