MQVN Community Development Corporation, Inc. (MQVN CDC) was established by community leaders in May 2006 to assist Vietnamese-Americans in New Orleans East in rebuilding their lives and their community after hurricane Katrina.

In the immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina, MQVN CDC played a leading role in providing emergency relief assistance as well as in organizing Vietnamese-American residents to play an active role in the rebuilding of the community surrounding New Orleans East area.

MQVN CDC's mission is to preserve and promote our unique diversity and to improve the quality of life of residents in the Greater New Orleans area, beginning in New Orleans East.  

With the mission to build a neighborhood-based Community Health Center for the medically underserved community of New Orleans East, the Mary Queen of Viet Nam Community Development Corporation partnered with the Tulane School of Medicine and the Tulane City Center on the redesign of a former post office building within the neighborhood for utilization as a comprehensive primary care center for the area’s largely Vietnamese-American community. The existing facility lacked space to accommodate a community that was gradually returning to the neighborhood and continuing to grow, especially with the influx of a Latino workforce.

The first phase of the project involves the renovation of the existing building, while strategic visioning allows for a 10,000 square foot addition. The design of the project aims to take advantage of the unique opportunities presented by transforming the space of a former post office into a sustainably-minded patient focused health clinic. Vietnamese patterns and landscaping are used to add cultural specificity to the project while being inclusive to all community members.


Project Team

Scott Berger
Joseph Keppel
Rebecca Miller

Project Lead

Thaddeus Zarse


Tulane School of Medicine
Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC