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.


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

Upcoming meetings

  • June 2, 2015
  • July and August off
  • September 1, 2015
  • October 6, 2015
  • November 3, 2015
  • December 1, 2015

Meeting Minutes and Presentations

Past meeting archive

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.

April 7, 2015

March 3, 2015

  • Minutes
    March 3, 2015 (PDF:119 KB/2 pages)
  • Presentation
    Serving Immigrants & Refugees in Minneapolis Public Schools (PDF:473 KB/34 pages)
    Martha Swanson, New Families Center, Minneapolis Public Schools, shared how the New Families Center helps identify and serve English Learners and place them in appropriate schools.
  • Presentation
    Aidyl Fonseca, Student Placement Center, St. Paul Public Schools, described the services and outreach offered by the Student Placement Center.
  • Presentation
    Kari Xiong, Family Welcome Center, Anoka-Hennepin Schools, talked about the assessment of reading, writing, and speaking skills to determine English Language (EL) service eligibility and placing the student in the closest school with the services they need.

February 3, 2015

  • Minutes
    February 3, 2015 (PDF: 101KB/3 pages)
  • Presentation
    Refugee Resettlement (PDF: 663KB/17 pages)
    Angela Fox from Catholic Charities talked about the resettlement process for refugees before they come to the United States including how individual cases are prioritized, the steps required to be relocated to the United States, and the complex interagency effort involving government and non-governmental partners in order to process refugee cases.
  • Presentation
    Resettlement in the U.S. Today (PDF: 621KB/15 pages)
    Michelle Eberhard from Arrive Ministries discussed refugee resettlement in Minnesota and the core services provided by the Voluntary Agencies (VOLAGs).

Past meeting archive

  • Meeting Archive
    An archive of Metro Refugee Health Task Force meetings held in 2013 and 2014, including meeting minutes and slide presentations.

Updated Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:52AM