Health professions students to learn more about New American resettlement

August 15, 2016 – Fargo, North Dakota – Students in NDSU’s College of Health Professions will learn more about “New American Resettlement: Challenges and Opportunities” on Wednesday, September 14 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Sudro Hall, Room 22.

Jessica Thomasson, CEO of Lutheran Social Services, will speak at the event, which also will include discussion of the role that health care professionals play in serving those in need. LSS assists New Americans as they work to become part of the Fargo-Moorhead community, seeking jobs, opening businesses and contributing to the area’s diversity.

“As health care professionals, the populations that our students will serve in their careers are increasingly diverse,” said Mark Strand, professor of pharmacy practice. “Understanding different backgrounds and cultural experiences will be critical as students provide quality health care in their future careers.”

Lutheran Social Services serves as the state’s New Americans coordinator, as appointed by the North Dakota Department of Human Services. According to the LSS website, approximately 50,000 refugees are legally admitted to the U.S. for resettlement each year and North Dakota receives about 400 people in the program. Since 1946, the organization has resettled approximately 4,000 New Americans over a 14-year period. They have come from 35 countries.

The Inclusivity Committee in the College of Health Professions is sponsoring the event. Refreshments will be available. Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to Melissa Eslinger by September 8, 2016.


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