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Navigating Telehealth in Limited English Proficiency Populations

The goal of this article is to highlight best practices in Telemedicine as they are emerging during the Covid-19 pandemic and the barriers and facilitators to a successful Telehealth visit with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients.

August 3, 2020 · Article

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Challenges Somali Families Face with Social Distancing

A blog post about unique challenges Somali families face with social distancing and tips to help families stay safe.

May 26, 2020 · Article

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COVID-19 Online Information

A collection of local and national online information resources regarding COVID-19, including links to translated materials.

March 16, 2020 · Article, Video

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Somali Health Survey and Health Disparities

Article about findings from a Somali health survey conducted in 2014 by the Somali Health Board of Seattle.

January 22, 2020 · Article

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Somali Bantu Refugees

For information about general Somali culture, visit the Somali culture page. Recent History In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the […]

May 1, 2018 · Article

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Discussing Measles and MMR Vaccine with Your Somali Patients

Brief article with background information and recommendations relevant to facilitating conversation with Somali patients about measles and MMR vaccine, including addressing concerns related to misinformation about link between MMR and autism.

April 26, 2018 · Article

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Measles Outbreak: A Somali Health Board presentation

video of a presentation about measles and the outbreak in the SeSomali community in Minnesota, with discussion and education about concern in Somali communities of perceived link between MMR vaccine and autism.

April 5, 2017 · Video

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Translated Nurse-to-Patient Communication Pages – Harborview

Pages developed with nurses and interpreters to aid caregivers in communicating basic information to their patients.

October 5, 2016

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My Body: Human Reproductive Anatomy

This book uses simple illustrations and basic definitions to describe male and female reproductive anatomy.

August 12, 2016 · PDF

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Somali Refugee Mental Health Cultural Profile – Literature Update

In 2016, the Epidemiology and Research Literature Summary section of EthnoMed’s Somali Refugee Mental Health Cultural Profile was updated with new information based on a review of research articles published 2004-2015. These updates are presented here.

July 21, 2016 · Article

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Somali Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices Regarding Vaccination

In 2011 Public Health Seattle King County held focus groups with local Somali community leaders to learn about their attitudes, beliefs and practices regarding vaccination.

July 14, 2016 · Article

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Diabetes in the Somali Community: Recommendations for Educators

Information for diabetes educators about diabetes in the Somali refugee community, featuring information about religion, traditional diet and cultural beliefs, recommendations for providers and links to patient education resources.

December 18, 2015 · Article

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Provider Guide for Somali Slideshow “What are Mammograms and Breast Cancer?”

This guide gives background and guidance for providers using the Somali narrated slideshow “What are Mammograms and Breast Cancer?”.

November 10, 2015 · Article, PDF, Video

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Advance Directives Presentation – Khmer/English

This is a 41 minute video presentation of a discussion led by Dr. Alex Molnar (Harborview Med Center/Univ of WA) with a community group of Cambodian Americans about the subjects of advance directives and end-of-life decision making.

October 2, 2015 · Video

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Somali Community Organizations in Seattle

Information about Somali service agencies, community organizations in and around Seattle.

August 10, 2015 · Article

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Somali Perinatal Preference: A Summary for Providers

Recommendations for OB providers about Somali women’s preferences for education and approaches to care during prenatal period and labor/delivery.

September 30, 2014 · PDF

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Language expert Mekonnen Gebretsadik and Benji Perin discussing Tigrigna phrases.

Phrases of Courtesy in Nine Languages: A Tool for Medical Providers

Features videos of native speakers saying phrases of courtesy in nine languages. This tool is to help develop rapport in the interpreted health encounter.

August 8, 2013 · Article, Video

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Skin Lightening Practices and Mercury Exposure in the Somali Community

Article describinginterviews with Somali women about skin-lightening practices and the products they use and testing those products for mercury.

July 1, 2013 · PDF

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Communicating with Diabetic and pre-Diabetic Somali Patients

A concise guide from WellShare International about having the conversation of diabetes with Somali patients. Topics include Somali cultural foods and how to adapt them to be healthier, suggested questions to ask patients about their diets, and some cultural and medical information that providers should know.

June 21, 2013 · PDF

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Responding to a Request: Gender-Exclusive Swims in a Somali Community

The article describes a creative intervention to improve physical activity among Somali immigrants in Seattle, Washington.

January 1, 2010 · PDF

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Somali Audio Teaching Tool about Tuberculosis and TB Treatment

This audio-based education tool can be used to introduce the topic of TB, prior to even beginning to discuss the need for PPD skin testing or at any step in the TB evaluation process (it can be used after a PPD is determined to be positive, after the x-ray has been performed, before INH has been recommended, or during INH TLTBI to reinforce the rationale for taking treatment for LTBI).

