Minnesota is home to many different people, including one of the largest East African populations in the country. Two communities—Somalis and Ethiopians in Minneapolis and St. Paul—face many challenges as immigrants living in the United States, particularly in healthcare. Motohiro Nakajima, PhD, an assistant professor, and Mustafa al’Absi, PhD, a professor, both in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health, recognized how these cultural challenges create health disparities.

Dr. Nakajima’s research endeavors have recently focused on studying behavioral health regarding mental health and addiction among East African communities.

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