VOA 2017 Annual Report - final - Page 6



DIGNITY
Bridge To Health
“She is like my own daughter. She doesn’t only work here, she
is part of our family.” For Halimo, the bridge to a healthier
community is someone who understands her culture.
Deqa Adan is a bridge to
good health for
Halimo and Mohamed
Halimo and Mohamed are healthier today because of Community
Health Worker Deqa Adan. They are two of Deqa’s 51 regular
clients in seven Minneapolis Public Housing buildings. Her CHW
colleague Shantinee Dillard and manager Carrie Harris served
188 people in 2017. The program began in early 2016, with initial
support from the Minneapolis Health Department and a
Community Wellness Grant.
Mohamed, a merchant, immigrated from Somalia in 2009. Halimo
came in 2004 with her seven children, after her husband perished
in Somalia. Both express their gratitude for Deqa’s caring service.
Mohamed
“There is a lot of value in what she does,” Halimo said. “I don’t
miss my appointments with my doctor because she arranges the
transportation. She checks my blood pressure. She is very
important to our community because of our health issues and
language problems.”
MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE
HAVE BENEFITED FROM OUR
COMMUNITY HEALTH
WORKER SERVICES
Halimo
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