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.