To improve the health of women, children, and their communities around the world.
Review Completed: 9/24/2013
122 W. Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
|Other Names Used
||Minnesota International Health Volunteers (old name)
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|Board meetings with quorum
|Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings
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Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
In 2012, the organization reached over 15,000 Somalis through its Somali Child Spacing (Family Planning) Program and also conducted qualitative research with newly arrived Karen refugees.
WellShare also worked in a large housing complex to prepare residents for a smoke-free policy and helped residents with asthma get connected to nursing care. In NE Minneapolis, WellShare helped 3 corner stores carry fresh produce and created a list of healthy resources. WellShare also conducted focus groups with Somali men in order to understand smoking use.
WellShare worked to prevent diabetes among Somalis using the “I Can Prevent Diabetes” curriculum which they adapted to suit the needs of the community. Diabetes and Somali elder fitness classes were also held. WellShare worked with over 100 youth to provide nutrition education classes and implemented an after-school program which offers a constructive environment for Somali youth. In addition, WellShare helped over 100 Somali elders navigate the health system, provided professional training to over 200 community health workers, and worked to educate east Africans on how to reduce inappropriate emergency room use.
In Tanzania, WellShare trained 163 individuals in village banking and started income generation activities. WellShare also trained 13 traditional birth attendants and 12 women’s group participants to provide leadership and health education activities.
In Uganda, WellShare trained community health workers in contraceptive use and trained organizations in how to set up setting up family planning programs. WellShare also worked on a large HIV/AIDS program which reached over 11,143 adults during the life of the project.
The programmatic goals of the organization are to maintain and expand our work in community-based health programming and continue to work to reduce health disparities among refugees and immigrants, specifically:
• Goal 1: Maintain and expand our Center for Somali Health and existing Somali health programs
• Goal 2: Expand high quality health programming to underserved communities in Minnesota
• Goal 3: Continue and expand training and education opportunities to empower refugees and immigrants
• Goal 4: Continue Advocacy Efforts to Reduce Health Disparities
• Goal 5: Maintain a Sustainable Volunteer Program
• Goal 6: Communicate WellShare’s work to board, staff, and general public
• Goal 7: Internal Staff Development – Create a continuous learning environment to share 'lessons learned' from all programs
In addition to the programmatic goals, WellShare has the following goals related to
building the fund development capabilities and ensure financial stability of the organization
• Goal 1: Build the fund development capabilities and ensure financial stability of the organization
• Goal 2:: Create a budget and development plan to accomplish strategic goals
• Goal 3: Build the fund development capability
• Goal 4: Ensure financial stability and compliance
WellShare also wants to build its organizational capacity, leadership, governance and public visibility capabilities including:
• Goal 1: Strengthen the governance function and capacity of WellShare
• Goal 2: Build the marketing capability of WellShare International
Community or Constituency Served
Communities in east Africa and refugees and immigrants in the Twin Cities.
Geographic Area Served
East Africa and Minnesota
Impact and Programs
3 Year Average Expenses
Unrestricted Net Assets
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|Beginning of Year
|Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990
|Based on information provided on 2010 to 2012