Somalia to America: Diverse Health Perspectives

Forum Interprofessional Education Collaborative

Fatuma Hussein

NBC News correspondent

Health and Social Justice for Immigrant, Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women

Fatuma Hussein is the founder of United Somali Women in Maine (USWM), a non-profit refugee organization committed to advocating for health and social justice for immigrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women. In this IPEC presentation, she will focus on the complex health needs and diverse health perspectives of women and families from the Somali culture.

The mission of United Somali Women of Maine (USWM) is to assists refugee and immigrant women living in Maine in a manner which reflects their gender and cultural practices. The United Somali Women of Maine Women’s Center works to promote culturally and linguistically appropriate services, self-sufficiency, advocacy, empowerment, increase access to information, prevent all types of violence and promote a non-sexist, multi-cultural environment that rises up the strengths of refugee women and girls.

USWM was formed in 2001 by refugee women to respond to the arrival of a significant population of Somali refugees and secondary migrants (refugees originally resettled to a different location in the United States who then subsequently moved to Maine).


1. Understand cultural and economic factors that affect health perceptions and health care delivery with immigrant, refugee and asylum seeking women.

2. Learn about local resources and programs that serve this population.

IPE Competencies:

  • Ethics/Values
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Patient Centeredness
  • Communication
  • Teamwork


Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)

12:00 PM1:30 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall (behind Parker Pavilion in Proctor Hall)

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public