SoLaHmo: Partnership for Health and Wellness

Who We Are

SoLaHmo is a community-driven program of West Side. Most of the community researcher are Somali, Latino, and Hmong (or have come from Somali, Latino, and Hmong communities).

While historically, SoLaHmo has been made up of Somali, Latino and Hmong community members, more recently community researchers from additional ethnic communities and communities of identity have joined us for specific research projects relevant for their communities.

SoLaHmo is a community-based participatory action research group where community members, researchers, and healthcare providers can work together to make a difference in community health by tapping into community strengths and wisdom while preparing community members to be equal partners in research.

Research

SoLaHmo is a community-driven organization of community researchers using

  • Community-based participatory action research (CBPAR)
  • Asset-based approaches to maximize communities’ health
  • Community members are equal partners in all phases of research
  • Partnerships are built on Trust, Shared Power, Shared Resources, Shared Decision Making
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Mission & Vision

We build upon the unique cultural strengths of Somali, Latino, Hmong, and other communities to promote health and wellness through community-based participatory action research (CBPAR), education, and policy. More CBPAR info.

We are dedicated to the reality that Somali, Latino, Hmong, and other communities have the knowledge, skills, and power to participate as equal partners with researchers and healthcare professionals to maximize community health and wellness.

 

Community-Based Health Priority Areas

Prevent Chronic Disease

Promote Healthy Families and Youth

Improve Mental Health

Increase Culturally Responsive Health Care

Cultural Asset Framework

 

  • Roots – Foundational Values
  • Trunk (Main Cultural Asset) – Social Connectedness with Family, Community, and other Communities
  • Branches (6 Key Cultural Assets) – Language, Religion, Knowledge, Cultural Arts, Cultural Traditions, Work Ethic
  • Leaves/Fruit (Result) – Healthy, Strong, Safe Families and Communities

History

2008 – Held dialogues with Somali, Latino, and Hmong community. Supported by Blue Cross-Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota to create an asset framework for the Hmong, Latino, and Somali communities. Conducted 2-3 dialogues per community with a total of 72 participants in West Side’s patient area.

2009 – Conducted empowerment education with 10 community members to become Community Researchers in CBPAR.

2010 – Conducted a strategic planning process with Somali, Latino, and Hmong community members, which formed SoLaHmo.

Social & Structural Determinants of Health

We recognize that social and structural determinants of health influence all aspects of health:

Power/Privilege  –  Economics  –  Education  – Environment  –  Social Context  –  Healthcare  –  Media/Advertising

We choose projects, design methods, collect and analyze information, interpret findings, and design/implement actions with activities based on this understanding.

CBPAR: Community-based Participatory Action Research Projects

  • Improves Community Health / Clinical Care
  • Increases Capacity of Community Members and Academic Partners
  • Supports Community Members’ Careers (Pipeline to Academic Health Science Careers)
  • Influences National Best Practices for CBPAR

SoLaHmo Partnerships and Approaches- Publications

SoLaHmo Partnerships and Approaches- Presentations

  • Interdisciplinary and Multisectoral Action to Address the Social Determinants of Health –  Culhane-Pera K, Hang M, Millien C, Ortega LE, Pergament S. Bridging Clinic and Community. Social Medicine Consortium 2016 Conference: Reimagining Social Medicine. April 30, 2016.
  • Community Participatory Research by Somali, Latino, and Hmong Communities: SoLaHmo – Pergament S, Ortega L, Ahmed A, Hang M, Navas M. Teenwise Minnesota Annual Conference. Brooklyn Center, MN. May 6, 2011 (Workshop).
  • SoLaHmo Partnership for Health and Wellness: CBPAR for Community Health Centers. Culhane-Pera KA, Ortega L, Ahmed A, Hang M, Navas M, Pergament S.Many Faces of Community Health Conference. St Louis Park, MN. October 29, 2010. (Workshop)

SoLaHmo Partnerships and Approaches- Posters

  • HPV Vaccination in Hmong Adolescents: Multi-Level Communication Strategies for HPV Vaccination in Hmong Adolescents
  • Very Important Pharmacogenes in the Hmong Community (VIP-Hmong)
  • GOUT-H in the Hmong Community (Genetics Of Hyper-Uricemia Therapy in Hmong)
  • Somali, Latino, and Hmong Parental Perceptions and Practices of Raising Healthy-Weight Children – Arcan C, Pergament S, Rosas-Lee M, Ortega LE, Thao MS, Xiong MB, Vang C, Culhane-Pera KA. 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities. National Harbor, MD. December 2012.
  • Report from NIH Grant – Allen M and Culhane-Pera KA. Partners in Research. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, Seattle Washington, November 15, 2010.
  • Partners in Research: Maximizing Immigrant and Refugee Health through Community-based Participatory Action Research – Allen M and SoLaHmo members. Partners in Research Meeting – National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD. October 25, 2009.
  • Healthy St. Paul Families: Utilizing Somali, Latino & Hmong Cultural Assets to Promote Healthy Diet & Physical Activity – Hang M, Omaar L, Ortega LE, and Pergament S. Many Faces of Community Health Conference. October 25, 2012.
  • Somali, Latino, and Hmong Parental Perceptions and Practices of Raising Healthy-Weight Children – Rosas-Lee M, Arcan C, Pergament S, Culhane-Pera KA. University of Minnesota Community of Scholars Program. October 19, 2012.

