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Other information on the Internet related to Somali culture and health care topics

Cultural Orientation Resource Center - Refugee Backgrounders & Cultural Profiles
The COR Center produces culture profiles, and briefer refugee backgrounders, on the people, history, and culture of different refugee groups to help U.S. service providers understand new refugee populations.
Global to Local Exercise Video-Somali
A 13 minute exercise video narrated in Somali language
Somali Health Board Perinatal Youtube video
This is a short video produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on behalf of the Somali Health Board (SHB- Seattle), promoting the work done by SHB Perinatal Committee. SHB partnered with Columbia Public Health, UW Medicine and Seattle King County Public Health to advocate and promote Centering Pregnancy culturally specific for Somali women throughout King County.
How Foods Affect Blood Sugar: A Guide for Somali Patients with Diabetes
This 21 minute narrated video slideshow presentation is intended to be used by clinicians during discussion with patients about carbohydrates and blood glucose. It is culturally tailored to reflect foods commonly consumed by Somali Americans and includes photos of foods, meal comparisons, and portion sizes. Scroll-over video for table of contents. May take a moment to load.
Somali woman researches health risks of skin-lightening practices
An article by Ibrahim Hirsi published in MinnPost August 21, 2013 about skin lightening products containing dangerous chemicals used by Somali women. This article references a study conducted at the University of Minnesota.
Colorectal Cancer: Routine Screenings - Somali
A short video (6:29, in Somali language only) making the point that colorectal cancer responds best to treatment when it is found as early as possible.
Mental Health Risks and Resilience among Somali and Bhutanese Refugee Parents
October 2016 Report from the Migration Policy Institute looks at the factors that promote or undermine the mental health of young children with refugee parents.
What are Mammograms and Breast Cancer - A Narrated Slideshow in Somali
17 minute 44 second video slideshow about mammograms and breast cancer, with Somali narration and English subtitles. This tool addresses common barriers to mammography for Somali women and is intended to be shown during clinic visits and facilitate dialogue between clinicians and Somali patients about mammograms and breast cancer.
Skin-Lightening Practices and Mercury Exposure in the Somali Community
Article in the July 2013 edition of Minnesota Medicine, the regional medical journal of the Minnesota Medical Association. This article describes an investigation that involved interviewing Somali women about skin-lightening practices and the products they use and then testing those products for mercury. Eleven of the 27 product samples (47%) were found to contain mercury. Some exceeded the current FDA threshold of 1 part per million. This has prompted both state and federal health officials to issue warnings about the use of these products. The article presents a table with specific product names and their corresponding mercury levels.
Stigma and HIV Care in America's African-born Community
A recorded webinar (1hr 7 min; requires Adobe Connect Add-in) presented by Roxanne Kerani, MD, MPH as part of The AIDS Clinical Conference series at Harborview Medical Center. Includes information about the African-born population in King County (demography; HIV epidemiology), stigma (background; in the African-born population; and the HIV care continuum), non-stigma barriers to care, and strategies to improve engagement in care.
Wellshare International - formerly Minnesota International Health Volunteers
A nonprofit organization based in Minnesota, MIHV operates community-based health programs in the United States and abroad. They have a variety of health education materials.
Health Care Providers' Handbook on Muslim Patients
An understanding of Islam is essential for all health providers caring for Muslims, to improve care and attendance of patients and to achieve better compliance with medications. This publication, made available by the Islamic Council of Queensland, deals briefly with those aspects of Islam which would affect treatment of social, psychological, welfare and medical problems of Muslims.
Female Genital Cutting: An Evidence-Based Approach to Clinical Management for the Primary Care Physician
A review article providing an introduction to the practice of female genital cutting (FGC), the different types, cultural considerations for physicians caring for patients with FGC, and some culturally sensitive approaches to discussions about this topic with girls and women for whom this is an issue.
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