47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Friday, April 21 • 8:00am - 9:25am
FR8.00.14 Using Local Research to Inform Action (Programs and Public Policies) with and for Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities

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We will share the results of Speaking for Ourselves, a study conducted by Wilder Research with and for immigrants and refugees in the Twin Cities, including in-depth interviews with 459 Hmong, Karen, Latino, Liberian, and Somali individuals. The goal of Speaking for Ourselves was to produce useful information for improving service access and delivery and public policies that affect immigrants and refugees in the Twin Cities. The key findings and action items from each topic area covered, including social engagement, education, employment, personal finances, health, housing, transportation, safety, and discrimination will be presented. Then, presenters from tpt (Twin Cities Public Television) will discuss how cultural and language differences impact immigrant communities’ needs and preferences for public television and related programming, and how various research efforts such as Speaking for Ourselves have informed their efforts. Finally, a presenter from Hennepin County Public Health will share population-level health data from their recent SHAPE survey and will describe how they use Speaking for Ourselves to provide more information about the health status and concerns of immigrants and refugees in Hennepin County.

Anna Bartholomay, Wilder Research
Lillian McDonald, Twin Cities Public Televison 
Kaolee Vang, Twin Cities Public Television
Dave Johnson, Hennepin County Public Health

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Anna Bartholomay

Research Associate, Wilder Research
As a Research Associate at Wilder Research, Anna has worked on a portfolio of projects related to public health, education, and human services, including several multi-method community needs assessments for Community Action Partnership agencies, public health agencies, and hospitals... Read More →

Lillian McDonald

Managing Director, Twin Cities Public Television
Lillian McDonald is the Managing Director for Twin Cities Public Television’s Emergency Response Services or E-R-S. ERS evolved out of collaborative work between TPT and Public Safety Partners to prepare real time warning and alerts in different languages including Spanish, Hmong... Read More →

Kaolee Vang

Cultural Outreach and Project Manager, Twin Cities PBS


Friday April 21, 2017 8:00am - 9:25am
Greenway Ballroom-I (2nd Floor)