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Getting your Green Card?: New vaccination requirements for refugees and immigrants

As of July 1, 2008, there are several new vaccination requirements for refugees and immigrants who are getting their Green Cards (Adjusting their Status).  These requirements come from the U.S.…

Finding a Doctor for Your Family

When Mary resettled in the United States after leaving her African home because of war, she had to learn about the new culture. She found a job working in a…

Medical Care for Pregnant Women

Expecting a baby is a happy experience, but it can also be a bit frightening and overwhelming. Mary, a recent arrival from Africa, is worried about her co-worker, Helen. Like Mary, Helen…

HIV Infections Increase Among Africans in Minnesota

HIV Infections Increase Among Africans in Minnesota

A recent report by the Minnesota Department of Health, the “HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report” says that the number of new HIV infections has increased among all state demographics including African-born immigrants.

Eat Healthy to Stay Healthy

When refugees arrive in the United States they can encounter many new foods, including chips, soda, candy and fast food. For some refugees this food represents a new life and they eat…

Talking to Your Traumatized Child

Just like adults, children and young people experience stress and anxiety as they adjust to a new culture. Mary and her son are similar to many new arrivals. They survived…

HIV/AIDS Education: Progression of HIV to AIDS

The stigma associated with HIV/AIDS is still prevalent among many communities in the world. With progress made in the health care field, a positive HIV status is no longer an…

There is Help for Refugees Struggling with Stress

Mary works as a nursing assistant at the local nursing home. She arrived at work one day feeling somewhat tired, but unable to work. Halfway through the day, she developed…

Healing After War is a Long Process but it’s Possible

Mariam thought she would be able to sleep at night once she joined her family in Minneapolis. Because her African community in Minnesota is large, she thought she would feel…

No One is Too Old for Immunizations

Traveling or relocating to new regions of the world (the United States is no exception) increases chances of contacting diseases that were absent in one’s country of origin, making it…

Immunizations for Your Child: What you need to Know

It may seem like you or you child are getting a lot of vaccinations, but vaccines are a very important part of protecting your children and yourself from some very…