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 Sara Chute from MDH (Refugee Health Program), Andrea Everson from Wellshare International, and Danushka Wandurangala from the Emergency Community Health Outreach Program (ECHO). For more information on the Task Force or to receive notice of upcoming meetings, contact Sara Chute at 651-201-5543.
SAVE THE DATE!
Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of the month from 9-11 a.m. Locations for 2013 meetings are to be determined unless otherwise noted.
- December 3, 2013
- No meeting in January
- February 4, 2014
- March 4, 2014
- April 1, 2014
- May 6, 2014
- June 3, 2014
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.
October 1, 2013 (PDF: 88KB/2 pages)
Health Reform in Minnesota (PDF: 649KB/31 pages)
Alyssa Von Ruden with the Department of Commerce talked about health reform in Minnesota and changes from the Affordable Care Act.
- Handouts - brochures
What you need to know about health insurance (PDF: 70KB/2 pages)
Health Reform 101: What consumers need to know (PDF: 77KB/2 pages)
Health Reform 101: What small businesses need to know (PDF: 77KB/2 pages)
Eliminating Health Disparities Initiatives (EHDI) Health & Wellness Program (PDF: 937KB/27 pages)
Abdullahi Sheikh discussed his experiences working on the Brian Coyle Health and Wellness Program.
September 3, 2013 (PDF: 85KB/2 pages)
Refugee Health Program Update (PDF: 1.51MB/63 pages)
Kailey Nelson, MPH, epidemiologist; Blain Mamo, MPH, interim refugee health coordinator; and Laura Doggett, MPH, refugee outreach coordinator; gave an update on the MDH Refugee Health Program including 2012 refugee arrival statistics.
June 7, 2013 (PDF:80KB/2 pages)
East African Smoke-Free Program (PDF:857KB/24 pages)
Saida Mohamed, Abdillahi Ganey, and Andy Tompsett with WellShare International described the East African Smoke-Free Program aimed at reducing harm caused by tobacco among Somali and other East African children, youth, and young adults.
May 7, 2013 (PDF:30KB/1 page)
- Video and presentation
The documentary film, Broken Dreams, was screened. The film looks into questions about the disappearance of young Somali men from Minneapolis. Fathia Absie, director and producer, lead a discussion after the film.
April 2, 2013 (PDF:37KB/2 pages)
Karen Gerdin talked about the Adult Basic Education programs provided by the Hubbs Center in St. Paul. Attention: Non-MDH link
Patricia Ohmans, MPH; and Tony Schmitz, coordinators for the Exchange, shared information about their online archive of health education materials that have been translated into languages spoken by Minnesota's recent immigrants and refugees. Attention: Non-MDH link
February 5, 2013 (PDF:63KB/2 pages)
Rachele King, director of Refugee Services, Minnesota Council of Churches, provided an overview of the process of identifying refugees overseas and determining which refugees will be resettled in another country. Attention: Non-MDH link
Refugees: A National and Historical Perspective (PDF:3.21MB/43 pages)
Ann O'Fallon, consultant for Health Advocates, presented the historical perspective on refugee resettlement in the United States.
January 8, 2013 (PDF:101KB/2 pages)
APA ComMNet REACH CORE: Eliminating Health Disparities for AAPIs (PDF:3.55MB/90 pages)
Asian Media Access (AMA) provided an update on their REACH Core Project with findings on health trends among the top eight Asian ethnic groups living in Minnesota. Attention: Non-MDH link
The Statewide Tobacco Education and Engagement Project (STEEP) discussed how to create health policies with organizations to protect the health of the organization, its participants, and the environment. Information about STEEP can be found on the Lao Family Community of Minnesota: Collaborative Programs website. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Meeting Archive
An archive of Metro Refugee Health Task Force meetings held in 2011 and 2012, including meeting minutes and slide presentations.