Metro Refugee Health Task Force - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Metro Refugee Health Task Force

Since the early 1980s, the Metro Refugee Health Task Force has brought together Twin Cities metropolitan area health professionals, social service workers, students, community members and others interested in refugee health issues. At monthly meetings, presentations by various individuals working in the field of refugee and immigrant health serve as a catalyst for group dialogue and networking. Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month, September through June.

The Task Force is currently coordinated by a staff member of the MDH Refugee and International Health Program and several partners. For more information on the Task Force or to receive notice of upcoming meetings, call 651-201-5414 and ask for someone from the Refugee and International Health Program.


Based on member survey feedback, we will be hosting the 2015-2016 meetings in a new location! Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of the month from 9-11 a.m. at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis.

Sabathani Community Center
Conference Room D
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409   

2015-2016 Meeting Dates

  • September 1, 2015
  • October 6, 2015
  • November 3, 2015
  • December 1, 2015
  • January off
  • February 2, 2016
  • March 1, 2016
  • April 5, 2016
  • May 3, 2016
  • June 7, 2016

Meeting Minutes and Presentations

The content of presentations and handouts that follow (including the photos) are solely the responsibility of the speaker/presenter not the Minnesota Department of Health.

March 1, 2016

February 2, 2016

  • Hepatitis B: The Overlooked Problem (PDF)
    Dr. Douglas Pryce and Dr. Leyla Warsame, Hennepin County Medical Center, presented culturally responsive practices for engaging foreign-born communities on hepatitis B prevention and management.
  • Hennepin County Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PDF)
    Sunny Chanthanouvong, executive director of the Lao Assistance Center of MN, led a panel of community members who discussed their experiences with Hepatitis B on their lives and loved ones.
  • Hepatitis B in MN (PDF)
    Genny Grilli, MDH Hepatitis Program, provided public health perspective at the state level. Joanna Przybilla, PHN, Hennepin County Public Health presented on the local public health perspective in Hepatitis B preventative work.

Past Meeting Archive

  • Meeting Archive
    An archive of past Metro Refugee Health Task Force meeting presentations.

Updated Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 01:33PM