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Providing Culturally Appropriate Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services to Somali Immigrants and Refugees - A Reference Guide

Author(s): Wellshare International
Date Authored: January 01, 2009
Development and distribution of this booklet is made possible by the Somali Child Spacing Program with funding from the Minnesota Department of Health Family Planning Special Projects (FPSP). Disclaimer: This guide is meant to be an introduction to the Somali community. It is a compilation of lessons learned from WellShare International experience and research, including community input and review by the Somali Child Spacing Program Advisory Committee. Although there are many similarities in Somali lifestyle choices, religion, values and cultural beliefs, the Somali community is not homogenous. This guide does not attempt to characterize all Somali individuals as having similar beliefs.

PDF (30 pages) This reference guide introduces concepts in culturally competent health care, provides background information on the Somali population in general and the Somali community in Minnesota, and provides specific information on Somali reproductive health trends and beliefs, Somali adolescent reproductive health, greetings and gestures, and additional resources.

Providing-Culturally-Appropriate-Reproductive-Health-Reference-Guide.pdf — PDF document, 2432Kb