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 Danushka Wanduragala from MDH (Refugee and International Health), Andrea Everson from Wellshare International, and Tracy Schumacher from Catholic Charities. For more information on the Task Force or to receive notice of upcoming meetings, contact Danushka Wanduragala at 651-201-5587.
SAVE THE DATE!
Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of the month from 9-11 a.m. in the Larpenteur Room at the TIES Event Center.
1644 Larpenteur St.
St. Paul, MN 55108
- February 3, 2015
- March 3, 2015
- April 7, 2015
- May 5, 2015
- June 2, 2015
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.
December, 2, 2014
December 2, 2014 (PDF: 100KB/2 pages)
Trauma-Informed Care for Refugee and Immigrant Clients (PDF: 4.4MB/10 pages)
Sue Johnston, LICSW, a trauma psychotherapist, discussed trauma-informed care for non-mental health providers working with refugee and immigrant clients. She shared common misconceptions and shared tips for working with clients in distress.
October 7, 2014
October 7, 2014 (PDF: 90KB/2 pages)
Healing children. Protecting childhood. (PDF: 891KB/21 pages)
Erin Jurkovich and Sophia Jones with Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Twin Cities discussed the conditions treated and available services at Shriners Hospitals for Children. Attention: Non-MDH link
Analysis of South Asian Culture, Demographics and Health in MN -- Implications for Healthcare System (PDF: 1.3MB/27 pages)
Kamala Puram, AshaUSA founder, and Sayali Amarapurkar, AshaUSA board member, presented the results of the SAHAT health survey and shared cultural information about health beliefs and behaviors common in health systems in South Asia. Attention: Non-MDH link
September, 2, 2014
September 2, 2014 (PDF: 88KB/ 2 pages)
Minnesota's Refugee Health Program Overview (PDF: 2.23MB/66 pages)
Staff from the MDH Refugee Health Program gave an overview of their work including core functions of the program, Minnesota refugee data, community outreach projects, and more.
June 3, 2014
June 3, 2014 (PDF: 123KB/2 pages)
Minneapolis Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Project (PDF: 1.07MB/45 pages)
Dr. Joe Reichle from the University of Minnesota gave an update on the Minneapolis Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Project.
Autism Spectrum Disorders & The Somali Community (PDF: 50KB/9 pages)
Barb Dalbec, RN, PHN, and Asli Ashkir, PHN consultant, from the MDH Children & Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHN) Section gave an overview of their work and an update of current activities.
May 6, 2014
May 6, 2014 (PDF: 96KB/2 pages)
Refugees from Bhutan (PDF: 1.05MB/16 pages)
Til Pokwal and Sita Koirala from the Bhutanese Community of Minnesota (BCOM) shared the history of the Bhutanese Lothsampa refugees and their experiences resettling in the U.S. BCOM staff also described the development of BCOM and the status of the Bhutanese community here in Minnesota.
April 1, 2014
April 1, 2014 (PDF: 150KB/5 pages)
A Focus on the Karen Refugees from Burma (PDF: 788KB/20 pages)
Ehtaw Dwee gave a brief background of the Karen in Burma and answered questions from the task force about the Karen living in Minnesota.
Journey to Burma and Thailand (PDF: 2.71MB/66 pages)
A group of presenters shared their experiences from a recent trip to Thailand and Burma, including three refugee camps along the border. The trip was not sponsored by an agency or group, but rather as private individuals.
March 4, 2014
March 4, 2014 (PDF: 91KB/2 pages)
ECHO - 2013 Programming Survey Results (PDF:919KB/16 pages)
Danushka Wanduragala, former community outreach and assessment manager at ECHO, presented the results of the 2013 ECHO annual survey showing what health education topics need to be addressed for immigrant and refugee populations.
February 4, 2014
February 4, 2014 (PDF: 103KB/2 pages)
Democratic Republic of the Congo (PDF: 1.9MB/37 pages)
Nadine Ngango, Congolese community member and recent public health graduate, provided an overview of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including demographics, major languages, religions, cultural traditions, and history of the conflicts that have occurred and continue to occur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Meeting Archive
An archive of Metro Refugee Health Task Force meetings held in 2012 and 2013, including meeting minutes and slide presentations.