Isuroon is able to do the many important programs for our community thanks to the interns who dedicate their time and expertise to this organization.

Summer 2015 Interns include:

Fadume Ashiro is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the U of M after having earned her BA in Nutrition there. Her expertise is in nutrition, exercise, consulting, and corporate wellness. Currently she works full time as a Public Health Nutritionist where she discuses health related problems that face the community, educates individuals on reducing obesity addresses health problems, and emphasizes physical activities. Her interests are varied, but largely focus on health promotion in refugee and immigrant communities, with a focus on perinatal and reproductive health. Fadume has become especially interested in the intersection of conflict and forced migration. She strives to be a strong voice for mothers, infants and children amid the health disparities and cultural sensitivities in the Somali community.

AliALINDA (ALI) LAUER  is a first year graduate student earning her master’s degree in public health at Tulane University. She grew up in St. Paul and attended the University of MN, earning a B.A. in Global Studies with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and issues of population, migration, and identity. Ali has lived and worked in various countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa and hopes to pursue a career strengthening health care systems in this region of the world. She is passionate about identifying, and addressing barriers to essential health services faced by low-income populations. Working for Isuroon this summer will allow Ali to develop skills in cross-culture health communication, program development, and health promotion. Most importantly, working for Isuroon will give her the opportunity to develop relationships in the Somali community that will broaden her world view and thus enhance her ability to work in public health.

As an intern, Caitlin looks forward to learning from and working with Isuroon and the community it serves.  With a background in refugee health, global health and community health promotion, she hopes to contribute my experience to support the strong Somali women of the Twin Cities, facilitate community relationships, and learn how to better serve our diverse communities as a future health care provider. Caitlin will be helping Isuroon with funding opportunities and participating in outreach and community engagement opportunities as often as possible. She is looking forward to growing and learning with all of the members of Isuroon and the community through her internship.

Nasra Osman is in her second year of earning her Master’s degree in Public Health from North Dakota State University with an emphasis on Health promotion. Having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health from Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota, she has a strong passion public health promotion and health equity and has worked with non-profit organizations that have focused on addressing the needs of low income populations in Minnesota.
During her internship with ISUROON, she will be working on implementing the educational programming for the Cervical Cancer Project through outreach. The main goal is to increase screening rates for cervical cancer among this group which has been shown to be one of the lowest. Through this internship, she will be able to develop the skills to engage community members, build partnership with organizations and design and deliver culturally appropriate health education.


Fadumo Abdinur, who goes by her nickname, Anab, has been an Isuroon volunteer for two years. During that time she has also been helping Somali women adjust to life in the United States independently as a member of the Minnesota Somali community.

Anab owns a women’s clothing store that many Somali women shop at. Within her retail position, Anab serves as a resource for recent immigrants. Starting a new life in a new country is not easy, and many of Anab’s customers face especially difficult transitions because while adjusting to a new country and new culture, they are also dealing with poverty, looking for jobs in a difficult economy, raising many children, and learning an entirely new language. Anab talks to women in Somali and helps them figure out how to navigate life in Minnesota. She connects recent immigrants with the resources they need to become self-sufficient, including networking for jobs and education.

Like many of the new immigrants who visit her store today, Anab faced many obstacles when she first came to the United States. She likes to describe the shock of the Minnesota weather to explain how disorienting her move was. Anab first moved to Texas, where the weather was hot like in Somalia. Therefore, when she moved to Minnesota during the winter of 1999 with no information on what life would be like here, she did not have warm shoes or a winter jacket. She found herself mostly home-bound. Anab explained, “I didn’t want to go out because it was so cold.”

Anab found her way by talking to people in the Minnesota Somali community. Community members helped her find warm clothing, learn English, find work, and eventually get involved as an activist with Isuroon. With their help and a determined attitude, she was able to become self-sufficient and is on the way to achieving her goals.

Because of her experiences, Anab is able to recognize new immigrants when they come into her store by how they are dressed. Even if they don’t ask for help, she asks them how they are adjusting and offers guidance. She is proud to now be able to use her experiences to help other Somali women to build their lives here and become independent.