September 3, 2009 · Audio, PDF

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Group Nutrition Education Poster

1 page poster PDF summarizing a WIC group nutrition project for Spanish and Somali families.

August 17, 2009 · PDF

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Report on Somali Diet

Information about common dietary beliefs and practices of Somali participants in WIC nutrition education.

August 17, 2009 · Article

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Failure to Thrive and Oral Aversion in Immigrant Infants and Toddlers

Summary report of a quality improvement project carried out to determine if there were common patterns found in the history and presentation of non-organic failure to thrive among Somali infants and if underlying cultural factors might be influencing this condition.

August 14, 2009 · Article

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“My baby refuses to eat!” Overfeeding of Somali Infants

Article describing a pattern of overfeeding Somali infants leading to conditions such as refusal to eat, oral aversion, failure to thrive; includes recommendations for clinically effective intervention and prevention.

August 14, 2009 · Article

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Somali Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Study: Infant and Young Child Feeding and Health Seeking Practices

The purpose of this study was to enhance an understanding of the contribution of poor child care practices to malnutrition (both acute and chronic) and subsequently provide key recommendations for simple and effective responses.

August 14, 2009 · PDF

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Breast Feeding Support for Somali Mothers

A powerpoint slide show about infant overfeeding in immigrant families, with focus on Somali families.

August 14, 2009 · PDF

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Somali Mental Health

The challenges facing Somali immigrants and refugees in the Twin Cities are complex and their needs are great. Besides facing enormous cultural and language differences, African immigrants and refugees contend with racism, often have limited literacy skills, and hold jobs where they barely earn minimum wage and have difficulty providing for their families.

August 13, 2009 · Article

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Oral Health Beliefs, Traditions and Practices in the Somali Culture

Information about cultural practices and health beliefs impact the oral care of Somalis, and practical implications for providers.

August 8, 2009 · Article

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Skin Decorations in East African Patients

A short clinical pearl about the use of henna as skin decoration.

August 7, 2009 · Article

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Perinatal Profile for Patients from Somalia

Information to help providers become familiar with the cultural values and historical experiences of women from Somalia and their families, as it pertains to obstetrical outcomes and providing culturally appropriate care.

December 8, 2008 · Article

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Somali Refugee Mental Health Cultural Profile

Information about depression, anxiety and PTSD within the Somali refugee community; common beliefs and traditional treatment for mental illness in Somalia, and advice for healthcare providers working with Somali refugees.

November 1, 2008 · Article

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Hyperlipidemia: Diet, Education & Health Promotion for Somali Refugees

This article discusses the lay and medical terms used for hypertension in Somali language and their influence on patients’ understanding of the disease.

September 1, 2008 · Article

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Somali Bantu Literature Review

A literature review that provides information on Somali Bantu history and culture.

May 1, 2008 · Article

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Medical Examiner Dialogue: Somali

Information about the cultural and religious norms associated with death and dying among Somalis.

April 1, 2008 · Article

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Somali Funeral Traditions

To be practiced in the US, the traditional Somali funeral may require building awareness among local service providers and authorities about Somali customs.

April 1, 2008 · Article

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Somali Depression Profile

Article about Somali culture, relating to mental health and depression.

March 1, 2006 · Article

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Somali Tuberculosis Cultural Profile

Background & Methods In recognition of the role that culture plays in shaping people’s attitudes towards illness and their compliance […]

February 1, 2006

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Nutrition and fasting in Somali Culture

Information about typical Somali foods and fasting traditions, influenced by Sunni Muslim practice.

June 1, 2001 · Article

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Somali Hepatitis Cultural Profile

A brief overview of Somali cultural understandings of hepatitis.

March 1, 1998 · Article

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Dysuria Symptoms in Somali Girls and Women

A short clinical pearl about dysuria in Somali females who have had ritual genital surgery.

October 1, 1997 · Article

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Uvulectomy

Look more closely the next time that you examine the throat of a patient born in Africa. Is the uvula […]

September 1, 1996 · Article

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Peripartum and Infant Care Issues and Practices among Refugee Groups in Seattle

Some traditional practices around pregnancy and infant care in Southeast Asian and East African groups in Seattle.

August 1, 1996

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Circular Burn Scarring on Asian and African Patients

A short clinical pearl about patterned circular scars on the skin of Asian and African patients.

August 1, 1996 · Article

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Somali Asthma Cultural Profile

Asthma is a well recognized disease in Somalia, both in urban and rural environments. One person said asthma is very common there because Somalia is a hot, dry, dusty country and dust causes asthma.

February 1, 1995 · Article

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