Minority and Multicultural Health Projects
Community Health Worker Project
Minnesota’s Community Health Worker Project is a statewide initiative whose mission is to reduce cultural and linguistic barriers to health care, improve quality and cost effectiveness of care, and increase the number of health care workers who come from diverse backgrounds or underserved communities. Community Health Workers come from the communities they serve, working at the grassroots level building trust and vital relationships which make them effective culture brokers between their own communities and systems of care. CHWs:
- Teach navigation through the health care system - increasing health care access
- Educate health care knowledge – lowering health disparities
- Bridge the gap between cultures and health care systems – improving health outcomes
For more information see Community Health Worker Project.
Outreach to Media Serving Cultural Communities in Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Health and the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health maintains a list of media outlets that serve people with limited English proficiency and other cultural communities. If you know of print, radio or television stations that should be included in our database, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the outlet, media form, community served, news director name and contact info, and Web site.
Autism and the Somali Community
During the fall of 2008, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Somali community began a dialogue related to concerns expressed by the community about the number of preschool Somali children with a classification of autism in the Minneapolis Public Schools. During this process, a need for more information was identified.
For resources and information on autism for Somali families, see Autism and the Somali Community.