SoLaHmo Partnerships and Approaches- Reports

SoLaHmo Partnerships and Approaches- Newspaper Articles

SoLaHmo Partnerships and Approaches- Radio

  • Somali, Latino and Hmong Radio Stories about Children’s Healthy Eating & Exercise: Findings from a SoLaHmo Pilot Study – Serrano L, Arcan C, Culhane-Pera KA, Pergament S, Adam K, Chang XGS, Dhore N, Dualeh H, Hang M, Ly N, Navarrete M, Omaar L, Ortega LO, Rosas-Lee M, Thao MS, Vang C. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) San Diego, May 21-24, 2013.
  • Somali, Latino and Hmong Radio Stories about Children’s Healthy Eating & Exercise: A SoLaHmo Pilot Study (Findings) – Serrano L, Arcan C, Culhane-Pera KA, Pergament S, Adam K, Chang XGS, Dhore N, Dualeh H, Hang M, Ly N, Navarrete M, Omaar L, Ortega LO, Rosas-Lee M, Thao MS, Vang C. 2013 Poster Session and Awards Dinner “The Power of Partnerships.” St. Paul, MN. November 20, 2013.
  • Somali, Latino and Hmong Radio Stories about Children’s Healthy Eating & Exercise: A SoLaHmo Pilot Study (Methods) – Serrano L, Arcan C, Culhane-Pera KA, Pergament S, Chang XGS, Dhore N, Dualeh H, Hang M, Ly N, Navarrete M, Omaar L, Ortega LO, Rosas-Lee M, Thao MS, Vang C. Discover through the lens of innovation: CTSI 213 research conference. Mpls, MN. October 1-2, 2013.
  • Frogtown Community Radio (WFNU): “SoLaHmo Voices” (weekly, 2016)
  • SoLaHmo Healthy Lifestyle Stories: 9 radio stories about the prevention of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity (3 stories in Somali, 3 in Spanish and 3 in Hmong). The stories are based on true success stories from interviews with local families in each of the three communities. (Audio in Somali, Spanish and Hmong; written scripts also available in English)
  • Somali Stories (Mondays, 6-7pm)
  • Hmong Stories (Wednesdays, 6-7pm)
  • Latino Stories (Fridays, 6-7pm)

Partnership Building Tools

Other Publications

Hospice Radio Stories

The Hospice Stories Project, a collaboration between Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care (MNHPC), SoLaHmo Partnership for Health and Wellness (SoLaHmo) and ECHO, is building culturally relevant awareness around hospice care in Latino, Somali and Hmong communities in the Twin Cities.

These radio stories are based on true stories from interviews with local families in Hmong, Somali, and Latino

Video:  Spanish  –  Hmong  –  Somali  –  English

Audio 

Hmong Radio Story: Hmong  –  English.

Somali Radio Story Somali  –  English

Latino Radio Story Spanish  –  English

More Info

Healthy Lifestyle Radio Stories

Video: YouTube Audio Links

Scripts

Hmong/English: Obesity  –  Hypertension  –   Diabetes

Somali/English: BMI  –  Hypertension  –  Diabetes 

Latino/English: Childhood Obesity  –  Hypertension  –  Diabetes

 

 

Partnerships

  • University of Minnesota – Center for Bioethics
  • University of Minnesota – Clinical & Translational Science Institute
  • University of Minnesota – Department of Education and Curriculum Development Gustavus Adolphus College
  • University of Minnesota – Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
  • University of Minnesota – Medical School, Program in Health Disparities Research
  • University of Minnesota – School of Public Health
  • University of Minnesota – School of Social Work
  • The University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research, PHDR Resources for Community-based Research, PHDR Resources Co-developed with SoLaHmo Partnership for Health & Wellness. Accessible here.

• University of Minnesota CTSI Resources for Community-Engaged Research. Accessible here.

  • Community Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR)
  • Focus Groups
  • Key Informant Interviews
  • Participatory Data Analysis
  • Ethical Human Subjects Research Workshop – from a Community Perspective
  • Collaborative Agreements for Community-Academic Research Partnerships (MOUs)
  • Research Partnership Protocol: A Gold Standard
  • CAB member affiliations (multiple)
  • Community Campus Partnerships for Health
  • Dial Group
  • ECHO-MN/ TPT
  • Frogtown Radio
  • Hmong American Partnership
  • Kajoog
  • Minnesota Safety Net Coalition
  • MN Association of Community Health Centers
  • MN Department of Health
  • MN Network of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • MN East Side YMCANeighborhood House
  • Quality Measurement Enhancement Project (QMEP)
  • Social Medicine Consortium
  • St Paul-Ramsey County Public Health
  • St. Paul Public Schools
  • Urban Roots

Federal

  • Centers for Disease Control/National Cancer Institute (CDC/NCI)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pipeline2Proposal Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III

Local

  • The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • FR Bigelow Foundation
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • University of Minnesota, Program in Health Disparities Research
  • University of Minnesota, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • St. Paul Foundation
  • UCare Fund

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