Enhancing the quality of life for all refugees from Burma in Minnesota

Community Health Services

Most refugees from Burma are accustomed to seeing doctors only in case of an emergency and do not understand the importance of preventative health care. Many also have mental health issues as a result of trauma sustained in war, refugee camps, and the resettlement process in the United States. KOM leads workshops on chronic disease and injury prevention and helps refugees connect with health care providers to reduce health disparities in the Karen community.

  • Trainings and Workshops We offer workshops in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Health Program on a variety of issues to help refugees learn more about how to maintain good health. These workshops include topics such as: nutrition, diabetes, cancer, alcohol and tobacco use, sexual health, mental health, immunizations, and annual check-ups. We also lead workshops to reduce unintentional injury and violence including home safety, domestic violence, child abuse, and suicide prevention.
  • Choosing a Primary Care Provider We assist refugees in establishing a primary care provider, applying for health insurance, and making medical appointments for routine health exams, as well as cancer and heart disease screenings and follow-up appointments to address any health concerns that are found.
  • Mental Health KOM connects those in need of mental health services to organizations such as Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Center for Victims of Torture (CTV), and Northeast Youth and Family Services as well as independent clinical social workers.
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These services are just a representative list that KOM provides. Please contact us if you, your family, or someone you know in the Karen and Burmese refugee community needs any of the services listed, or services not currently listed.

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