Our Mission

​​HERISA is a Minnesota registered private health and research institute that focuses on health and research issues for minority communities including Somali Americans in the United States. Its overarching goal is to improve the overall health of minority communities through research, health education, capacity building, and community engagement. HERISA partners with government health departments, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), academia and community based organization in order to reduce or eliminate the health disparities that Minnesota's minority communities are facing.

Part of HERISA’s collaborative projects and partnerships are based on bilingual (English and Somali) services led by Somali-American health and research professionals with graduate degrees coupled with extensive professional and personal experiences.
 

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Health Disparities Research


Community Health Education 


Community Health Engagement


Cultural Consultancy for Health


Recruitment of Subjects for Research Studies and Clinical Trials


Capacity Building for Community

Health Service Providers


Preparation for Strategic Planning


​Grant/Report Writing


Program/Project Evaluation

HeRISA's Background

Reducing health disparities among minority communities including Somali Americans through culturally appropriate health and research programs as well as capacity building

​​​​Health Services Research

- Health Disparities Research
- Community Health Education

- Cultural Consultancy for Health
- Community Health Engagement
Recruitment of Subjects for Research Studies and Clinical Trials

Capacity Building for Community Health Service Providers



Performing health and research projects/programs for minority communities including Somali Americans by HERISA’s staff, consultants/collaborators or in partnership with collaborators and clients

Our Vision

What We Do