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Bridging cultural divide

Harry Tran gazes at his reflection during an in-home visit in Garden Grove by VietMOMS counselor Annie Nguyen. The VietMOMS program offers options to new mothers in a culturally sensitive way on how to care for their newborns. Social services agencies in Orange County, home to the nation’s largest Vietnamese population, say programs that reexamine subtleties of Vietnamese culture are a more effective way to engage that community. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
VietMOMS coordinator Annie Nguyen gets 3-month-old Harry Tran’s attention during a visit to his Garden Grove apartment. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Various agencies in Orange County are trying new methods to deliver healthcare and other services to the area’s big Vietnamese American population. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
VietMOMS coordinator Annie Nguyen holds 3-month-old Harry Tran as she consults with new mother Hien Nguyen in Garden Grove. The VietMOMS program’s aim is to develop a manual for delivering care to Vietnamese women, coordinator Ailene Ly said. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)