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), Danushka Wandurangala from MDH (Refugee Health Program), and Andrea Everson from Wellshare International. 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 2014 meetings are to be determined unless otherwise noted.
- June 3, 2014
- September 2, 2014
- October 7, 2014
- November 4, 2014
- December 2, 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.
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.