Since Isuroon’s inception, Community Based Research (CBR) has been a foundation and driver of our work. The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota defines CBR as a collaborative activity that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strength each brings. CBR begins with a research topic of importance to the community, with the aim of combining knowledge and action to improve communities and eliminate disparities.
Isuroon has a long-held partnership with CURA, and in 2013 collaborated on a research project surveying 104 Somali women, whose top concerns cemented Isuroon’s plan to broaden its mission and include system issues related to Somali women’s health and wellness.
In 2012, we partnered with a researcher from the University of San Francisco to assess the reproductive health of Somali women and produce a guide to culturally competent care for the providers who work with them.
Most recently, Isuroon joined with the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations to investigate strategies for improving cancer-screening rates among local Somali women. After success with education sessions that increased breast-cancer screening rates among participants, Isuroon now is working to develop and test a culturally specific curriculum on cervical-cancer prevention. Once our teaching approach is refined and validated, we hope to share it with other Somali immigrant communities across the U.S.
If you are:
- A researcher interested in partnering with Isuroon
- A health care provider or policymaker interested in training’s or access to our Somali-specific data
Call us: 612-886-2731